The society met on Thursday 27th March at the slightly later time of 6:30pm. The guest speaker was Simon Dye from Nottingham University who gave a fascinating talk about Dark Matter. Although the research he presented was at a high level Simon was able to make it understandable and interesting for all abilities. It seems that the Dark Matter detectors are not yet sensitive enough to detect this elusive substance but maybe one day….
After the session Simon took questions and then Mike chatted about gravitational waves which have just been detected confirming Einstein’s theory from 1916. He also spoke about the recent discovery of the asteroid Chariklo and the surprise discovery that the remote asteroid is surrounded by two dense and narrow rings. This is the smallest object by far found to have rings and only the fifth body in the Solar System, after the much larger planets Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune to have this feature.
Due to the Easter break and the school being closed the next meeting will be on Thursday May 15th and again starts at the later time of 6:30pm. Our guest speaker will be Martyn Barry from East Midlands Stargazers who will be talking about the lesser known life and times of Sir Isaac Newton. After the talk we will be holding a practical astronomy surgery – we invite you to bring your equipment in and share it with the group. If you have any questions or would like advice about what you should buy, would like to know what software is available or if you are interested in other fields such as astro-photography and need to know where to start we will be happy to assist.