September Astronomical Society Meeting Report.

The first meeting of the new school year took place on 25th September when we welcomed Dr Dan Brown of Nottingham Trent University as our guest speaker for the night. His talk, “Nocturnal Skyscapes – Light Pollution and Cultural Heritage” was met with interest from our members. Dr Brown explained how our landscapes and culture have been affected by the celestial canopy and how our actions now endanger that with the effects of light pollution.

After the main talk, due to the usual cloud cover, Mr Perkins gave a brief roundup of some of the many recent space related news. Mentioning the announcement by NASA that SpaceX and Boeing are to provide a solution from the commercial sector to putting NASA Astronauts on the International Space Station, the two probes that have recently successfully arrived in orbit around Mars plus the latest news on the European mission Rosetta.

Our next meeting is on Thursday the 23rd Oct when Julian Onions of Nottingham University will be presenting a “Beginners Guide to Astro-Physics” We look forward to seeing you all then at 6:30pm.

For more information on tonight’s main topic please visit
To download Stellarium please visit

Please note, TLES / MPOLE have no affiliation to the above links.

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