December was another busy month for The Long Eaton School and the observatory. The month started off with a visit to the Observatory by Breaston Beaver Scouts who enjoyed their experiments, crafting and observatory tour. Next came the Family Astronomy Club Christmas quiz on the 10th. The meeting was very well attended despite the cloudy night. Teams faced 3 rounds of questions set by Miss Ellender, Miss Harrington and Mr Perkins. After the 3 rounds there could be only one winning team and on this occasion it was Zofia Svarna, Vaughan Bryan, Esme Bryan and Jasmine Bryan who came out victorious.
Next came a historic morning. On the 15th students watched live as Major Tim Peake launched from Russia on the Soyuz rocket headed for the International Space Station (ISS). Joining Miss Ellender’s class was a reporter for the Nottingham Post who the next day ran a double page spread on the launch and how students at The Long Eaton School followed Tim’s launch. Tim Peake is now safely aboard the ISS and will return to Earth in May. He has become the first British astronaut to board the ISS and is the first to be sent into orbit with the UK Space Agency.
Lastly the Long Eaton Astronomical Society met for their festive quiz. This year Mr Perkins themed the questions around British space exploration, very loosely it must be said. As always the quiz was weighted heavily toward fun rather than challenging. The winner was Steve Ibbotson who won by quite some margin despite admitting that most answers were guesses.