This group normally meets monthly on the second Wednesday from 2:30pm to 4pm at Hoddesdon Methodist Church, Middlefield Road to receive illustrated presentations and discuss astronomical topics. However, meetings at present are suspended due to the Coronavirus pandemic and our meeting venue neing closed also for the same reason. Visits to observatories and other places of interest are regularly organised. So come along and find out more about the wonders of the Universe in an informal, friendly atmosphere, and find out more about the latest developments in space exploration. No prior knowledge is necessary and all are welcome. The group is open to new members. We currently have about 15 members and could accommodate more.
The attached photo shows the Astronomy Group on a visit to the National Space Centre in Leicester. Visible in the background of the photo is the Rocket Tower which is five storeys high and contains two actual rockets of types which are used to put satellites into orbit. Inside the main building are various pavilions covering aspects of astronomy and space travel. One interesting exhibit is a Russian Soyuz spacecraft of the type used to carry astronauts to the International Space Station in orbit 250 miles up in space. There is also a large planetarium where we saw a presentation of the evolution of the universe and all the stars and planets, which was very impressive.
We have made other visits to observatories, but our main activity is our monthly meetings which usually include a video or Powerpoint presentation on some aspect of astronomy or space exploration. This is followed by a lively discussion with tea and biscuits.
If you would like to be put in touch with the Leader of this Group, or want to find out more about what the Group does, please send us a message through the 'CONTACT' page of this website and we will get back to you by email or phone.
Maybe you won't see these through your telescope but just think what is out there!
|Horsehead Nebula||This is a small Nebula in the constellation of Orion; the Helix Nebula is a planetary nebula located in the constellation Aquarius.||Helix Nebula|
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