We meet in the Buckingham Room of The Chantry, Thornbury, on the first Monday of each month except August, when we take a break. The meetings start informally around 10am with coffee, biscuits and chat, and we sit down for the more formal proceedings at 10.30am. We finish around noon. Each member is expected to make a donation of £1 at each meeting to cover the costs of hiring the room and providing the refreshments.
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The membership varies widely in background and very few of us are telescope-owning observers. We are mainly a talks and discussions group and cover astronomy in the widest sense: observations, cosmology, space missions, history, and so on. We do not explore the subject systematically – every meeting is a stand-alone meeting with a main talk covering one particular topic. We are particularly keen on covering the latest findings in Astronomy as soon as possible after they are announced.
If you wish to know a little more about the group’s activities, you can consult our Astronomy pages on the Thornbury U3A website. In particular, a few days before each meeting a poster is placed on these pages advertising the meeting’s main talk. The "Past Meetings" page contains a collection of these posters and anyone interested in joining us can examine these to get some idea of what we cover. The group welcomes new members.
Contact the Group Leader, Peter Jackson, on 418050 or by email to Astronomy.
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- There will be no AstroView listing of radio and television programmes for week beginning April 20th as I shall be away.
- The first Monday in May is a Bank Holiday. So, the meeting is moved to the second Monday; May 13th.
- The Lyrids meteor shower will be visible in the East in the early morning of April 23rd. The radiant is, as the name suggests,in the constellatuion Lyra which will be highest in the sky between 03:00 and 04:00. The Lyrids are one of the oldest recorded meteor showers—according to some historical Chinese texts, the shower was seen over 2,500 years ago. The fireballs in the meteor shower are created by debris from comet Thatcher, which takes about 415 years to orbit around the Sun. The comet is expected to be visible from Earth again in 2276.
- The Eta Aquarids meteor shower will be at its peak in the couple of houre before dawn on May 7th (dawn is at 05:32 on May 7th 2019). The radiant in Aquarious will be fairly low in the sky to the East. The Eta Aquarids is one of two meteor showers created by debris from Comet Halley. The Earth passes through Halley's path around the Sun a second time in October. This creates the Orionid meteor shower.
|Dates for your Diary|
|Mon May 13th||Details of the May 2019 meeting will appear here as soon as they are available. Note that the First Monday of May is a Bank Holiday, so the meeting of the Astronomy Group will be on the second Monday.|
|Mon Jun 3rd||Details of the June 2019 meeting will appear here as soon as they are available.|
|Mon Jul 1st||Details of the July 2019 meeting will appear here as soon as they are available.|
|Mon Aug 5th||There is no meeting in August.|