Thornbury

Astronomy

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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Coffee To Start A Chat Beforehand Mel and Eddie discuss Astro-Archaeology
A Pair of Andrews - Regular Speakers Eddie - A Regular Speaker

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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Notice Board

  • The Perseids meteor shower will peak on the night of August 12th/13th. The radiant, as the name suggests is in Perseus. This will be highest in the sky in the early morning of August 13th in the North East. The Perseids meteor shower consists of space debris from the comet Swift-Tuttle.
  • The Draconids will peak on Tuesday/Wednesday the 8th/9th October. The display will be highest in the sky in the early evening of Tuesday. As the name suggests, the radiant is in Draco which will be to the North East on the early evening of Tuesday. Unfortunately, the moon will be approaching full so viewing conditions will not be ideal. The Draconids are caused by the debris left by comet 21 P/Giacobini-Zinner.
  • Later in the month the Orionids will peak on Monday/Tuesday the 21st/22nd October. It will be highest in the sky in the early morning of Wednesday. At this time, Orion, the radiant, will be in the southern sky. At the time, the moon will be in its third quarter. The Orionid meteor shower is one of two meteor showers created by debris from Comet Halley. The Eta Aquarids in May is the other.
Dates for your Diary
Mon Sep 2nd Andrew, Eddie and Andrew will talk about whatever comes to mind - it may be astronomy related.
Mon Oct 7th At the third attempt, and by popular acclaim, Peter Jackson will present a Jupiter Miscellany.
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More Group Pages
Ancient Cultures and Civilisations Archaeology
Architecture Art - Monday Group
Art - Thursday Group Art Appreciation
Art Painting Aspects of the 19th Century
Astronomy Bird Watching
Book Group 1 Book Group 2
Bridge 1 Bridge 2
Bridge 3 Canasta
Card Making Church Visits 1
Church Visits 2 Cinema
Classical Studies Climate Change
Computing Concerts
Country Dancing Creative Writing
Cribbage Cycling
Discussions DIY
Family History Flower Arranging for Beginners
French Book Club French Intermediate
French WD40 Garden Visits
Gentle Exercise Geology
German (Self-Help) History 1
History 2 Indoor Bowls
Investment Club 1 Investment Club 2
Jazz Appreciation Latin
Line Dancing Lunch Club 1
Lunch Club 2 Lunch Club 3
Mahjong Monday Mahjong Western
Mixed Crafts Mosiacs (Self Help)
Music Music Making
Open Meetings and Visits Opera Study Group
Our Living Language Photography
Play Readers Poetry Appreciation
Practical Gardening Forum Railways
Recorders Sailing
Science & Technology Scrabble 1
Scrabble 2 Shakespeare Studies
Table Tennis 1 Table Tennis 2
Table Tennis 3 Table Tennis 4
Table Tennis 5 Tai Chi
The Great War Theatre and Opera Visits
Travel and Tourism US Civil War
Walking Walking - Short Slow Rambles
Whist Wine Group 1
Wine Group 2 Wine Group 3
Wine Group 4