Thornbury

Astronomy

The Covid-19 outbreak means that the astronomy group is not be able to meet face to face.

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During the Covid-19 difficulties the group is holding its meetings using the Zoom video conferencing tool. The meetings are usually held on the first Monday of each month - if that day is a bank holiday, the meeting is held a week later. They start at 10.30am, and last between an hour and an hour and a half. The bulk of each meeting is usually made up of two talks on different astronomical topics. The speakers are always members of the group: our usual practice. Sometimes observations are reported by group members, observing being largely unaffected by the current difficulties.

The thumbnails below are of images taken at our Zoom meetings. (click on a thumbnail to see a larger image)

Whole Group Andrew McLean Andrew Barnes

The membership varies widely in background and we are mainly a talks and discussions group, but with a small number of dedicated, telescope owning observers. We cover astronomy in the widest sense: observations, cosmology, space missions, history and so on. We do not explore the subject systematically - almost every meeting is a stand-alone meeting. We are particularly keen on covering the latest findings in Astronomy as soon as possible after they are announced.

A few days before each meeting a poster is placed on this website advertising the meeting’s main talk. The "Past Meetings" page contains a collection of these posters. 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

  • In 2021 there will be no meetings in June, July and August. The next meeting after the summer break will be in September. We don't yet know whether the September meeting willl be on Zoom or face to face.
  • The next meteor shower will be in August: the Perseids. It will be at its highest in the early mornng of the 13th in the East. The moon will be new, also in the East but not rising until 07:08. The Perseids is made of space debris from the comet Swift-Tuttle.

For Sale

  • Two members of the group have selections of camera adapters which are surplus to their requirements. Take a look at the "For Sale" page (see the link on the right of this page).
  • A small "Jessop’s refractor and tripod" has been offered for sale. Details are on the "For Sale" page (see the link on the right of this page).
Dates for your Diary
Mon Sep 6th Details of the September 2021 meeting will appear here when they become available.
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Book Group 1 Book Group 2
Bridge 1 Bridge 2
Bridge 3 Canasta
Card Making Church Visits 1
Church Visits 2 Cinema
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French Intermediate French WD40
Garden Visits Gentle Exercise
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