Thornbury

Astronomy

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Covid 19

The Covid 19 outbreak means that the astronomy group cannot meet face to face in the near future.

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The group meets in the Buckingham Room of The Chantry, Thornbury. Meetings take place 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 Mel and Eddie discuss Astro-Archaeology A Pair of Andrews - Regular Speakers

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.

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 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.

If you have any comments about the web site, please sent an email to Webmaster.

Comet Neowise

Comet Neowise photographed by by Bill Beere with St Arildas in the foreground. It was taken at 23:42 on Saturday July 11th.

Comet Neowise by Bill Beere

Notice Board

  • 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).
  • The Perseids meteor shower is made of space debris from the comet Swift-Tuttle. In 2020 it will peak on the night of the 12th/13th August. It will be highest in the sky in the north-east at dawn on Thursday 13th (sunrise will be at 05:51). The moon will be in its third quarter in the north-west.
Dates for your Diary
Mon Aug 3rd Details of the August 2020 meeting will appear here when they become available.
Mon Sep 7th Details of the September 2020 meeting will appear here when they become available.
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Country Dancing Creative Writing
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French WD40 Garden Visits
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Lunch Club 3 Mahjong Monday
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Music Open Meetings and Visits
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