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January 2019

Telescope Workshop

January 26 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Standalone Farm, Wilbury Road
Letchworth, SG6 4JN United Kingdom
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Did you get a telescope for Christmas and aren't sure how to use it? Got one in the loft? If you need help to understand your telescope and make it work come to this workshop and we will get you started. Bring your telescope so we can help you set it up and make it work. It would help if you could mail 'contact@ldas.org.uk' to let us know you are coming and what type of telescope you have, if you…

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LDAS Monthly Meeting – Secrets of the Saturn V Moon Rocket

January 30 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Standalone Farm, Wilbury Road
Letchworth, SG6 4JN United Kingdom
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Tonights talk is by Alan Lawrie from Airbus. 2019 is the 50th anniversary of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin's Moon landing. The giant rocket that took the astronauts to the Moon was the Saturn V. Alan, an Airbus Propulsion engineer, will, in a highly visual presentation, explain some of the interesting and often little known events that occurred on the road to launching the first men to the Moon. Members £2, non members £3. There will be refreshments and an astronomy news…

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February 2019

LDAS Monthly Meeting – “A wondrous discovery” – how the mystery of the missing gold was solved by a kilonova.

February 27 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Standalone Farm, Wilbury Road
Letchworth, SG6 4JN United Kingdom
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Tonights talk is by Keith Tritton and it's about gold! Come and listen and get rich too............ well, in knowledge anyway. On 17 August 2017 the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory LIGO and the Virgo Interferometer simultaneously detected a gravitational wave event. About two seconds later, the European Space Agency’s INTEGRAL telescope and NASA’s Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope observed a short gamma-ray burst from approximately the same direction. Optical astronomers immediately started a hunt to locate the source of the event…

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March 2019

LDAS Public Star Party

March 2 @ 7:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Standalone Farm, Wilbury Road
Letchworth, SG6 4JN United Kingdom
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Tonight we have a star party where, weather permitting, we will show you some of the wonderful objects in the night sky. If you've never looked through a big telescope before now is your chance.  Don't forget to dress warmly. There is no charge for the event, but donations to LDAS would be gratefully accepted.

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April 2019

Lunar Imaging Night

April 13 @ 7:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Standalone Farm, Wilbury Road
Letchworth, SG6 4JN United Kingdom
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Free

Tonight we will be aiming to take images of the moon through the clubs 14" SCT telescope. If you'd like to join in please come along to our observatory at Standalone Farm. The event is free to attend though donations to LDAS will be welcomed.

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