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February 2020

LDAS Monthly Meeting – Rosetta and Philae

February 26 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Standalone Farm, Wilbury Road
Letchworth, SG6 4JN United Kingdom
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No, it's not the title of an opera...................... This month Dave Eagle will talk to us about the ESA Rosetta/Philae mission to the comet 67P/ Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Who can forget the first images of the comet and its resemblance to a rubber duck, or the excitement of the descent of Philae to the comet's surface. Dave will tell us about the latest results from the mission and have lots of images to see. There will be an astronomy news update and…

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March 2020

Astrophotography Group monthly meeting

March 9 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Wagon and Horses, Gravely, 27 High Street
Gravely, Herts SG4 7LE United Kingdom
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Each month, on the second Monday, those members who are interested in astrophotography meet in the Wagon and Horses in Gravely, near Stevenage. If you are interested to come and along we would be delighted to meet you. Feel free to just turn up, or send a note to the webmaster @ldas.org.uk.

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Stargazing with LDAS – POSTPONED

March 14 @ 7:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Standalone Farm, Wilbury Road
Letchworth, SG6 4JN United Kingdom
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Free

Updated on 11 March.  In view of the current concerns about the Coronavirus (aka Covid-19) we have indefinitely postponed the planned stargazing event for Saturday 14 March. While the risk may generally be regarded as low, we have taken the view that there is no point taking a risk where it can easily be avoided. We will organise an event once the coronavirus  pandemic has been resolved. PLease keep an eye on this website and our Facebook page for future…

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LDAS activities suspended until further notice

March 17 @ 8:00 am - April 30 @ 5:00 pm
Standalone Farm, Wilbury Road
Letchworth, SG6 4JN United Kingdom
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Due to the COVID 19 virus pandemic ALL LDAS activities have been suspended until further notice. Clearly, in the current situation it is imperative to protect our health and government advice is to minimise social contact. The club committee will monitor the ongoing situation and once the government advises it is appropriate to return to normality we will recommence our activities and events. Please keep an eye on this website and our Facebook page.

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April 2020

LDAS Monthly Meeting – a virtual meeting

April 29 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Virtual
Free

Well, we are in week 4 of the Covid-19 shutdown and the LDAS committee decided it was time to try something new. Our physical meetings have been cancelled in the interests of the health of attendees but we have decided that we should try to have a virtual meeting instead. So, on Wednesday 29 April at 193- we will use the Zoom platform to hear a talk by David Davies on the subject 'Shooting Stars, observing the night sky through…

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May 2020

The Rosalind Franklin Rover

May 27 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Standalone Farm, Wilbury Road
Letchworth, SG6 4JN United Kingdom
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Tonight's talk will be given by PAul Meacham. This rover is scheduled to depart for Mars this summer and is a project of ESA. Refreshments will be available and there will be an astronomy news update. Members £2, non members £3

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June 2020

International Sun Day – event postponed

June 21 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
TBC
Free

We have decided to postpone the event proposed for June 21. The forecast for Sunday morning is for mostly cloud which isn't very helpful! Additionally, the sun is very quiet so there isn't much to see. We will attempt another go at this in the coming weeks when we get a good forecast. Hopefully, there may be a sunspot to see. Please monitor this website to keep up to date with our plans. There was a sunspot last week, here…

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Cosmic Dawn and Destiny

June 24 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Standalone Farm, Wilbury Road
Letchworth, SG6 4JN United Kingdom
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Tonight's talk will be given by Paul Fellows on ideas and theories of the origin of the Universe, and the evidence that backs up the modern view including a quick overview of Einstein’s theory of gravity (General Relativity) and what he himself described once as his “greatest blunder” and how now even that idea may turn out to have been right all along pointing the way to Dark Energy and the probable destiny of the whole Universe. There will be…

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July 2020

LDAS Monthly Meeting

July 29 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Zoom
Free

Tonights talk will be communicated via the ZOOM app. The talk will be given by Dr Matt Bothwell from the Institute of Astronomy at Cambridge University and will be on the subject of Exoplanets and the search for life in the universe. There will follow an astronomy news update from Gordon Ewen

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August 2020

LDAS Monthly Meeting – The Great Moon Hoax

August 26 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Free

Tonight we will have a talk, via Zoom, on the subject of 'The Great Moon Hoax' by Dr Steve Barrett of Liverpool University. The talk is considers the view that 'As we all know, the Apollo moon landings of the late 1960s and early 1970s were faked by NASA'.  What is the 'evidence' that supports this claim and does it stand up to scientific scrutiny? There will be a break and an astronomy news update by Gordon Ewen. The event…

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