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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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September 2020

International Observe the Moon Event – Sat 26 September

September 26 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Virtual

Saturday is 'International Observe the Moon Day'. We are going to participate by holding a virtual observing evening to be broadcast on Facebook. Several club members will broadcast live video of the Moon, Jupiter and Saturn from their observatories, weather permitting of course. We may also be able to view some other objects such as the /ring Nebula and the Dumbbell Nebula. The event will commence at 1930, here is a link to the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/LDASociety

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LDAS Monthly Meeting – The Atacama Large Submillimeter Array, Supercomputer astronomy

September 30 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Free

Tonights talk will be given by Neill Phillipson on the subject 'The Atacama Large Submillimeter Array' which is located, as the name suggests, in the Atacama desert of Chile. The talk will cover how it works and what discoveries it is making. There will be a break and an astronomy news update by Gordon Ewen.

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October 2020

LDAS Monthly Meeting – Colin Stuart on ‘How to Weigh the Universe’

October 28 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Free

Colin Staurt on 'How to weigh the Universe' We’ve never left our solar system and yet we can weigh planets, stars and even galaxies stretching far across the universe. Find out how on this journey through the cosmos, taking in the latest work on exoplanets, gravitational waves, black holes, dark matter and more. It all hinges on whether the laws of physics are the same out in space as they are here on Earth. Most astronomers believe they are, but…

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November 2020

LDAS – All day astronomy!

November 21
Zoom

Weather permitting we are planning to observe throughout the day and night on November 21.          

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