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March 2021

LDAS – An introduction to astrophotography

March 27 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
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On Saturday 27 March at 3pm we will be giving a talk on astrophotography. It will consist of a number of short talks on t he different aspects of imaging the night sky and the Sun. So, if you are wondering about what can be done this is for y ou. If there is sufficient interest we will, at a later date, give more detailed talks on each subject area. There is no cost and you can watch on our…

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LDAS Monthly Meeting – “Asteroid Dawn” (Vesta and Ceres Investigation) by Michael Czajkowski

March 31 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Free

Talk covering the asteroids and the vast increase in knowledge about their formation and composition, focusing on Vesta and Ceres. Michael is an Open University Tutor and member of Lincolon Astronomy Society. There will be a break after the talk and then an astronomy news update from Gordon Ewen      

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April 2021

Astrophotography Meeting

April 12 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Free

Tonight we have an astrophotography meeting starting at 1930. This is a Zoom meeting.

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LDAS Monthly Meeting – Mercury, the incredible shrinking planet.

April 28 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Tonight's talk will be given by Dr Simon Cuthbert of the University of Glasgow. Mercury has been recognised as a “wanderer” of the night sky since Babylonian times, but its proximity to the Sun has made it a difficult body to study. The situation has changed dramatically since the recent MESSENGER mission, which has revealed a fascinating and distinctive member of the family of terrestrial planets. This presentation will explore current knowledge about this rather uncelebrated planet and consider how…

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May 2021

Astrophotography Meeting

May 10 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Free

Tonight we have an astrophotography meeting starting at 1930. This is a Zoom meeting.

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LDAS Monthly Meeting – The Parker Solar Probe, touching the face of the Sun

May 26 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Tonight's talk will be given by Keith Townsend. Launched on 12th August 2018, this adventurous probe will complete many firsts during the next seven years. It will become the fastest man-made object at around 432,000 miles per hour, it will fly closer to the sun than any other object, passing less than four million miles from the surface and it will be the first to physically encounter the sun's corona. There will be a brak following the talk and then…

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June 2021

Monsters in the Dark by Dr Matt Bothwell

June 30 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Tonight's talk will be given by Dr Matt Bothwell. Matt is our new Honorary President so this is a great opportunity to 'meet' him - well, as much as Zoom allows!   Giant elliptical galaxies are by far the biggest and rarest galaxies in the modern Universe. But how do they form? When astronomers used the Hubble Space Telescope to examine the formation of galaxies, peering back billions of years, there didn’t seem to be anything big enough to produce an…

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July 2021

LDAS Monthly Meeting – The James Webb Space Telescope TBC

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

Tonight's talk will be given by Dr Stephen Wilkins, Reader in Astronomy at the School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS) at the University of Sussex, STFC Leadership in Public Engagement Fellow, Head of Astronomy  and the Director of Outreach and Public Engagement (DOPE) for MPS.  He has lectured extensively on the upcoming joint NASA, ESA, and Canadian Space Agency Webb Telescope.  The JWST should launch on 31Oct21 and has a great deal of expectations resting on it's success! Following…

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August 2021

LDAS Monthly Meeting – a PICNIC!

August 25 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Standalone Farm, Wilbury Road
Letchworth, SG6 4JN United Kingdom
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Yes, a picnic. We have decided to have a first social event for a long time, and decided on a a casual occasion where members can get together and discuss whatever takes their fancy. So, if you need some advice on setting up your equipment, or any other help, come along. There will be a brief 'formal' part to the meeting where the committee will remind everyone who they are and we ill be able to support any new members…

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September 2021

LDAS Monthly Meeting – “The Rise of a Giant – Extremely Large Telescope”

September 29 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Free

Dr Aprajita Verma (Dept Physics, Univ of Oxford) Project Scientist for the UK Extremely Large Telescope (ELT) Programme and International Program Coordinator for the Vera C. Rubin Observatory. Responsible for conducting independent research on galaxies at all redshifts. With a primary mirror of diameter 39m (about 20% larger than Stone Henge's Sarsen Circle), the European Southern Observatory's (ESO) Extremely Large Telescope (ELT) will be the "World's Biggest Eye on the Sky" operating in the visible to infrared (IR) wavelength range.…

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