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August 2020

LDAS Monthly Meeting – The Great Moon Hoax

26 August 2020 @ 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

26 September 2020 @ 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

30 September 2020 @ 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’

28 October 2020 @ 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!

21 November 2020
Zoom

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

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LDAS Monthly Meeting – Gravitational wave astronomy reveals fatal end of a wild cosmic dance.

25 November 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Free

Tonights talk will be given, via Zoom, by Dr Ulrich Kolb, who says . "Since the Nobel prize winning first detection of gravitational waves emitted by merging black holes in 2015, the list of confirmed gravitational wave events from compact binary mergers has been growing steadily. A complementing rapid-response campaign by telescope facilities around the globe is searching for electromagnetic counterparts of these gravitational wave sources. I will review the state of play and report on some of my experience…

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December 2020

LDAS AGM, and Christmas Talk by Paul Money.

9 December 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Zoom
Free

Tonight we will be having our AGM and it will be done using Zoom. It is planned to be short and to the point and we will then have a talk by Paul l Money.   Paul Money’s Top 10 Images of the Universe Paul is a well known to the society having talked to us numerous times over the last 10 years. He is well known for his enthusiastic and decibel deliveries backed up with a wealth of interesting…

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January 2021

LDAS Monthly Meeting – What Future for Britain’s Dark Skies

January 27 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Zoom

Tonights talk will be given by Bob Mizon MBE. Bob heads the British Astronomical Association Commission for Dark Skies: the threat to our view of the stars from modern lighting and solutions to light pollution. The British Astronomical Association (BAA) is the UK's largest body representing the interests of all those - astronomers and non-astronomers - who appreciate the beauty of the night sky and value it as a natural resource. The starry sky is, unofficially but indubitably, a site…

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February 2021

LDAS Virtual Telescope Workshop

February 13 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Virtual

On Saturday 13 February we will be running a virtual telescope workshop. So, if you have a telescope and aren't sure how to use it join our live meeting from 3-5pm. There will be a 30 minute presentation and you'll then be able to ask questions. It will all happen on our Facebook page, LDASociety. https://www.facebook.com/events/3736725796384430/?notif_id=1611931305904823&notif_t=page_share&ref=notif

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LDAS Monthly Meeting – Two Eyes are Better Than One: Choosing and Using Binoculars for Deep Sky Observing by Steve Tonkin.

February 24 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Zoom

The binocular is not limited to being a beginner's instrument and a subordinate adjunct to a telescope, but is an exceptionally valuable astronomical instrument in its own right. Find out how to choose and use binoculars for deep sky observing: discover what makes a good (or bad!) binocular, distinguish between valuable information and advertising hype, and learn how to optimise your observing experience. Steve writes the Binocular Tour section in the Sky at Night magazine and has published a book…

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