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April 2018

LDAS Monthly Meeting

April 25 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Norton Methodist Church, 9 North Avenue
Letchworth, Herts. SG6 1DH United Kingdom
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“Ten Great Ways to Die – The Science and Chances of the End of Mankind” This talk takes a pragmatic but light-hearted look at a variety of scenarios from the astronomical to the theoretical, the biological to the technological, by which it is commonly believed that mankind as a species could be rendered extinct.  Weighing up the chances of occurrence against the probability of total devastation, we come to understand just how lucky we are to have had the chance…

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May 2018

LDAS Committee Meeting

May 9 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Astrophotography Meeting

May 14 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
George and Dragon, George and Dragon, 19 High St
Gravely, SG4 7LE United Kingdom
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If you are interested in starting, or improving your astrophotography skills, come along to the George and Dragon in Gravely and have a drink and a chat with fellow astrophotographers. Here are a couple of images taken by members David Davies (M46) and Gordon Ewen (the sun).:

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LDAS Monthly Meeting

May 30 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Letchworth Free Church Hall, Norton Way South
Letchworth, Herts SG6 1NX United Kingdom
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"Shaping the darkness: how light helped build the Universe" by Dr Judith Croston of the Open University Light allows us to decipher the mysteries of the night sky, but it also helped to create them. In this talk Judith will show some (beautiful!) examples of how light is a vital actor in the way stars, planetary systems and galaxies work, and the role it plays in the evolution of the Universe. There will be a break for refreshments and an update on…

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June 2018

Astrophotography Meeting

June 11 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
George and Dragon, George and Dragon, 19 High St
Gravely, SG4 7LE United Kingdom
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If you are interested in starting, or improving your astrophotography skills, come along to the Jester Hotel and have a drink and a chat with fellow astrophotographers.

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International Sun Day

June 24 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Standalone Farm, Wilbury Road
Letchworth, SG6 4JN United Kingdom
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Today is International Sun Day and LDAS will be at Standalone Farm with special telescopes for looking at the sun (weather permitting). If you haven't looked at the nearest star through a telescope (don't do this at home or you risk causing eye damage) then come along and have a look. If the sky is blue we may be able to show you sunspots, flares and prominences. Of course, the Farm will be open and you can visit their attractions…

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LDAS Monthly Meeting

June 27 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Letchworth Free Church Hall, Norton Way South
Letchworth, Herts SG6 1NX United Kingdom
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Dr Matthew Boswell will give a talk entitled "Big bangs and big rips: a history of 20th century cosmology". There will be society news. an astronomy news update and refreshments will be provided. Members £2, non members £3.

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July 2018

Astrophotography Meeting

July 9 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
George and Dragon, George and Dragon, 19 High St
Gravely, SG4 7LE United Kingdom
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If you are interested in starting, or improving your astrophotography skills, come along to the Jester Hotel and have a drink and a chat with fellow astrophotographers.

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Observing Evening

July 13 @ 10:30 pm - July 14 @ 1:00 am
Standalone Farm, Wilbury Road
Letchworth, SG6 4JN United Kingdom
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Free

Tonight, weather permitting, the observatory will be open from 2230 for an observing session. All are welcome and there is no fee, although any donations to the club will be welcome. Contact details: observing@ldas.org.net.

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LDAS Monthly Meeting

July 25 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Standalone Farm, Wilbury Road
Letchworth, SG6 4JN United Kingdom
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'Comet Observing' by Guy Hurst. The talk will cover the history of great comets of the past together with their cause and links to the Oort Cloud and Kuiper Belt. However the main thrust of the presentation is to explain their features and observing techniques needed to study or even discover (!) the latest comets and how to report this to TA and the BAA. There will be a break for refreshments and an update on recent astronomy news. Members…

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