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June 2017

Member Talks

14 June 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Letchworth Free Church Hall, Norton Way South
Letchworth, Herts SG6 1NX United Kingdom
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£2

Tonight we will have three talks given by club members. The talks are as follows: John Watson - Connecting the World, Application Satellites from Arthur C. Clarke to the 21st Century. Simon Kidd - Occultation Timing. Gordon Ewen - Yes, you can take astrophotos! So make a date in your diary and take the opportunity to learn some more about astronomy. As usual, there will be refreshments available. Admission for members £1, non members £2.

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Monthly Meeting

28 June 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Letchworth Free Church Hall, Norton Way South
Letchworth, Herts SG6 1NX United Kingdom
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£2

Black Holes for Beginners by Carolin Crawford Tonights talk is to be given by our Honorary President, Carolin Crawford.  Carolin is based at the Institute of Astronomy in Cambridge and, as well as her research and teaching activities, does a lot of science communications to the public. She gives public lectures and has been a guest on Radio 4 science programmes many times. Carolin is a highly regarded speaker and you can be sure her talk will be absolutely fascinating.…

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Asteroid Day – June 30 2017

30 June 2017
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It is Asteroid Day on June 30 this year. The aim of the day is to raise awareness of asteroids and their potential danger to the Earth. There are thousands of asteroids, mainly between Mars and Jupiter, and they vary in size from metres to hundreds of kilometers. Visit the website below to learn more. https://asteroidday.org/

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July 2017

Astrophotography Meeting

10 July 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
George and Dragon, George and Dragon, 19 High St
Gravely, SG4 7LE United Kingdom
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Monthly Meeting

26 July 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Letchworth Free Church Hall, Norton Way South
Letchworth, Herts SG6 1NX United Kingdom
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£2

Tonight's talk will be given by the astrophotographer Nik Szymanek. Nik is a very well known and widely respected astrophotographer and his images have appeared in many magazines and other publications. The great thing about astrophotography is that the camera can see what the human eye can't, so we will be treated to some wonderful images and Nik will give us an insight to how he acquired them. We will also have an astronomy news update and a summary of…

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August 2017

Committee Meeting

9 August 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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Perseid Meteor Shower

12 August 2017 @ 11:00 pm - 13 August 2017 @ 4:00 am

This week see the peak activity of the Perseid meteor shower, the night of August 12/13, though you can see meteors for several days either side of the peak days. The meteors are caused by the Earth passing through the debris stream of Comet Swift/Tuttle and when bits of debris hit the Earth's atmosphere they burn up. Perseid meteors can be quite bright and move across the sky rapidly, at the peak up to 120 meteors an hour may be…

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Summer Sunshine Event – Solar viewing

13 August 2017 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Standalone Farm, Wilbury Road
Letchworth, SG6 4JN United Kingdom
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Free

LDAS will be at Standalone Farm with a variety of telescopes for safely viewing the sun. Even if it isn't sunny we can show you photographs and video of the sun, you might be surprised at what goes on on the solar surface. Please note that to see the sun through a telescope needs special telescopes, if you use an ordinary telescope you run a real risk of serious damage to your eyes. The event is free of charge.

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Astrophotography Meeting

14 August 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
George and Dragon, George and Dragon, 19 High St
Gravely, SG4 7LE United Kingdom
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Summer Sunshine Event – Solar viewing

27 August 2017 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Standalone Farm, Wilbury Road
Letchworth, SG6 4JN United Kingdom
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Free

LDAS will be a Standalone Farm for the second solar viewing event during August. We will have telescopes specially designed for viewing the sun with safety. If you have a telescope at home do not use it for viewing the sun unless you are certain it is designed for solar viewing. The event is free.

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