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January 2018

LDAS Committee Meeting

17 January 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Telescope Workshop

27 January 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Standalone Farm, Wilbury Road
Letchworth, SG6 4JN United Kingdom
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Free

DId you get a new telescope for Christmas? Do you have one that you aren't sure how to use? If you would like to get some help we can show you how to use your scope and get the best from it. We need you to bring the scope with you and we can set it up properly and show you  how to use it. If you would like some help please let us know you are coming and what…

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Monthly Meeting – Aurora by Andrew Green

31 January 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Letchworth Free Church Hall, Norton Way South
Letchworth, Herts SG6 1NX United Kingdom
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Tonights talk will be by Andrew Green on the subject of Aurora. If you have seen aurora for real you will know how spectacular they can be, though this is a rare event in the UK! The aurora is an amazing natural phenomenon showing the interaction of the Sun and the Earth. As an Aurora guide in Iceland, lecturer and veteran of over 500 aurora tours Andy is well placed to explain what causes the aurora, the science behind it and the legends associated…

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February 2018

Astrophotography Meeting

12 February 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
George & Dragon Pub, 19 High Street
Gravely, Hertfordshire 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, Gravely, and have a drink and a chat with fellow astrophotographers. NOTE THE NEW LOCATION

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GO Stargazing! – LDAS Star Party

17 February 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Standalone Farm, Wilbury Road
Letchworth, SG6 4JN United Kingdom
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FORECAST - BROKEN CLOUD - PROMISING! Tonight, LDAS will host a Star Party at Standalone Farm, open to all and free of charge. If you haven't looked through a telescope before come along and see the wonderful things that can be found in the night sky. If the weather permits we will show you some of the following objects: The Orion Nebula, The Seven Sisters (aka the Pleiades), the Beehive Cluster, the Double Cluster in Perseus, and some lovely coloured…

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The Solar Orbiter Mission by Dr Michelle Sprake

28 February 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Letchworth Free Church Hall, Norton Way South
Letchworth, Herts SG6 1NX United Kingdom
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Solar flares and Coronal Mass Ejections (CMEs) have the potential to cause considerable disruption to us here on Earth, damaging power grids and communication/ navigation satellites. Solar Orbiter,  a European Space Agency mission, will study the Sun and inner heliosphere as never before. Providing the closest views of the Sun to date, the spacecraft will carry out, for the first time, simultaneous remote sensing and in-situ measurements both in and out-of-the-ecliptic plane. These measurements will help us understand the solar…

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March 2018

Astrophotography Meeting

12 March 2018 @ 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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LDAS Members Meeting

14 March 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Letchworth Free Church Hall, Norton Way South
Letchworth, Herts SG6 1NX United Kingdom
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£1.00

Tonight there will be talks given by members of the LDAS. First, there is a talk by Richard Stratford on  " When Heaven Meets Earth: Stories of Asteroids and Meteorite " And second, a talk by bob Baldwin on  "Spacecraft in Astronomy" a look at how recent, current and future space based  astronomy missions cover the entire range of the Electromagnetic Spectrum. Members £1, non members £2

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LDAS Committee Meeting

21 March 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Monthly Meeting

28 March 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Letchworth Free Church Hall, Norton Way South
Letchworth, Herts SG6 1NX United Kingdom
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Gravitational Waves, by Prof. Malcolm MacCallum.  Gravitational waves: a new window on the universe.  Einstein first predicted gravitational waves in 1916. Only after 1957 did it become clear they were really predicted by general relativity. In the 1970s binary pulsar observations provided strong indirect evidence they existed in nature. Direct detection has only subsequently become possible. Direct detections were first announced in 2016 and won the 2017 Nobel Prize. Signals seen have already provided much exciting astrophysical information. I shall…

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