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Successful Astronomers

Posted by on Oct 23, 2017 in Main |

  This years successful students who enrolled on the popular ‘Introduction to Astronomy’ course received their certificates after completing the five week course on Monday 9th October.   The course covered the basics of Astronomy, from the operation of the Earth Moon in the Solar system to the expansion of the universe.   Ian...

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Tim Peake’s Spacecraft at Bradford’s Science and Media Museum

Posted by on Oct 7, 2017 in Main |

  On 15th December 2015, British astronaut Tim Peake embarked on the Principia mission to the International Space Station, where he spent six months orbiting Earth. Thanks to extraordinary leaps in communication technology, we watched as he broadcast live experiments, walked in space and even ran the London Marathon. On 18th June 2016, Tim returned to...

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The October Night Sky

Posted by on Sep 25, 2017 in Main |

  The glories of October’s night sky can at best be described as ‘Subtle’. The dull autumn constellations are already being challenged by the brilliant lights of winter. Spearheaded by the beautiful star cluster of the Pleiades.   Ursa Major, or the Plough, is to all intents and purposes at its lowest in the North. The ‘W’ of Cassiopeia...

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How old is the Universe ?

Posted by on Sep 15, 2017 in Main |

Mr David Leyshon was the guest speaker at the September 2017 meeting. The subject matter was entitled. ‘How old is the universe’   Mr Leyshon explained that the figure we have currently come to is 13.8 billion years.   In the 18th century, the concept that the age of the Earth was calculated in the millions, if not billions, of years....

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The September Night Sky

Posted by on Aug 11, 2017 in Main |

  Its’ amazing to think that brilliant Jupiter, which has been a feature of our evening skies all year, will be gone by the end of this month. On the15th of the month the Cassini space probe will crash into Saturn at the end of its mission.   This month the nights become longer and we move towards unsettled weather. The autumn constellations...

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The August night sky

Posted by on Jul 17, 2017 in Main |

  August can be a spectacular month so far as the night sky is concerned. It marks one of the main meteor showers of the year, the Perseids. If you are fortunate to be holidaying in North America, there will be total solar eclipse on the 21st of the month.   The Plough lies north west with the ‘W’ of Cassiopeia at the same height in the north...

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