La Société Guernesiaise Astronomy Section

Calendar of events in 2017

OBSERVATORY PUBLIC OPENINGS

Open evenings will be held every Thursday after dark from 27 July to 31August. The final open evening of the year will be held on Thursday, 26 October from 6.30 pm. Click here for a poster for display or reference.

 

The open day held on Bank Holiday Monday, 29 May, to observe the Sun was unfortunately clouded (and rained!) out. However, we had equipment set up, showed a PowerPoint presentation, and was able to explain them to the three dozen or so people who came, including a number of children. We also did a live BBC Radio Guernsey interview, and one with a reporter and photographer from the Guernsey Press. Thank you to the dozen members who attended this event.

PERSEIDS BARBECUE

The members’ annual barbecue and Perseid meteor count will be held at the Observatory from 7.30 pm on Friday, 11 August. Bring your own food to cook, drink to drink, and a dish to share. Fire will be provided. Members’ partners and children are welcome. Please advise Frank Dowding (tel. 255215, email frankandvaldowding@cwgsy.net) if you plan to come.

LECTURES

At 7.30 pm on Thursday, 28th September at the Frossard Lecture Theatre, Candie Gardens, there will be a lecture entitled Mysteries of the Solar System, given by Professor David Hughes of Sheffield University. He will discuss some of the many problems we still face when trying to decide why certain things in the solar system are as they are. Professor Hughes has lectured in Guernsey several times, and his PowerPoint presentation should engender much discussion and thought. Entry is free. Details are on the poster available as a pdf file here, which you are free to print out and display.

 

On Wednesday, 15th November at the Princess Royal Centre for Performing Arts there will be a lecture about Curiosity, the Mars Science Laboratory Rover, by Professor Sanjeev Gupta. The lecture, which is free, is organised by the Channel Islands Group of Professional Engineers. Click here for details.

 

TUESDAY DISCUSSIONS

At members’ regular Tuesday evening meetings various topics are discussed, usually starting at 9.00 pm (some earlier as indicated below). Suggestions for new topics are welcome, as are offers to lead discussions. These are informal, often with frequent reference to the Internet, and all members present are welcome to contribute to the discussion. The following is a list of topics previously discussed and planned for the future in 2017 (in reverse chronological order):

 

29 August   Molecules with sunglasses – third form of carbon (led by Colin Spicer)

22 August   A Journey to the centre of the Sun – Lucie Green at the Royal Institution (Colin Spicer)

15 August   TBD

08 August   Summer skies (led by Geoff Falla)

01 August       Cassini and Huygens at Saturn (led by Frank Dowding)

25 July             Power cut!

18 July             Space tracking in the Apollo era (David Le Conte)

11 July             Video: Sean Caroll & Jennifer Oulette: Black hole firewalls, part 2

04 July             General discussion

27 June            Video: Sean Caroll & Jennifer Oulette: Black hole firewalls, part 1

20 June            Discussion and observing

13 June            Discussion and observing

06 June            Orbital Elements (led by David Le Conte)

30 May            Discussion and observing

23 May            Newton’s Laws of Motion and Classical Mechanics (led by Colin Spicer and Jason Hill)  

16 May            YouTube Richard Feynman lecture

09 May            Liberation Day – Meeting but no discussion

02 May         Observing

25 April           Globular Clusters (led by Frank Dowding)

18 April           Observing

11 April           Observing

04 April           Visit of His Excellency the Lieutenant-Governor Vice-Admiral Sir Ian Corder and Lady Corder

28 March         Mini-Messier Marathon

21 March         Observing with the new equipment: Go To Mount, All-Sky Camera, and Planetary Camera

14 March         NASA ScienceCasts (see www.youtube.com/user/ScienceAtNASA)

07 March         International Space Station update (led by Frank Dowding))

28 February     James Clerk Maxwell - 2 (led by Colin Spicer)

21 February     James Clerk Maxwell - 1 (led by Colin Spicer)

14 February     Observing and imaging (beautiful clear night)

07 February     Introduction to image processing (led by Jean Dean)

31 January       Annual Business Meeting (start)

24 January       Astronomical highlights 2017 (led by David Le Conte)

17 January       Packing of newsletter

10 January       Open discussion

03 January       No meeting

 

For the record, here is a list of the topics discussed in 2016 (in chronological order):

29 March         The Soyuz rocket
05 April           Transits of Mercury
12 April           Exoplanets
19 April           Leo – a prominent constellation in the sky at this time
26 April           Filters used for telescopes and cameras
03 May            Sundials
10 May            Transit of Mercury results
17 May            Virgo & Bootes
24 May            Edmond Halley
31 May            Radio Astronomy
07 June            Saturn and its moons
14 June            Mars
21 June            The celestial sphere
28 June            Dark matter and dark energy

05 July             Summer sky stars and objects
12 July             Highlights of the STARMUS Festival in Tenerife

19 July             Kuiper Belt

26 July             X-ray Astronomy

02 August       Tycho Brahe

09 August       Barbecue and Perseid meteor count

16 August       Astrophotography

23 August       Collimation

30 August       Planispheres

06 September  Astronomy apps

13 September  Stars and objects of the autumn sky

20 September  Neptune

27September   Tides

04 October      Fred Hoyle

11 October      H-R diagram

18 October      8.30 pm. Telescope training

25 October      Ancient astronomers

01 November  ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter

08 November  8.30 pm DSLR Astrophotography

15 November  The Foucault Pendulum

22 November  The Oort Cloud

29 November  The Twin Paradox

06 December   Christmas dinner at Moore’s hotel

13 December   Open discussion

20 December   No meeting

27 December   No meeting

GROUP VISITS

The Astronomy Section welcomes a limited number of group visits, by prior arrangement.  See our introduction page for details.

 

ALDERNEY

Going to Alderney? Check the regular star parties led by Michael Maunder. Details here.

ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING

The Astronomy Section’s Annual Business Meeting was held on Tuesday, 31 January 2017 at the Observatory. Officers were elected, and decisions were made about purchase of equipment, activities for the year, etc.

 

WEA STAR GAZING COURSE

This popular six-week introduction to astronomy is being run at the Observatory on Thursday evenings from 02 February to 09 March 2017. The WEA brochure is available at the WEA website. This is the 16th year of the course. As usual it is being run by members of the Astronomy Section of La Société Guernesiaise, and is fully subscribed. We are grateful to the WEA for a donation to the Astronomy Section’s funds for running this course.

 

 

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