Quiz Night

imageCome and join us for a little festive fun at our annual quiz night this coming Wednesday 7th December. It won’t all be questions on astronomy so don’t let that put you off! Tea, coffee and refreshments are provided but feel free to bring along some nibbles for your table.

No pre-booking is required, and you don’t need to come as a ready-made team: we are all friendly people and will just team up on the night!

Doors open 7.30pm with the quiz starting around 8.00pm.

Entry is £1 per person

Henry Dixon Hall, RIvenhall End CM8 3HR

November Public Meeting

plutoThis coming Wednesday 16th November, we will be welcoming regular speaker Jerry Workman, who will be giving a talk about Pluto. Once identified as the outermost planet of the Solar System, Pluto was later demoted to the status of dwarf planet. Jerry will give some background to Pluto, and go on to talk about the data from the New Horizons mission, which has sent back fantastic high resolution images of this fascinating world. We look forward to seeing you there!

Doors open 7.30pm, with the talk beginning around 8.00pm

£2 for NEAS members; £3 for non-members

Henry Dixon Hall, Rivenhall End CM8 3HR

Tea, coffee and refreshments will be provided.

Starfest 2016

starfest-programme-2016We hope that you will join us for Starfest 2016, this coming Saturday 29th October. We have a great line-up of astronomy speakers, along with traders and a mobile planetarium. Weather permitting, we will also have solar telescopes set up to observe the Sun.

Tickets are still available and may be either pre-booked online on our Starfest page, or bought on the door. Tickets are £10 for adults, £8 for NEAS members, £5 for students and free for under 16s (accompanied by an adult). Planetarium entry charged separately.

Tea, coffee and biscuits are available all day, but there will be no on-site catering for lunch this year.

Chelmer Valley High School, CM1 7ER, 09.00-17.30

We look forward to welcoming you there!

Starfest 2016

starfest2016flyerOn Saturday 29th October we will be hosting our Starfest 2016 convention, featuring a range of astronomy talks, trade stands and exhibits, mobile planetarium and solar observing.

Our speaker line up includes Andy Green, Carl Murray, David Warrington, Mike Barratt, John Davies and Floor van Leeuwen.

The event will take place at Chelmer Valley High School, 9.00am–5.30pm approximately.

Tickets are priced £8 for NEAS members, £10 for non-members and £5 for students with under 16s being free of charge (accompanied by an adult), and can be purchased via the Starfest page. Tickets will also be sold on the door on the day, subject to availability. (Planetarium entry charged separately.)

We look forward to welcoming you there!

October Stargazing at Great Notley

Update 8/10/16 – Unfortunately due to a forecast of thick cloud and possible rain, we have made the decision to cancel… again! Fingers crossed for clear skies in November.

On Saturday 8th October, we will be holding the next in our series of public stargazing nights at Great Notley Country Park. From 6.00–9.00pm we will have telescopes set up and you will be able to view the Moon, stars, nebulae, galaxies and any visible planets. We can teach you about the constellations and how to recognise them, and answer any questions you may have about astronomy or telescopes. The event is free (site parking fee applies). We can be found somewhere in the vicinity of the main building, near the Sky Ropes.

Our stargazing sessions are suitable for all ages (children must be accompanied by an adult). The ground underfoot can be quite muddy after rain, so please bring appropriate footwear, and wrap up warm – never underestimate how cold it can get standing around, even in the summer.

If it is raining, the event will be cancelled. If cloudy, viewing may be limited, and we may choose to cancel if we think there is no chance it will clear. Please follow our Facebook and Twitter feeds for the latest updates on the event, or call the park on 01376 347134.

Details of how to get to the park can be found on our Stargazing page.

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September Public Meeting

making_every_photon_count_coverThis Wednesday 21st September we welcome Steve Richards who will be giving a talk entitled Making Every Photon Count, based on his book of the same name.

Aimed at the beginner in astrophotography, Steve will explain concepts in simple terms, and give guidance to those wishing to embark on taking photos of the night sky with modest equipment.

Steve will also have copies of his book to buy, and will be signing copies on the night.

The meeting will be preceded by the Society’s AGM. Doors will open at 7.30pm, the AGM will commence around 7.45pm, and the talk will follow, hopefully between 8.15-8.30pm

Tea, coffee and refreshments will be provided.

Henry Dixon Hall, Rivenhall End CM8 3HR

NEAS members £2, non-members £3, U16 free

September Stargazing at Great Notley

Update 10/9/16: Unfortunately tonight’s event is cancelled due to rain. Although it is set to clear later tonight, this is likely to be too late to justify the effort of all involved. Our next event is scheduled for 8th October.

On Saturday 10th September, we will be holding the next in our series of public stargazing nights at Great Notley Country Park. As the nights are not yet very dark, we will be starting later than our usual time at 7.00pm and running through until around 10.00pm. We will have telescopes set up and you will be able to view the Moon, stars, nebulae, galaxies and any visible planets. We can teach you about the constellations and how to recognise them, and answer any questions you may have about astronomy or telescopes. The event is free (site parking fee applies). We can be found somewhere in the vicinity of the main building, near the Sky Ropes.

Our stargazing sessions are suitable for all ages (children must be accompanied by an adult). The ground underfoot can be quite muddy after rain, so please bring appropriate footwear, and wrap up warm – never underestimate how cold it can get standing around, even in the summer.

If it is raining, the event will be cancelled. If cloudy, viewing may be limited, and we may choose to cancel if we think there is no chance it will clear. Please follow our Facebook and Twitter feeds for the latest updates on the event, or call the park on 01376 347134.

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Solar Observing at Great Notley

Today, Saturday 6th August, we will be at Great Notley Country Park with our solar telescopes set up to observe the Sun in complete safety. You will be able to see any visible sunspots, as well as prominences and flares.

Pop along any time between midday and 3pm (approximately) to take a look at our nearest star. We will be setting up in the field opposite the main building, next to the overflow car park. Viewing is weather dependent. If it is cloudy you may not see anything.

NEVER look at the Sun without proper specialist equipment. Permanent eye damage will result.IMG_2256

July Public Meeting – Update

Unfortunately due to illness, tonight’s talk (20th July) has had to be cancelled. Our public meeting will now be more of a social event. Feel free to drop in for a chat, to ask questions, or to bring along that telescope you haven’t been able to use for some advice. We’ll be at Henry Dixon Hall from around 7.30pm until approx 9.30pm. If clear, we may have telescopes set up outside.

Entry will be free of charge.

Apologies for any inconvenience.

July Public Meeting

Our next public meeting takes place on Wednesday 20th July. James Hannan will be giving us a talk about using physics to explain phenomena in observations, and how observations can tell us more about the construction of the universe than you might think.

Tea, coffee and refreshments will be provided. Doors open at 7.30pm with the talk starting at around 8pm.

Henry Dixon Hall, Rivenhall End CM8 3HR

Members £1, non-members £2, children U16 free. All welcome.

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