Category Archives: Space exploration

Project Dragonfly – Sail to the Stars

The first international contest to let students shape the future of interstellar travel!

Following on from the April Lecture from Rob Swinney, here is the link to the campaign to raise £5000 to support the Project Dragonfly initiative – a competition to design a laser beam sail interstellar probe. They are off to a good start, raising over £1000 already and need support from the wider Astro community to reach their goals.

Here is the project and donation page: Project donation pages

If you would just like to know more about this project, then the main website can be found here : Project Dragonfly

 

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Rosetta & Philae – The March Public Lecture

On March 18th, we have Dave Eagle doing the monthly lecture on the ground-breaking Rosetta mission. This is at the usual place and at the usual time.

The Henry Dixon Hall starting at 8pm, doors open from 7.30pm.

Details and directions can be found in the Events page

15th October Public Meeting – Jerry Workman – “Comets in our Solar System”

cometThis month Jerry Workman will be talking about “Comets in our Solar System”.

The public meeting takes place at the Henry Dixon Hall, Rivenhall End on Wednesday 21st May. Doors open at 7.30pm for an 8pm start. £2 for members, £3 for non-members. For further information, see the Events page.

June Public Meeting – Andy Green – “Apollo Missions”

spaceThis month Andy Green talks to us about the Apollo Missions.

The public meeting takes place at the Henry Dixon Hall, Rivenhall End on Wednesday 21st May. Doors open at 7.30pm for an 8pm start. £2 for members, £3 for non-members. For further information, see the Events page.

May 2014 Public Meeting – “Chris Jones – Exploring Novae”

This month Chris Jones talks to us about Exploring Novae. novae

The public meeting takes place at the Henry Dixon Hall, Rivenhall End on Wednesday 21st May. Doors open at 7.30pm for an 8pm start. £2 for members, £3 for non-members. For further information, see the Events page.

April 2014 Public Meeting – “Gary Auker – The GAIA Mission”

The Milky Way Shines on ParanalThis month Gary Auker talks to us about the GAIA mission. Gaia’s primary objective is to survey one thousand million (one billion) stars in our Galaxy and local galactic neighbourhood in order to build the most precise 3D map of the Milky Way and answer questions about its origin and evolution.

The public meeting takes place at the Henry Dixon Hall, Rivenhall End on Wednesday 16th April. Doors open at 7.30pm for an 8pm start. £2 for members, £3 for non-members. For further information, see the Events page.

March 2014 Lecture Meeting – “Dave Eagle – Cape Crusaders”

spaceDave Eagle has written articles for many of the British astronomy publications and supplied images to illustrate astronomy articles for photographic magazines. Dave has also appears regularly on local radio discussing many aspects of astronomy. In 2013 Dave’s first astronomy book was published by Springer. This month Dave will be talking about the American Manned Space Program.

The public meeting takes place at the Henry Dixon Hall, Rivenhall End on Wednesday 19th March. Doors open at 7.30pm for an 8pm start. £2 for members, £3 for non-members. For further information, see the Events page.

February 2014 Lecture Meeting – “Building Model Spacecraft”

This month sees our very own Outreach Director and Chief Spacecraft Model Builder for the Institute of Interstellar Studies, Terry Regan, talk to us about his amazing scratch built model spacecraft.

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The public meeting takes place at the Henry Dixon Hall, Rivenhall End on Wednesday 19th February. Doors open at 7.30pm for an 8pm start. £2 for members, £3 for non-members. For further information, see the Events page.

ISS Over Essex (and the UK) – February 2014

The International Space Station (ISS) will be making night-time passes over southern England during December, and so you can see the ISS from Essex as it orbits the Earth above you.

The ISS is a noticeably bright moving object and is quite easy to spot – you just need to know when and where to look up! If you have a camera which can take a long exposure, you can also try taking a photograph.

You can find the viewing times of ISS flybys over Essex here, or you can click the “ISS Flyby Information” link in the right-hand menu.

The ISS appears in the sky as a bright point object moving across the sky, usually taking 3 or 4 minutes to pass over. The space station isn’t emitting light – you are seeing the station’s surfaces reflect sunlight from orbit as it passes over your location.

Heavens Above is another website which allows you input your location details and find out about the ISS and other satellites passing over your skies. There are also various Android and Iphone apps that will alert you to ISS passes – ISS Detector is recommended.

Also, you can follow us on Facebook and Twitter for further updates.

January 2014 Lecture Meeting -“US Spaceflight: The Next Step”

Our first lecture of 2014 will be given by Gary Auker of e2v, who will be talking about “US Spaceflight: The Next Step”.

With the Space Shuttle retired and a new generation of spacecraft being developed, what will the future hold for NASA’s programme of space exporation?

The public meeting takes place at the Henry Dixon Hall, Rivenhall End on Wednesday 15th January. Doors open at 7.30pm for an 8pm start. £2 for members, £3 for non-members. For further information, see the Events page.

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