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June Solar Gazing at Great Notley

This coming Saturday 17th June, we have the next of this year’s solar observing sessions at Great Notley Country Park. We will have specialist 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, and we will be happy to answer questions on astronomy and telescopes in general.

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. Observing is free (site parking fee applies). Viewing is weather dependent. If it is cloudy you may not see anything, and if it’s raining the session will be cancelled. Keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter feeds for the latest updates, or call the park on 03330 132900.

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

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June Public Meeting

astronomy shedThis coming Wednesday 21st June we welcome Andy Hutcheon, who will be giving a talk entitled “Building an Astronomy Shed”. As the title suggests, Andy’s presentation will focus on building a back garden observatory.

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.

May Public Meeting

telescopeThis coming Wednesday 17th May we welcome Mike Barrett, who will be giving a talk entitled How to Automate Your Telescope. As well as his presentation, Mike will bring along his mount and control equipment to demonstrate.

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.

Solar gazing at Great Notley

This coming Saturday 6th May, we have the first of this year’s solar observing sessions at Great Notley Country Park. We will have specialist 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, and we will be happy to answer questions on astronomy and telescopes in general.

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. Observing is free (site parking fee applies). Viewing is weather dependent. If it is cloudy you may not see anything, and if it’s raining the session will be cancelled. Keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter feeds for the latest updates, or call the park on 03330 132900.

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

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April Public Meeting

Image: NASA/HST/ASU

Image: NASA/HST/ASU

This coming Wednesday 19th April we will be welcoming Peter Bull, who will be giving a talk entitled ‘A Window through the Universe’.

Peter is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, and his presentation will cover various theories of the universe and our understanding to date.

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.

April Stargazing at Great Notley

On Saturday 8th April we will host 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). There is no need to book: just turn up any time from 6.00pm. We can be found somewhere in the vicinity of the main building, near the Sky Ropes.

Please note that now we are into British Summer Time, sunset will not be until around 19.45. This means there will be little to see in the early part of the evening. We may be able to do some solar observing, and we are happy to use this time to answer questions on astronomy and telescopes.

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 spring/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. If the weather looks changeable we will usually make the decision by 3pm.

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

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Stuart Grainger, 1935–2017

StuartIt is with great sadness that NEAS announces the loss of our good friend and Observatory Director, Stuart Grainger, at the age of 81.

Stuart had been a member for some 17 years, and served on the committee for much of that, being instrumental in helping to shape the society into the organisation it is today. Every year for the past 5–6 years he had announced he would retire from his role, only to decide to carry on for “just one more year”. His passion and commitment to the society were second to none. Anyone who has attended one of our public lectures, stargazing nights at Great Notley, or school or scout group outreach events is likely to have met Stuart, who continued to attend virtually every one of these up until very recently when ill health prevented him (reluctantly, we might add!) from doing so.

Stuart worked tirelessly to keep our observatory running smoothly, often carrying out maintenance and repairs himself, and was always in attendance at our Thursday night club sessions. Our observing facilities are NEAS’s greatest asset, and Stuart’s contribution to the whole operation cannot be underestimated.

He was a kind and extremely genial man with a fascinating mind and huge heart. His passing leaves a huge hole, both in the society and in the hearts of all who had the pleasure of knowing him.

Rest in peace, Stuart.

March Public Meeting

VenusOn Wednesday 15th March we welcome John Press, who will be giving a talk about Venus.

The second planet from the Sun and brilliantly beautiful in the night sky at the moment, Venus’s beauty belies the inhospitable world that she really is. John will talk about the myths and legends of Venus, describe the planet’s features and the space missions that have been sent to this most hostile of places.

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 Date Announced!

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Starfest is back! Thanks to valuable feedback we’ve decided to move Starfest to earlier in the year. Same format as always: 6 speakers, solar gazing, traders, Terry’s model display, artwork, and this year an astrophotography workshop.

Starfest will be on Saturday 15th July at Chelmer Valley High School, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 7ER.

Prices: Members – £8; non-members – £10; students – £5.

Tickets can be purchased via Paypal on our website, just click on the Starfest link on the bar above or by clicking here.

March Stargazing at Great Notley

After a disastrous run of weather-related cancellations this season, we are ever hopeful that on Saturday 4th March we will be able to host 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). There is no need to book: just turn up any time from 6.00pm. 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, especially in winter.

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. If the weather looks changeable we will usually make the decision by 3pm.

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

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