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Thursday, May 26

CAS May 2016 meeting

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday 31st May in St Joseph's church hall Cockermouth.
We have an excellent local speaker Robin Leadbeater talking on the subject:
"Where have all the supernovae gone ?"
Despite an increasing number of surveys looking for them, the number of reported supernova has dropped dramatically over the last ten years. Robin investigates what is going on and describes his own contribution to pinning down these fascinating objects.
The meeting starts at 7.30pm with a round up of astronomy and space flight news, a short coffee break - a chance to meet fellow astronomers, get advice on equipment or technical issues, and then the main talk.
All are welcome, members and visitors.

Saturday, May 7

Join us to observe the transit of Mercury on Monday 9th May 2016

On Monday 9th May we will be holding an public event to observe the transit of Mercury.

During the transit the planet Mercury will move across the face of the Sun as seen from Earth. You can't see this event with the naked eye, indeed it is very dangerous to look at the Sun directly with the naked eye or any optical aid. We'll have the equipment on hand to show you the event safely, and explain what's going on.

Transit of Venus 2004
The transit starts just after 12pm and society members will be on hand in Memorial Gardens, Cockermouth from just before 12 with their specially equipped telescopes. Members will be around most of the afternoon and then again from around 5pm until the transit finishes just after 7.30pm.

You can find more information about the transit on the Society for Popular Astronomy website and more information on safe solar observing from the BBC Sky at Night Magazine.

Hope to see you there,

Sunday, April 24

April CAS meeting.

The week is our Annual General Meeting. Not as formal as it sounds, just part of our routine monthly meeting given over to some of the 'society business'. We'll also be catching up on the latest space and astronomy news and looking ahead to the transit of Mercury on 9th May.

Hope to see you there.

Sunday, February 21

February 2016 meeting

Our next meeting is on Tuesday 23rd February. This time Jeremy will be looking at choosing cameras for various types of astrophotography.

We'll as be catching up on the latest astronomy news including, of course, the recent historic discovery of gravitational waves.

Hope to see you there,

Monday, January 4

Dark Sky Events at Low Gillerthwaite Field Centre

Once again our friends at Low Gillerthwaite Field Centre in Ennerdale are holding some Dark Sky Events this year. The two events are being held on Saturday 9th January and Saturday 6th February. More details on the LGFC website here.

This year the main activities will be between 4pm and 7.30pm on each day, with extended night sky observing if skies are clear.

As usual CAS members are welcome to come along and take part in the activities as well as supporting the event by helping to show the night sky to members of the public through our telescopes. If you are able to help please let me know beforehand so that let the organisers know how many people to expect.

Saturday, December 5

CAS Christmas Drinks

As usual we will not have a formal meeting in December. We will meet for some informal drinks on Wednesday 16th December at 8pm in The Swan on Kirkgate in Cockermouth.

I hope to see you there.