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Sunday, October 28

October Equipment Night

Tuesday evening's meeting is our annual 'Equipment Night'. This is an opportunity to bring along your telescopes our other equipment to to either demonstrate to others or get some advice on how to set up and use the equipment. It's a great opportunity for those with new equipment to get a bit of helping in making to most of it.

There is no scheduled talk as such, but there will be our usual news round up and refreshments. There are also a few potential winter observing and public events to talk about.

See you there.

Chris.

 

Saturday, October 27

October Meeting

The October meeting will be held on Tuesday 30th at the usual 7.30pm. 


This month's meeting will focus on astronomy equipment


So please bring along any telescopes, binoculars, eyepieces, filters, cameras or other devices you'd like to share your experiences of or want some help in getting to grips with.

 
 

Thursday, October 18

Planet found around nearest star system



The big news in exoplanet research was an announcement yesterday that an Earth sized planet has been found orbiting a star in the nearest star system to our Sun, Alpha Centauri. Details of the discovery are available here and plenty of other places on the web.

This planet, although Earth sized has little in common with our own planet as it orbits around 4 million miles from the star Alpha Centauri B in around 3 days.

More in this at our October meeting.

 

Sunday, October 14

Look out for Aurorae

The Sun seems to be fairly active at the moment and there have been quite a few aurora sightings in the last week or so. It is well worth checking out the sky after dark if it is clear.

There are a number of websites you can use to check on the levels of solar activity and hence chances of aurora. One of the best, and relatively local is the University of Lancaster Aurorawatch site.

Good luck, let us know how you get on at our October meeting.

Chris.