Monday, July 29
The meeting will cover an update on space and astronomy news in July and a talk by a local society member on the subject of Impacts on Earth!
See you there,
Wednesday, July 10
If you are a regular BBC Radio Cumbria listener you may have heard Stuart Atkinson from Kendal's Eddington Astronomical Society being interviewed on the breakfast show this morning. Stuart was talking about an upcoming NASA sponsored event encouraging everyone to get outside and 'wave at Saturn' to coincide with a planned photo of the Earth being taken from Saturn by the Cassini probe.
If you'd like to get involved with this you have two options. Firstly you could just go outside at 10.30pm on Friday 19th July, or if you want to make more of an evening of it, get along to the EAS event at Kendal Castle and join in with the moon and saturn observation as well as a collective 'wave' at the appropriate time. Stuart has more details over on his Cumbrian Sky blog.
Wednesday, July 3
A large piece of artwork dedicated to Fearon Fallows was created by artist Victor de Quincey and erected in the Lowther Went shopping street just off Cockermouth's Main Street, thanks to the Cockermouth Civic Trust. Described as one of Cockermouth's 'forgotten sons' Fallows was born in 1788 and studied mathematics at Cambridge before being appointed a royal astronomer and being despatched to South Africa to establish a southern observatory and map the southern skies.
|Formal unveiling. 3rd July 2013|
Stuart Atkinson from Eddington Astronomical Society (and founder of CAS) faired much better than I did and managed to attend the ceremony and speak about Fearon Fallows and his difficult life. He even made the local TV news as you can see here.
So we now have a monument to a local astronomer in pride of place in the town centre, and while I ws there it was certainly attracting a lot of attention from passersby.
|The full piece|
|A small amount of biographical detail on the artwork|