Landing on a Comet
ESA's Rosetta mission was launched in 2004, arrived at comet 67P Churyumov-Gerasimenko in August 2014, and since then has been studying the comet and its dust outflows. The Philae lander was delivered to the comet in November 2014, and produced data for 70 hours before its batteries died. The talk will describe the Rosetta mission, and some of its science highlights.
Professor Monica Grady: Biography
Monica Grady is Professor of Planetary and Space Sciences at the Open University, where she studies the origin and evolution of the Solar System through measurement of meteorites. She is a science advisor to one of the instrument teams associated with the Philae lander.
This image of M16 the Eagle Nebula was taken by the Shropshire AS on the afternoon of the Summer Social on 13th July 2013 using the Faulkes Telescope South (Australia).
Many thanks to all those involved for allowing us to gain control of this fantastic telescope. More information and images to follow very soon.
The Shropshire Astronomical Society (SAS) is a county-wide group for anyone interested in astronomy, star-gazing or space exploration. It meets for monthly observing sessions at Rodington Village Hall and Ford Heath Caravan Park. If the sky is cloudy, there will be a local speaker, with wide-ranging topics such as astrophotography, binocular observing, space probes, asteroid collisions and CCD imaging. This year's programme is now underway and details are available elsewhere on this site.
The Society also promotes an annual Showcase lecture in the Autumn by a distinguished speaker. This is in conjunction with Meole Brace School Science College Shrewsbury.
The SAS is keen to promote astronomy and raise public awareness of astronomy, but it encourages members to pursue their passion for astronomy in whichever way they most enjoy. Consequently, the membership encompasses interests ranging from people observing deep sky objects using CCDs, right through to those content to read "Astronomy Now" and watch "The Sky at Night".
The Moon - Imaged by Bill Pritchard
Shrewsbury, April 2014. Telescope skywatcher 8" F5 reflector on EQ5 mount
Minolta 5D 125 sec at F8.
Prime focus direct to CCD with two times barlow lens using manual focus.
If you are interested in astronomy, then you will find a warm welcome in the SAS. It's always nice to meet other people who appreciate the quiet beauty of a dark and clear sky.
Membership currently costs just £18 per year - less than the price of a Mars Bar a week. Family membership (£25), student and OAP rates are also offered (£12). Details and an application form are on the Membership page.
Saturn - Imaged by Alan Jones
The monthly observing meetings are held at Rodington village hall - between Telford and Shrewsbury - where the sky is reasonably dark and where kitchen, Internet and toilet facilities are available. Meetings are very informal and great fun. Please feel free to drop in, but be sure to check the weather and forecast before setting out.
Comet PanSTARRS and M31 - Imaged by Grant Privett
Three telescopes owned by the society are available for loan to members. These include Newtonians, a refractor, a catadiotropics, a low light camera, and binoculars. See the membership page for details of how to borrow them and scopes for pictures of them.
If you require any information concerning the SAS membership and activities, or are seeking information on astronomical events, please contact Mark Wiggin , on (01952) 405211.