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.
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Severn Valley Country Park and Telford Town Park
With the welcome return of GMT, or UT if you are decimalised, the SAS are out and about....
Rodington 22 March 2014
Committee member, Mandy Bailey, gave a follow up talk to last month's talk by Steve Szwajkun about the National Schools Observatory (NSO) telescope. This month, Mandy detailed how observations could be requested and how the resulting images could be processed. This image is an NSO image of M1, the 'Crab Nebula' and has been processed br Shropshire AS member, Andrew Johnson.
Despite earlier clouds, observing conditions after Mandy's talk were very good. Again, Andrew demonstrated his imaging skills. This time using his own equipment, he captured this image of the 'Leo Triplet' of galaxies - M65 (NCG 3623), M66 (NGC 3627) and NGC3628.
On the evenings of 28th February, 1st and 2nd March 2014 and in conjunction with the National Trust, Shropshire AS held a 'Jupiter Watch'.
Shropshire AS in astronomy magazine.
Popular UK astronomy publication, 'Astronomy Now', features a full page article by Federation of Astronomical Societies council member, Callum Potter, in the 'Grassroots' section of the April 2014 edition.
Callum highlights the excellent outreach work the Shropshire AS has performed through 2013.
To read Callum's full article, get your copy of 'Astronomy Now', April 2014 edition.
(Available from 20 March 2014)
Prepare for clear skies
Hello and a Happy New Year ...
Let’s hope we get plenty of clear skies like the other night here in Telford....
did you brave the cold in the hope of seeing some of the Quadrantids?
The first of this year’s monthly observing sessions is next Saturday (10th) at Ford Caravan Park and we’ll be at Rodington a week later (Saturday 17th) – both sessions start at 8pm.
Severn Valley Country Park - Stargazing Party
Severn Valley Country Park at Alverley in Shropshire was the venue for a star gazing party on 1st February 2014.