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Stargazing at Erewash museum 1st Feb 2020


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Back by public demandūüėÄ

 

Due to our last event being a washout, and after several requests from the public, we, with our friends at the museum, will be holding another stargazing event on 1st of February from 6pm until 9pm. We will have some displays set up and, weather permitting, members telecopes will be set up and waiting to show you some of the wonders of our night sky. This is a free event for all the family, but donations are welcome and go towards the upkeep of the society so we can continue to hold these free events. If you're a seasoned astronomer or just fancy a look through a telescope please come along and say hi. It will be cold so make sure you wrap up warm and bring some clear skies with you.

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A REPORT OF THE EVENT:   Afternoon Eveyone, Last night's Stargazing Event at Erewash Museum turned out to be a great evening. Officially the attendance was 440, though some members t

It certainly was a bit hectic. Even my tea went cold!!    Great turn out again with some lovely views of the double cluster, M45, and M42. Even manged to show some one M82, but they were mos

Back by public demandūüėÄ ¬† Due to our last event being a washout, and after several requests from the public, we, with our friends at the museum, will be holding another stargazing event on 1s

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The current forecast is showing clear periods from 6pm to 9pm.  So fingers crossed for the event.   Current predictions also seem to show that the Space Station passes just south of the Moon at around 7:10pm, so that should be worth watching out for.

 

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As an update to my previous message, it now looks like the weather will be better than first thought - though it may be windy!  According to Stellarium it looks like the ISS will actually  pass in front of the Moon for parts of the Long Eaton/Sandiacre/Stapleford area (at about 7:10pm).  From Ilkeston it is predicted to just miss the southern tip of the Moon by a fraction. May be worth looking out for if you live in the Nottingham/Derby region.

 

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A REPORT OF THE EVENT:

 

Afternoon Eveyone,


Last night's Stargazing Event at Erewash Museum turned out to be a great evening. Officially the attendance was 440, though some members thought is was probably slightly higher than this.  For three solid hours it was manic!  Andy Tuckwood, Neil and John Cuthbertson were on hand with their telescopes showing the public the delights of the night sky, while Andy White was the official gofer for the night; helping out with members needs and talking to the public.  Meanwhile, Mark Thomas gave several talks in the Hayloft relating to the planets, and the night sky as seen from Ilkeston.  Cool Science was also in attendance, showing everyone lots of science stuff, which usually ended up in wizzes and bangs!


The weather started off very windy and cloudy, but it soon cleared up, and members were able to show views of the Moon, Venus, and a variety of other astronomical objects.  The bonus was showing people the ISS moving across the sky, and see it pass a fraction south of the Moon - that got a lot of ooh's. 


Overall, a very successful evening ‚Äď and thanks to everyone who supported the event.¬†

 

We may be able to organise a solar day sometime in the summer at the Museum, but more news once this has been confirmed.

 

Cheers

 

Monmouth3817 

 

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It certainly was a bit hectic. Even my tea went cold!! 

 

Great turn out again with some lovely views of the double cluster, M45, and M42. Even manged to show some one M82, but they were most unimpressed with smudge. Great to see so much interest from the kids.

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