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What's Next - Virtual Meeting - Thursday 4th February 2021 - "Planetary Rovers"

For our next monthly talk we are delighted to welcome Ezzy Pearson to HAS - Ezzy is going to tell us all about Planetary Rovers.

Ezzy Pearson is the News Editor of BBC Sky at Night Magazine. Ezzy's love affair with space began in a field in Cornwall, aged 7, when she looked up at the Milky Way for the first time. Ever since, she’s been attempting to cram in every fact about the Universe she can find into her head. Her first book about the history of robotic planetary landers was published by The History Press in October last year.

Thursday 4th February 2021

7:00pm - Virtual Meeting

Planetary Rovers

Talk by Ezzy Pearson, Sky at Night Magazine

Observing Highlights

The big observing highlight this month described by Mark is the close encounter between Jupiter and Saturn.

The two planets are getting closer and finally appear to meet in the sky on the evening of the 21st. While conjunctions between planets are not rare events, this is a very close one, with the two bodies being separated by just 6 arc minutes. This is the closest conjunction between Jupiter and Saturn since July 16th and 17th 1623.

Observing highlights for this month: Telescope House - monthly night sky guide

Click link below for view of UK sky: Met Office Satellite image. UK Visible Light.

Member's Photos

We've had some more marvellous astrophotos sent in by Francis - both emission and dark nebulae:

Cygnus Veil Complex - a group of emission nebulae in Cygnus

NGCC 7822 - a young star forming complex with an emission region featuring some "elephant trunks"!

Lynds Dark Nebula 1251 - a complex nebula in the constellation Cepheus, containing dark structures and faintly glowing / reflecting dust and gas

Lynds Dark Nebula 1235 - a dark/reflection nebula in the constellation Cepheus - commonly referred to as the "Dark Shark Nebula". Francis has captured the head and fins of the shark here!

Covid-19

The Covid-19 restrictions on people meeting together mean that we will continue to hold our talks by Zoom.

We will review the restrictions as and when they change to look for an opportunity for us to meet together again at the Kindle Centre - but for the meantime we will be virtual!

Please bear with us while we rejig our schedule to bring you talks that work well over Zoom - as always look out for emails from Mark and Chris.

The most recent restrictions limit how many people can meet even outside. We've had to review whether we can start our Observing sessions as planned in October. Unfortunately, we do not believe we are able to hold these sessions in a Covid-19 secure and compliant way.

Mark and Chris will continue to give you great observing guides and point out what to look for in the night (and day) sky - but we won't be able to do this meeting together.

C'est la vie.

Meetings:

Our next meeting:

Thursday 4th February 2021

7:00pm - Virtual Talk

Planetary Rovers

Talk by Ezzy Pearson, Sky at Night Magazine

Our speakers at the Virtual Talks have allowed us to record and share their talks for society members to view of they missed the meetings. We've started a HAS YouTube channel here where you can visit or subscribe to and watch these talks.

Thursday 28th May

Gerard Gilligan - 12th Annual Webb Lecture - William Lassell

Monday 22nd June

Jeremy Shears - An introduction to variable star astronomy and cataclysmic variables

Thursday 23rd July

Julian Onions - Cold Dark Matter

Thursday 5th November

Christianne Wakeham - Life in Hell?
The mystery in the cloud decks of Venus

Thursday 3rd December

Steve Tonkin - Ten Ways the Universe Tries to Kill You

A light-hearted, but scientifically robust, look at a lot of fundamental cosmological processes, from stellar evolution to galactic interaction.



Observing Session:

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, we've had to review whether we can start our Observing sessions as planned in October. Unfortunately, we do not believe we are able to hold these sessions in a Covid-19 secure and compliant way.

Mark and Chris will continue to give you great observing guides and point out what to look for in the night (and day) sky - but we won't be able to do this meeting together.

We'll try and post any highlights they recommend looking on this page in the Observing Highlights section.

Remember that there are some great online observing guides - a good one is run by Telescope House: Telescope House - monthly night sky guide

TBC

6:30 - 9:00pm

Cancelled until further notice due to Covid-19 restrictions

Practical observing and advice session.

More information here.

Star Party:

We hope to hold Star Parties again this session - Covid-19 allowing. Maybe we'll be able to run one at the Madley Environmental Study Centre (MESC) again.

MESC is right next door to the Madley Satellite Earth Station - a well known Herefordshire landmark. There are some location maps and directions to the MESC web site here.

TBC

Star Party with MESC

More information here.

Visit:

Once or twice a year, members like to jump in cars or climb in a mini-bus and make their way to go and see something interesting outside of Herefordshire (passports not required - so far). Previous trips have been to the Spaceguard Centre, the International Astronomy Show, the National Space Centre, Jodrell Bank, the Norman Lockyer Observatory outside Sidmouth, the Herschel Museum in Bath and the Hanwell Community Observatory just outside Banbury.

TBC

Where would you like to go?

More information here.

Members pay for shared transport and any entrance fees as appropriate..