Countdown to Apollo 50th Anniversary

Dear BAS Members,

 
As we approach the 20th July 2019, the 50th anniversary of the first Apollo Moon landing professor Brian Cox and Dara O Briain will return to our screens in a BBC Stargazing Special on the 15th July.
 
The BBC are also showing a feature length documentary “8 Days to the Moon and Back” on 17th July. More details of these and their numerous other programmes can be seen at this recent BBC press release: https://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/latestnews/2019/moon-landings-50
 
Should be a great watch – especially for those of us who are just that bit too young to remember 1969!!
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April Speaker

An excellent talk by Owen Brazell on Galaxy Clusters and a detailed Sky Diary for May by Peter Hudson. Thank you to both for a very enjoyable evening of Astronomy.

L.J.Guise

Observing report

An excellent evening on Monday 25th March. Four telescopes in operation in mild still conditions. About 40 people attended, a mixture of BAS members, recent attendees at adult courses held at the Observatory and boys from the school. A range of open clusters were observed along with M42, the Eskimo nebula, M81 & 82. NGC 2371 was observed for the first time, a bilobed planetary in Gemini. The Societies newly acquired 12” tracking dobsonian worked well through the evening and a good time was had by all that attended.

L.J.Guise

April 17th Observing

The next and final regular Wednesday observing session of the season will be on Wednesday 17th April 9-10:30pm provided the sky is clear.

L.J.Guise

Monday 25th March : Observing

Conditions look very promising for observing tonight. Twitter updates will start from 6:00pm. This will be the last Observing session before the clocks change and will run from 7:30-9:00pm if clear.

L.J.Guise

March Speaker Meeting : Jerry Stone

On Wednesday 27th March we host a talk by Jerry Stone: ‘Woodpecker 2’ is a follow on from the excellent first talk that he presented to us a few years ago on the early years of manned spaceflight. This new talk will focus on the Apollo era as we approach the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11.
Jerry’s first talk was a great success and I am sure you will enjoy his second instalment. All are welcome
Starts 7:30pm in the Old Theatre, please be in your seats by 7:25pm.

L.J.Guise
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Physics Department
Bedford School

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Observing Monday 25th March

>> Wednesday 20th March is full Moon, it’s called the ‘Worm Moon’ if you follow the old farming traditions, earthworms are supposed to start leaving their burrows! It also happens to be the Spring Equinox when the Sun crosses the celestial equator heading North
>> The general forecast for tonight is mostly cloud and with the full Moon it will be too bright for much useful Observing.
>> On Monday 25th the group due to visit the Observatory has cancelled, so we will hold an open house observing session provided it is clear. The Moon will not rise until around midnight so it will be a much better evening, provided the clouds stay away. At the present moment the forecast looks good.
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>> So enjoy the Equinox, look forward to the increasing Day length, but watch out for those earthworms!
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>> Updates will be posted on the BAS Twitter feed on Monday evening.
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Linton

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Wednesdays in March and April

March 20th : 7:30pm Observing if clear.
March 27th : 7:30pm Speaker Meeting : Old Theatre.
April 3rd : 8:30pm Possible observing but check Twitter feed and email update.
April 10th : 7:30pm AGM and short member talks : Resource Room.
April 17th : 8:30pm Observing if Clear. Last regular Wednesday session of the season.
April 24th : 7:30pm Speaker Meeting : Old Theatre.

L.J.Guise

Black Holes : Wednesday 27th February

Dr Colin DeGraf from Cambridge University will be talking about Black Holes to the Society on Wednesday at 7:30pm in the Old Theatre. All are welcome.

L.J.Guise

Observing Thursday 21st Feb

We have a visiting school at the Observatory in the first part of the evening but we will stay open for general observing from 7:30pm to when the Moon rises at 8:30pm. All are welcome.

L.J.Guise

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