So, as we prepare to wave goodbye to 2019, there are a few pictures that need to be shared with you all, and there is the end of Era....
When BAS was started more than 30 years ago, Dave Eagle was one of the founding members. Since the original inception he has produced the Sky Diary for the BAS newsletter - the latest version is number 389! - and although Dave will still be producing his public sky notes, he is standing down from producing the BAS notes for the newsletter. It takes a lot of effort to produce the notes specifically for BAS, and Dave is increasingly busy with his own astronomy work. Dave now runs a mobile planetarium and tours the country giving talks to schools, and other organised events, and as you can imagine this takes up time in planning, preparing, travelling and delivering the talks. As Dave himself says "Now that I have retired from work, I have never been so busy!!".
Save was presented with a thank-you gift by Peter Hudson and Linton Guise, on behalf of everyone, at the November Members Evening.
On behalf of everyone at BAS, we thank Dave for all of his sky notes over the years. We are pleased that Dave will return to give us talks from time to time, and of course he remains a member of BAS. You can follow Dave's astronomical adventures at his blog here.
Another Era, but not the end!
At the same meeting, Peter Ashwell was also presented with a thank-you gift. He has been the BAS Newsletter Editor for 30 years - it is another task that requires a huge amount of effort to produce for the membership to enjoy. He takes content from a number of different sources to bring us interesting and varied items, as well as the normal society updates, sky notes and other regular features.
Peter Hudson, and Linton Guise can be seen presenting Dave and Peter with their well-deserved thank-you gifts in the image below.
Last few images
Some final images from 2019....
Linton and Yvette Guise braved a chilly November morning to capture an excellent image of Mercury and then followed up with a session a few days later to capture Saturn, Venus and Jupiter with a beautiful waxing crescent moon!
Peter Hudson has submitted two excellent images of the close approach of Saturn and Venus, and as you can see, they were just 2 degrees apart
Finally, a group shot of some of the members that came along for the excellent BAS Christmas Social! Phil Stone and Peter Truscott did a great job of producing the Quiz, and everyone made the evening very enjoyable by bringing along a great selection of nibbles!!