Chester Astronomical Society is one of the world's oldest scientific societies going back to 1892.
It hosts public lectures by amateurs and professionals alike and arranges visits to sites of technical interest.
Friday 14 November 2014
Wednesday 26th November The Square Kilometre Array Radio Telescope Dr. Robert Braun (Jodrell Bank S.K.A. H.Q.)
All meetings begin at 7.30pm. The full programme can be viewed here.
Today a group from Chester AS visited Daresbury Labs where they enjoyed a lecture on the history and work of the labs, and a tour of some of the facilities, including a trip up the tower, even after the lift broke down!
Many thanks to Daresbury Labs, and those in the society who organised the trip. It was an enjoyable visit.
Below are a number of pictures taken during the visit (with permission).
Stunning close up detail focusing on a smooth region on the ‘base’ of
the ‘body’ section of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The image was
taken by Rosetta’s OSIRIS narrow-angle camera and downloaded today, 6
August. The image clearly shows a range of features, including boulders,
craters and steep cliffs.
The image was taken from a distance of 130 km and the image resolution is 2.4 metres per pixel.
Credits: ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/SSO/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA
There will be two visits to Daresbury Laboratories in the coming months. The daytime visit will be on Wednesday 27th August from 1 to 3 pm. The evening visit will be on Wednesday 12th November from 6 to 8 pm.
Both will involve a tour and a talk, but the daytime one will be about the labs and the evening one will be more of a star party.
Last nights meeting was a change to the advertised programme as speaker Jim Wild was unable to attend, apparantly being up in the Arctic at the time.
Andrew Bate stood in at short notice to give a report on the Waverton Long Pendulum Experiment which he had been conducting at Waverton church making measurements of a 50 foot Foucault Pendulum he had hung there. This proved to be very intersting, and a good example of serious amateur science.
We are planning to hold a public meeting during National Astronomy Week.
It will take place on Friday 7th March, in the Burley Hall starting at 7:30 pm. It will take the form of viewing if clear. There will also be a Telescope Surgery for anyone who has acquired a telescope they can't make work or have problems with, plus static presentations by display board and the possibility of active presentations by power-point or other means.
Meetings are usually held on the last Wednesday of the month at 7.30 pm.
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Wednesday 29th January AGM plus talk on the "Astronomical Events of 2014"
Richard Sargent (Chester AS)
Wednesday 26th February
Comets and Meteors
Dr Jacco van Loon (Keele University)
Wednesday 26th March Forecasting Earth’s Weather from Solar
Activity Piers Corbyn (Weather Action)
Wednesday 30th April
Adventures in Astronomy
Prof Andy Newsam (Liverpool John Moores University)
Wednesday 28th May
Weathering Solar Storms
Prof Jim Wild (Lancaster University)
Wednesday 25th June
Harold Knox-Shaw and the Helwan Observatory
Dr Jeremy Shears (BAA and Chester AS)
Wednesday 30th July
Members' Night, with contributions from society members.
There is NO MEETING in August.
Wednesday 24th September Black Swans –
Black Holes in the Constellation of Cygnus Prof Ralph Spencer (Manchester University)
Saturday 18th October Annual star-party and BBQ for members and their guests starting at 19:00. Tea and coffee will be provided but please bring your own food. A red light torch is a wise
accessory. As usual, children are most welcome but please remember there may be valuable equipment around so please apply parental responsibility.
The venue is: Hatton Farm, Waverton
If the sky looks promising and people want to bring
instruments, come a bit earlier or ring the Chairman (number on your membership
card) to make arrangements.
FRIDAY 7th November
The Allan Chapman Lecture. Allan's talks always draw much attention and this year he promises to talk about "Something Interesting."
Chapman (Oxford University)
[The talk was on "Edmund Halley", delivered without any notes or computer aids!]