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April ’16 meeting


Bob Mizon, our star speaker, in his usual entertaining way gave us lots of insights into the origins of the names ancient and modern of many of the stars and other celestial objects. What variety! And who knew there were so many ways in which the stars were catalogued. Having an appreciation of this background adds an additional layer of interest to the things we look at.

Bob’s ‘Object of the month’ covered the upcoming transit of Mercury on 9th May with advice on how to view the transit safely and what to expect. Hope the skies are clear!

Arthur’s sky notes for May followed and a copy is now on our website. Thanks Arthur.

Pete Adshead’s description of how he imaged the quasar 3C23 really impressed us. A great example of deep sky imaging and it was the first time someone has shared such an image with us. Nice one Pete!

Another great image was Bill’s latest of Jupiter. Without doubt his best so far and that’s saying something!

There were some solar images from Ron who also caught the ISS crossing the moon.

As usual, many thanks to Zena, Annabelle and Mike for providing refreshments and to all those who helped in the kitchen and with setting up and clearing away the hall.

At our next meeting  on 18 May Bob Mizon’s talk will be based around ‘Astronomy Pictures of the Day’. If the weather played ball, on May 9th there should be some images of Mercury’s transit to see. If not, there will just be a load of long faces.


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