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The meetings for 2016 are here on their own page


Meet at the Barnet Observing Site see details.

The Moon is just over half, so the terminator - the line between light and dark - will show the mountains and craters far better than at Full Moon

Jupiter will also be rising during the evening

More on the recent New Horizon probe encounter with what is still referred to by many as 'the outermost planet'. Mike Goldsmith has written an intriguing book on all aspects of the planet (dwarf or not...); its discovery; recent demotion and the latest findings from New Horizons. The book also includes other aspects of Pluto, such as its mention in fiction - and that includes Doctor Who!

Mike GoldsmithDr Mike Goldsmith studied variable stars and cosmic dust at Keele University, receiving his Ph D in 1987. Since then he has written more than fifty books and scientific papers on a variety of subjects, including astronomy and astrophysics. He worked in the field of acoustics for many years, as head of the Acoustics Group at the UK's National Physical Laboratory. He is now a freelance researcher and science writer.


Meet at the Barnet Observing Site see details.

The Moon is almost full, so a good comparison to the February meeting. The Lyrid Meteor Shower is at near-peak, and although the bright Moon isn't the best situation, you never know!

Plus Jupiter is still bright and Mercury could just about be visible???

Fermilab, set in the corn fields of Illinois, about 30 miles west of Chicago, is not quite as large as CERN, but it came first. Visibly the site is dominated by the impressive Wilson Hall. (left)

Fermilab runs many international projects and it is also the centre for DUNE - Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment - shooting these elusive particles underground to a similar facility at Stanford, 800 miles away.

Includes a trip 1000 feet underground to meet the detectors!

Elon Musk says he wants to visit the International Space Station aboard his own craft by 2020 -- and he doesn't think it will be "that hard". Speaking at the StartmeupHK Festival in Hong Kong, Musk said the company was also looking further ahead, to Mars and beyond, and could unveil its plan to do so as soon as September 2016.

Michael Franks has been digging deeper and will explain more at this meeting

No Meeting these months


Will this be the Gold Rush of the 21st Century? The prospectors will certainly be a tad more sophisticated than their 19the Century distant relatives, but the rewards could be as great - if not greater...
Michael Franks has been delving into the practicalities - which seems will involve slightly more than a shovel and sieve!


This Meeting will also include the AGM

This enigmatic title refers to 2016 being the 90th Anniversary of the launch of the world's first liquid-fuelled rocket. This was on March 26th 1926 by Robert H Goddard in Auburn, Massachusetts.

Jerry has been delving deeper into this very important milestone- which will also reveal the 'why' of 'Nell', 'Esther' and 'Aunt Effie'...