Hertford Astronomy Group
Meetings held at:
Panshanger Golf Complex
Old Herns Lane,
Welwyn Garden City,
What happens at our meetings?
Doors open at 7:00 for the pre meeting show of astro photographs taken by group members followed by main meeting arrival from 7:30 for the meeting due to start at 8:00 but several club members and friends gather before this to have a drink and chat in the bar.
Following welcome announcements we have a guest speaker who speaks on the subject of the evening for about 45 -
Announcements about forthcoming events follow.
You can then choose from the following activities:
We look forward to seeing you. No need to book -
Voyager 1 is a space probe launched by NASA on September 5, 1977. Part of the Voyager program to study the outer Solar System, Voyager 1 launched 16 days after its twin, Voyager 2. Having operated for 39 years, 9 months and 9 days as of today (June 14, 2017), the spacecraft still communicates with the Deep Space Network to receive routine commands and return data. At a distance of 138 AU (2.06×1010 km) from the Sun as of March 2017, it is the farthest spacecraft from Earth as well as the farthest man-
The probe's primary mission objectives included flybys of Jupiter, Saturn, and Saturn's large moon, Titan. While the spacecraft's course could have been altered to include a Pluto encounter by forgoing the Titan flyby, exploration of the moon, which was known to have a substantial atmosphere, took priority. It studied the weather, magnetic fields, and rings of the two planets and was the first probe to provide detailed images of their moons.
After completing its primary mission with the flyby of Saturn on November 20, 1980, Voyager 1 began an extended mission to explore the regions and boundaries of the outer heliosphere. On August 25, 2012, Voyager 1 crossed the heliopause to become the first spacecraft to enter interstellar space and study the interstellar medium. Voyager 1's extended mission is expected to continue until around 2025, when its radioisotope thermoelectric generators will no longer supply enough electric power to operate any of its scientific instruments.
Roger has been an amateur astronomer since 1957. He
worked in a bank for 26 years, then went to university
and got a degree in astronomy. Now he is a tutor (in
astronomy and planetary science) for the Open University
and lectures in astronomy for other institutions. He is the President of our club.
13 September 2017
40 Years of Voyager
27 September 2017
11 October 2017
Women in Space
8 November 2017
Pulsars: The 50th Anniversary
13 December 2017
13 Journeys Through Time And Space
10 January 2018
14 February 2018
Images of the Universe -
14 March 2018
Juno & Jupiter
11 April 2018
60 Years of Astronomy
9 May 2018
The World of Small Satellites
13 June 2018
Time for Space
28 June 2017
Gaia revolutionising Astronomy
College Lane Campus, Hatfield
Wednesday 28 June 2017 at 7.00pm
Free to attend but as a courtesy please email Diane to let her know of your intention to attend.
Observing the Sun Safely
Following the very successful meeting about how to observe the sun safely we will be running another demonstration prior to our meeting on the 14th June starting at 7:00pm at the fariway Tavern. So, if you missed the previous session here is your chance to have a go.
Keep your fingers crossed that the sun will be visibly shining. Any of you who also own solar observing kit are welcome to bring it along and share it with our visitors.
Standard Tickets only £25.00 with discount code "MIR23".
Student & VIP ticket options also available.
Mike Foale flew in space on 6 Space Shuttle missions including extended stays aboard the Russian Mir Space Station and taking command of the International Space Station.
He performed a spacewalk to fix the Hubble Space Telescope making him the first British citizen to walk in space.
Mike Foale was resident on Mir at the time when a spacecraft collided with the station, puncturing the hull, damaging the solar arrays and putting the station in a life threatening spin. It was his calculations that rescued both the Space Station and its crew.
Meet and greet with Mike, hear about his career in NASA and as a record-
Everyone will receive a limited edition signed montage itself worth £25.00 each at no extra charge!
Further details about the event can be found here https://AstroMikeFoaleLive.eventbrite.co.uk?discount=MIR23.
Please contact me if you are interested in a large group booking.
I will send this email again nearer to the event as a reminder.
I look forward to hearing from you and welcoming you to the event.
The Armchair Astronaut ™
Fancy a bit of learning?
The programme is taught wholly online, for maximum flexibility of learning, with optional residential weekends in York for the opportunity to meet your fellow students and staff, engage in discussion and share your knowledge of railway studies.
This programme will offer home astronomers, who may have graduated in subjects other than physics, the opportunity to gain a formal postgraduate qualification in Astronomy and Astrophysics, and is designed to give students a robust and up-
The Centre for Lifelong Learning has provided high-
For further information about the course and how to apply please see our website. Should you have any questions please do not hesitate to get in touch.
Centre for Lifelong Learning
University of York
YORK YO10 5DD
Tel: 01904 328482
(Please note that we are merely passing the message on and not endorsing it in any form, but we would be interested to hear from anyone who does sign up.
June 4th 2017 -
If you have visited Stevenage Town Centre you may have noticed this sculpture. To find out what it is, does and why it is there Jerry Stone has arranged with Stevenage Town Centre Management for us to go along and let the public (and us) know its purpose.
Why not come along and wave the flag for the club?
More details to follow!