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Get yourself a Geminid

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Get yourself a Geminid

The purists may say that the Full Moon will wash out the Geminid meteor shower this year but around the peak it is worth a try at seeing a few. The peak will occur around the mornings of the 13th and 14th December and the meteors can be seen all over the sky but following…

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New Society, new Team

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New Society, new Team

On Wednesday 27th November, the Bath Astronomers were re-constituted as an independent astronomical society having spent a decade as an informal group within the William Herschel Society. The new team helping to coordinate the first year are Abi Chown, Chris Brooks, Dennis Lewis, Jonathan Hall and Simon Holbeche. The Bath Astronomers were originally founded in…

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27th Nov Variable Star Observing

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27th Nov Variable Star Observing

Roger Pickard is visiting Bath Astronomers on Wednesday 27th November to talk to us about getting into variable star observing both visually and with a camera. This year Roger completed 20 years as the British Astronomical Association’s Variable Star Section Director and has passed the baton on to a new director, Jeremy Shears. He remains…

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Transit of Mercury at Sainsbury’s

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Transit of Mercury at Sainsbury’s

We spent 4 hours on a Monday afternoon introducing the shoppers of Odd Down, Bath to the wanderings of a tiny black disk on the Sun. Some even ran around to the front of the telescopes to ensure we weren’t fooling them with a spider or a sticky dot.

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Exoplanets & The Charterhouse Exoplanet Project

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Exoplanets & The Charterhouse Exoplanet Project

Our next gathering will be on Wed 30th Oct at 7:30pm at the Museum. Doors open at 7:15pm for a 7:30pm start. The evening’s talk will be given by Mark Woodland. Mark is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and has a degree in Astrophysics from the Open University. He is a published author…

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Good week welcoming new faces

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Good week welcoming new faces

We opened our doors this week for both introductory talks at the Herschel Museum of Astronomy and a first observing session at Wellow. Between 15 and 20 people popped along to get to know more about stargazing as a hobby and try it out for themselves. Still Autumn, the skies were not truly dark and…

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Restoration Underway

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Restoration Underway

The work to bring the Monkton Combe School Observatory back into use is underway. The School is organising the repair of the roof and scaffolding is up and materials purchased. The tarpaulin is covering the now enlarged hole in the roof as work has progressed despite the rain. Whilst the structure of the observatory is…

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