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Next meeting Friday 9 December

AGM  a round up of the past year,  plus astronomy  quiz and raffle.


Ewell Astronomical Society

Please see How to find us for more details and a map.

Note: Please use the new side entrance next to the gates which is round the right hand side of the school. Also please continue using the left-hand car park.  

Janus Newsletter

An Obsession with Time -- by Stephen Stangroom
 
My interest in historical astronomers led me, perhaps inevitably; to reading about the search for a reliable means to find longitude at sea. This quest occupied many great minds during the 1700s, and was also a driving force behind the development of astronomy at the time. It was for this reason that the Royal Observatory at Greenwich was under the control of the Admiralty. .....


The 50th Anniversary -- by Gary Walker
 
We had a full-scale Dinner, first.  People  were dressed up in their finery with men in suits and ties!  Later Professor Ian Morison from Jodrell Bank, (and the Society's Patron),  gave a very entertaining talk about if Einstein was right! This was a really wonderful night with excellent service from the Club! .....


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Transit of Mercury

Transit of Mercury -- by Stephen Stangroom
See photographs and report in Janus






Visit to Mill Hill Observatory

Article by Gary and photos by Ron
At least 30 people from the Society visited the Mill Hill Observatory on the evening of February 26th.

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The Lunar Eclipse


Two articles -- by Louis and Gary
 
Then wow, I noticed how dark it has got, the moonshine had really lit up all the gardens below, and now that had all gone. And even more exciting, I could see stars and the moon at the same time through my scope.

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Janus Newsletter

Venus-Jupiter Conjunction -- by Gary Walker
 
For the past few months and weeks, Jupiter has been slowly crawling towards Venus in the evening sky, leading to a Planetary Conjunction - at closest on June 30th.


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What are your favourite astronomical objects?
     Read about what Gary's favourite astronomical objects are.    

Report on the visit to Mullard Space Science Laboratory -- by Gary Walker
 
On April 22nd 2015, we finally made the long proposed trip to the Mullard Space Science Laboratory (MSSL).

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Prof Ian Morison is our Patron

Prof Ian Morison has kindly agreed to be the Patron of Ewell Astronomical Society. He is an astronomer and astrophysicist who served as the 35th Gresham Professor of Astronomy. 


Nonsuch Astronomy!

A local astronomy website and blog spot


Next users group meeting 

Wednesday 21 Dec 2016

Meeting 
start at 8.00pm sharp 

See: Users Group for the details.

Observing

Ranmore Common 
Observing
The next session will take place on Fri 25th Nov.
See: Observing for the details.


School Telescope Observing
Friday 2 Dec 2016   --   Start time 7:30 pm

Observing only takes place if there is less than 50% cloud cover. 

See: Users Group for the details.

Gallery
Milky Way -- by Geoff Walker

This picture of the Milky Way was taken on Ranmore common and stacked from 9 20 second exposures with a Cannon 1100D DLSR camera with 18mm Lens.




Janus Newsletter
Observing Session -- by Stephen Stangroom


Then, all-of-a-sudden, around 9.15 a north-south split appeared in the cloud directly overhead, and I decided to risk jinxing us by setting up.  By the time I was done the sky was almost completely clear!


The Orion Nebula (M42) was my next target.

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Lunar Images

By Ron Jonson -- See the Gallery