Moon phase

Saturday 22 July 2017

Hi all,

Just to let you know that unfortunately due to unforeseen circumstances we're having to cancel the August meeting that was due to be on the 5th august.

The next meeting will be on 9th September where I'll do the talk about the distance to the stars I was going to do in August.

We will still have the Meteor watch on the night of 12th-13th August. This will again be in my back garden. If you are interested please comment on this post  and I'll send you further details or click attending on the Facebook event.

If you are interested then you will need to wrap up warm (I know it's August but it gets jolly cold when the sun goes down), a chair or sun lounger and some insect repellent. If you want to bring a camera to see if you can capture some meteors please feel free. You will need a tripod and if possible a remote shutter release.

Hope to see you there.


Chair EEAC

Saturday 1 July 2017

Forthcoming Events

After our July meeting (Saturday 8th July, see previous post), our next meeting is on 5th August at the Burnham Village Hall. In August we will be talking about how we measure the distance to the stars. We will also be discussing our forthcoming winter observing season which will also include details of a simple variable star observation project that all can join in on.

Also in August will be the 3rd Annual East Essex Astronomy Club Perseid meteor watch. In the previous 2 years we have successfully observed the peak of the Perseid meteor shower under clear skies. This year the shower peaks on the night of Saturday 12th - Sunday 13th August. A meteor is simply a speck of space debris about the size of a grain of sand burning up in the Earth's upper atmosphere. The passage of the dust leaves a bright streak behind it in a spectacular natural fireworks display. Meteors are visible on all nights of the year but there are specific times when the Earth passes through dust trails left by comets. The Perseids are such an event and from a natural back ground of 1 - 2 meteors per hour we can see up to 100, bright meteors an hour. Details of location and times will be available here and on our facebook page nearer the time.