Lea Valley U3A

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LEADERS: Laurence Cole and Mike Cording

July 2018:

The Lea Valley U3A Astronomy group is now under way. We have started as a small group and have agreed to meet in each other's homes at present.  We will aim to meet in the evening, on the first Tuesday of the month at 7:30pm,  though that might vary according to circumstances. 

We are a mixed group of individuals, those more knowledgeable about Astronomy are pleased to share their knowledge with some who are complete beginners.  The one lady in the group so far would welcome others!  The meetings will generally start with everybody participating in a discussion about current and recent Astronomical and Space events, including what is going to be visible in the night sky that month.  

A more formal part of the meeting will include study of a particular topic in more detail - this may include viewing parts of TV programmes like "The Sky at Night" or "Horizon" or "Brian Cox DVDs" to prompt more discussion and (hopefully!) understanding of topics on the stars and planets as well as more esoteric subjects like the Big Bang, Black Holes and High Energy Astrophysics!  

Some meetings (particularly in the darker months) will aim to be more practical and look at the night sky with binoculars and telescopes.  None of us are telescope experts, but some of us are hoping to learn!  We also aim to arrange special events to visit places of Astronomical interest.  Some of the group have already made a visit to Greenwich Observatory.  If you are interested in becoming involved, contact the Group Leaders.  Laurence will be at the Family History table at the Spotlight main monthly meeting.

 

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