User IDs for this Site

By Mark Eustace on Saturday, 10th March 2018

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10th March 2018 At the last committee meeting a decision was made that all non-essential user IDs on this website would be disabled. The government has brought in new rules regarding the visibility, use and management of personal data and it is possible that some users would be able to view restricted information if they […]

Galaxies in Many Dimensions

By Mark Eustace on Saturday, 27th January 2018

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On Friday 26th January we were treated to a fascinating talk by Professor Michael Merrifield from Nottingham University all about extending our understanding of galaxies. Whilst the title might sound like Mike would be delving into the realms of science fiction, the reality was far from it. Indeed, the lecture was all about looking at […]

Our Open Evening on 20th January 2018

By Mark Eustace on Monday, 22nd January 2018

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The night was clear and the observatory buzzed with visitors. We had a wonderful turnout and some fantastic feedback despite the cold. Regrettably our small lecture room isn’t quite up to the number of visitors and so we are sorry for the long wait between talks. We try different approaches to deal with the problem […]

Our Christmas Party

By Mark Eustace on Monday, 8th January 2018

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January the 5th saw members enjoy our annual Christmas Party.  There were quizzes, brain teasers, crosswords and of course plenty of food and drink!!  It was well attended and as it was a clear night there was something to view as well.  Jim Fisher, as always devised and conducted the main quiz and told us […]

Observatory Open Evening 20th January 2018 7pm Onwards

By Mark Eustace on Sunday, 7th January 2018

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On Saturday the 20th January the observatory will be open from 7pm to the public for a special evening of astronomy. The theme is ‘In Celebration of Orion the Hunter’. Why Orion? Well, Orion is a fabulous constellation. You can use it as a central location to learn various constellations and stars in the surrounding […]

The Physics of Santa Claus

By Mark Eustace on Wednesday, 20th December 2017

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On the 8th December we welcomed Susan Cartwright from Sheffield University to give us a talk on THE PHYSICS OF SANTA CLAUS. Firstly she gave us a job description of Santa.  He has to: Deliver toys to every Christian household on the planet by entering the property via roof, wall or chimney, put presents under […]

Open Evening 1st April 2017

By Mark Eustace on Thursday, 27th April 2017

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Open Evening Saturday 1st April Our open evening did not go without a hitch so I’ll get this out of the way to start with! Sadly, the Derbyshire Times advertised it in an article as being on Friday instead of Saturday. D’oh! As a consequence, a few of us went to the observatory early on […]

Galaxies – One Gigayear at a Time

By Mark Eustace on Tuesday, 19th July 2016

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On the 8th July saw a return visit by Julian Onions of Nottingham University giving us a talk on Galaxies – One Gigayear at a time. This talk was very well received and provoked many questions.  He explained what galaxies are, how they are classified, how they are formed, what we understand about their lives, […]

Have any suggestions for the society?

By Mark Eustace on Monday, 8th June 2015

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The Society is planning to hold more activities on club nights and would appreciate suggestions from club members. One thing we are looking at is debates and we ask members to feel free to provide their suggestions for topics that can be debated. We’re also interested in conducting scientific experiments and again ask members for […]