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2014-01-11 Stargazing Live

We had a fantastic Stargazing Live event at the Norfolk Arms to the west of Sheffield when over 260 adults and children came along. They were treated to some excellent talks on Jupiter, Orion and Galaxies and a chance to see Jupiter, Orion and the Moon through a large variety of telescopes set up on

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2013-10-26 Astromind

This year’s Yorkshire Astromind was held at Mexborough & Swinton AS where Darren put in an amazing performance and came a close second, only 3 points behind the winner. He was encouraged by a bevvy of vociferous cheerleaders who kept the audience amused and Darren embarrassed! Very well done Darren and we all hope you

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2013-10-23 Off The Shelf

We were invited to Totley Library to give a few talks as part of the Sheffield ‘Off the Shelf’ festival – a festival of words. An audience of about 30 turned up and enjoyed a talk by Mike on ‘Navigating the Night Sky’ and ‘Tour of the Planets’ by Carl.

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2013-09-21 Stargazing at the Sportsman PH at the equinox

Our first public observing evening outside Mayfield was a great success with over 50 people coming along.  After a bit of cloud, the sky cleared and we watched a near-full Moon rise through the clouds on the horizon. Many Messier objects were seen and a -7.5 magnitude Iridium flare rounded off a great evening.

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2013-09-10 A New Era Begins

So, it’s goodbye Mayfield, hello Ranmoor. Our first meeting at the Ranmoor Parish Centre was an out of this world experience as David Whitehouse held the audience captivated by his talk ‘One Small Step’. I think everybody believed the talk would be about Apollo but it started in World War II and finished with Alan

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2013-08-12 Perseid Meteor Downfall !

The society had a wonderful send off for Mayfield tonight as it was our last public event at the site we have used so successfully for the last 14 years. And what a send off it was as it was possibly the best Perseid meteor shower in years. Over 40 people oohed and aahed as

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2013-08-03 SAS invades Jodrell Bank

Despite a heavy downpour and a small detour on the way to Jodrell Bank, the Sun shone while we were there and many of us watched the huge radio telescope rotate around on it’s railway tracks.  We were treated to a talk about the telescope and spent a lot in the shop!  Overall, a great

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2013-07-22 Our last meeting at Mayfield

A wonderful final evening at Mayfield after 14 years of meeting here. We had a group photo of all the 60 people who came on the night along with a lovely buffet and lots of chat amongst everyone.  Talks were given on what was happening in astronomy and space back in 1999 when we had

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2013-07-19 Waving at Saturn while Cassini takes picture

A group of us met on Burbage Moor around 22:00 to prepare for the picture which was a series of images taken between 22:27 and 22:42 BST by the Cassini spacecraft, from the orbit of Saturn. Earth was only about a pixel in size from Cassini’s vantage point 898 million (1.44 billion kilometers) away, but

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2013-07-13 Sungazing Live

Record temperatures of 29 degC and a only partially cloudy sky attracted many visitors to our Sungazing Live event at Mayfield.  Lots of flares seen through our H-alpha scope and some decent astrophotographs taken too.  A local newspaper reporter was impressed by our setup and we hope he can get an article published soon, detailing

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