The Stardate programme started with the official opening this evening.
Programme and Talks:
Ceres & the Solar Ring System - Edwin Rodley
Introduction to Radio Astronomy - James Smith
Comet Halley through the ages - Past and future - Ian Cooper
Summer night sky audio visual
Laser tour of the night sky - Ian Cooper
Once started however, interest in the live displays from the International Space Station (ISS) prompted an informal programme change so explanation of the ISS feeds could be made.
We thyen had a very informative talk from Edwin outlining the recent exploratory mission to the asteroids, especially Ceres and Vesta.
James Smith then followed with descriptions of different types of radio astronomy being pursued by the Phoenix Society and low cost ways in which members could become involved.
The final talk of the evening presented by Ian Cooper outlined the history of Comet Halley, the omens it portended and how it may look during future visitations.
Our evening rounded out with a presentation about the summer night sky and practical viewing directed with Ian's laser.