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Look to the sky as society begins new season

Created on 29/08/2017 @ 14:33
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All eyes will be to the sky from next week as Newtown Astronomy Society begins its latest series of meetings.

The society will begin its season on Saturday, 9 September at the Scout Hall, Park Lane starting at 7pm. 

“Our 2017/2018 season opens with a talk from ‘The Lord of the Light’ himself, Pete Williamson FRAS on Solar Astronomy – why do it and how,” said Pauline Norris, Secretary of the society.

“Pete has been ‘doing’ Astronomy since 1967 and has undertaken many University Certificated Courses with East Lancs and John Moore’s universities.

“He founded The Shropshire Astronomical Society in 1989 and five years later was elected a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society after observing, and having confirmed, a Transient Lunar Phenomena on the lunar surface.

“In 2012, he started imaging and observing the sun from a scientific point of view, later becoming BBC Radio Shropshire’s Resident Astronomer. In 2015, he set up and built Astro Radio, an astronomical and music station broadcasting to 20,000 plus listeners worldwide. 

“This is the mouthpiece of the annual Solarsphere Astronomical & Music Festival here in Mid Wales. Pete continues to image the sun as his main astronomical subject and has had many solar images published, even in the inflight magazine of United Arab Emirates Airline.

Since visiting the Kerry International Dark Sky Park with Europe's darkest skies, he is now experimenting with Deep Sky and planetary photography.”

The society is open to new members. Full membership is £20 per annum (10 meetings per year), with visitor fees at £3.50 per meeting.

Light refreshments are available during the meeting, with raffle prizes during the main break and a monthly “sky update” feature by Tony Cook of Aberystwyth University concluding the meetings.

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