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What have we learned about the moon?

Created on 09/02/2018 @ 08:35
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The moon and what scientists have learned about it over the past 50 years will be discussed at the latest meeting of the Newtown Astronomy Society on Saturday evening.

"It's been nearly 50 years since we set foot upon the Moon. Now we have 50cm resolution of the lunar landing sites from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter mission. What can these tell us? What have we learnt about the Moon over the last five decades? " said secretary, Les Fry.

"All this and more will be talked about and discussed by Dr Tony Cook in his talk, The Apollo Missions."

Dr Tony Cook has worked as a planetary cartographer/scientist for nearly 30 years, producing digital topographic maps of Mars, Mercury and the moon from stereo images.

He understood research at University College London, the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, the Institute for Planetary Exploration in Berlin, and in the Center for Earth and Planetary Studies at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum in Washington D.C. He also edited the Hatfield Photographic Lunar Atlas.

Tony now lecturers in physics at Aberystwyth University, but in his free time at home, still enjoys looking at the Moon through a telescope.

The meeting takes place on Saturday (10 February) at 7pm at Newtown Scout Hut in Park Lane.

"Our society extends a warm welcome to all those interested in astronomy.
Annual membership fees (due now), are just £20 per annum (10 meetings per year), with visitor fees at £3.50 per meeting," added Les.

Tea or Coffee with biscuits are available at a cost of 50p per cup from the start of the meeting.

Raffle prizes are up for grabs during the main break. Donations gratefully received!

Then Tony Cook of Aberystwyth University brings the meeting to a close with his monthly "sky update" feature which includes astro TV listings and events to look out for, along with Member's Observations.

Please bring along any images you've taken on a dongle and we'll show them to fellow colleagues for you in the Member's Observations section.

If you need help with your telescope or advice about getting one please ask colleagues at our meeting.

Subjects for later in the season include Exoplanets, Remote Imaging and a Planetarium night.

For any further information or astronomical updates, check out the Newtown Astronomy Society on Facebook or contact us direct at

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