Foredown Tower Astronomers are a friendly, social group of amateur astronomers that meet once a month to listen to a guest speaker and then enjoy conversation over light refreshments. If the skies are clear members are asked to bring their telescopes for some observing which guests can also join.
Meetings are held at the Emmaus Community Café on the 3rd Thursday of each month. Free parking is available on site.
Guests are welcome to all evenings at a cost of £5 (includes refreshments) and should they then wish to join membership costs £20 per 6 months.
The Cassini mission to Saturn ended on 15 September 2017 when the spacecraft burnt up in the planet’s atmosphere. Launched in 1997 as part of the NASA/ESA/ASI Cassini–Huygens mission, the spacecraft had been in orbit about the ringed planet since 2004, sending back a wealth of data about the planet, its moons and its vast ring system. The talk will highlight some of the discoveries made by Cassini during its 13-year study of the ringed planet. These include observations of giant storms on Saturn, changing weather and surface features on Saturn’s largest moon Titan, the discovery of plumes of ice particles emanating from a source of liquid water beneath the surface of the moon Enceladus, and the discovery of several new moons. The presence of a spacecraft in orbit for more than a decade has given scientists the opportunity to study how the ring system has changed over time. The last part of the talk will focus on this.
If clear skies are forecast please bring your telescope and there will be some observing after the talk.
Future meeting & events include;
April 19th 2018
Dr Iocopo Vivarelli (University of Sussex) - Discoveries at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC)
May 17th 2018
Graham Bryant - Astrophotography
June 21st 2018
Professor Andrew Coates (Mullard Space Science Laboratory) - Looking for Life on Mars with the ExoMars 2020 Rover
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