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February 8, 2019 at 5:29 pm #9756Anonymous
Notes on the February 2019 Astronomy Group Meeting
To See “What to look at in the night sky in February” go to: https://forum.pembrokeshireu3a.org.uk/index.php?topic=3509.0 From the Forum you can go to the excellent Astronomy website Cosmic Pursuits.
1. 12th/213th February Mars has a date with Uranus
2. 10th/14th February Sky at Night BBC4 “Cosmology in Crisis”
3. 15th to 28th February search for Mercury After sunset!
4. 19th February Supermoon Moonrise 17.11 moonset 07.19
5. 28th February Venus, Saturn & Jupiter meet in the southern sky
We looked at Saturn that was occluded by the moon with photos taken on Saturday (2nd Feb) morning just before sunrise.
Saturn is the tiny dot on the upper right of the moon.
We also looked at the eclipse of the moon on the nights of the 20th/21st January. (See photos by group member Christine Kinsella)
Malcolm Lewis & Jean Williams talked about Tim Peake’s Spaceship that has visited Cardiff Museum
John Baylis rounded of the meeting with a fascinating talk about more key theories and discoveries in cosmology.
A possible trip in the Autumn was proposed:
Visit the Spaceguard Centre outside Knighton and the Ironbridge Museums to see the Museum of the Moon that visits Ironbridge Gorge Museum, UK, between 21 October – 10 November.
Day One: Share cars for the 2.5 to 3-hour drive from Pembrokeshire to Knighton to arrive in time for a 2.00pm tour of the centre. Then on to a hotel in the vicinity of Knighton/Ironbridge.
Day Two: Drive on to Ironbridge from a day visiting the Museum of the Moon and other attractions and returning to the hotel.
Day Three Drive home
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