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Meetings from March 2020 until further notice have been cancelled through the current virus conditions

Whilst the current coditions for lockdown are imposed we have suspended our monthly meetings.  However we are holding monthly meetings using a variety of conferencing software e.g. Zoom*.  Below is a list of our proposed meetings.  If you are not on our circulation list and would like to join these meetings please e-mail us at .


 * Note our June meeting wil use "MediaStream" with a Q&A session following immediately using Zoom as the medium.


Up and coming meetings:


June 2020: Remote Sensing of the Saturnian System: The Titanic Struggle to Get There ~ Dr. Graeme Awcock (University of Brighton) ~ More

Note this meeting wil use "MediaStream" with a Q&A session following immediately using Zoom as the medium.


July 2020: X-Ray Astronomy ~ Dr Sebastian von Harrach


Like minded people interested in a particular subject rarely get the chance to meet up and discuss their interests in a convivial atmosphere. Here at The Local Group we gather once a month at a local hotel in Bexhill, East Sussex where over an evening meal we discuss all aspects of the science behind astronomy.  Active participation is expected and encouraged. Our meetings differ to those of traditional society events with an invited speaker. We maintain a friendly and informal atmosphere and if you would like to attend our meetings please e-mail us at or call on 07768 175580.  Some of The Local Group give talks and demonstrations to schools, youth groups, business and  charitable clubs. Details can be found on our website  

M31, The Andromeda Galaxy We take our name from the "Local Group of Galaxies" in which our galaxy, The Milky Way, is one of the larger members.  The Local Group has more than 50 galaxies spread over a distance of 10 million light years.  Prominent members include the Andromeda galaxy (left, click image to enlarge), M31, and its satellites M32 and M110; the Triangulum galaxy, M33 and our own Milky Way.  Our Local Group forms part of the Virgo Supercluster. Use this link to find out more about our local group of galaxies .


Images from The Local Group ~ May/June 2020

 20200419 Starlink flattened 8 min exp lr   

Starlink: Starlink is a satellite constellation being constructed by SpaceX to provide satellite Internet access. The constellation will consist of thousands of mass-produced small satellites in low Earth orbit (LEO), working in combination with ground transceivers. SpaceX also plans to sell some of the satellites for military, scientific, or exploratory purposes.  This image is a stack of 16 consecutive 30s images showing 15 plus satellites and taken on the 19th April 2020 between 20:57 and 21:06 BST with a Canon 500D camera and 15mm focal length lens.  The settings were exposure 30s each at f/5.6 and ISO 400.  Image: David Pulley






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