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Because of the Covid-19 virus, meetings from April 2020 until further notice are being arranged via Zoom conferencing software

Whilst the current coditions for lockdown are imposed we have suspended our monthly meetings.  However we are holding monthly meetings using Zoom video conferencing software.  Details of our next meeting can be found below.  Past and future meetings can be found here.  If you are not on our circulation list and would like to join these meetings please e-mail us at astro@thelocalgroup.org.uk.

Up and coming meetings:

 

Mapping the Radio Universe with the Square Kilometre Array ~ Dr. Steve Cunnington (University of Edinburgh) (More)

 

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 astro@thelocalgroup.org.uk 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 ~ February 2022

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M1 Crab Nenbula: In 1054, Chinese astronomers took notice of a “guest star” that was, for nearly a month, visible in the daytime sky. The “guest star” they observed was actually a supernova explosion, which gave rise to the Crab Nebula, a six-light-year-wide remnant of the violent event.

With an apparent magnitude of 8.4 and located 6,500 light-years from Earth in the constellation Taurus, the Crab Nebula can be spotted with a small telescope and is best observed in January. The nebula was discovered by English astronomer John Bevis in 1731, and later observed by Charles Messier who mistook it for Halley’s Comet. Messier’s observation of the nebula inspired him to create a catalog of celestial objects that might be mistaken for comets.

Image: Roy Bicknell60 x 20s exposures

 

 


 

 

 


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