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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 .

Up and coming meetings:


April 2021: 

Night Light or Night Blight? ~ Bob Mizon


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 ~ January 2021

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The Moon: This lunar image shows an area to the north of Mare Humorum, the crater at the top right is Schickard, diameter 137 miles (227 km) with Wargentin alongside of it, diameter 67 miles (110 km), which looks like a raised plateau instead of a crater. At the top left is the crater Gassendi, 67 miles in diameter (110 km) which is always a nice feature to view with its multiple valleys inside its walls.  Image: Roy Bicknell with an Altair GP-CAM3 290C3 camera at 1500mm F/L in a Skywatcher 125mm Maksutov.






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