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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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 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 ~ July 2018


20180630 18 Bob, Simon, Ronald, Ann, Roger, Barry and Jean observing the ISS at Compton Croquet Club  IMG 0018lr   

International Space Station (ISS) transits the Sun over Eastbourne. 

The International Space Station (ISS) orbits our Earth every 93 minutes at an altitude of 400km.  Providing you know when and where to look, the ISS is readily visible as it travels across the night sky.  There are interesting but rare occasions when the ISS passes in front of the Moon or Sun and although such transits are brief, usually no more than a second in duration, these events can be captured on camera. One such happened occurred last Saturday morning at 10:37 am when members of Bexhill’s Local Group were guests of the Compton Croquet Club at The Saffrons to observe the solar transit.  This particular transit passed north of Brighton and across Eastbourne and passing a little to the west of the pier and a short video can be found at...

.  Visibility of the transit is limited to a few kilometres either side of this optimum path.

Viewing a solar transit can be dangerous and full eye precautions must be taken. 




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