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 .

Up and coming meetings:


September 2020: 

A Tale of Two Saturnian Moons - The Quest for Life, But Not As We Know It ~ Dr. Graeme Awcock (University of Brighton) ~ More

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


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 ~ July/August 2020

 C2020 F3 NEOWISE SvH   

Comet C/2020 F3 NEOWISE: C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) or Comet NEOWISE is a long period comet with a near-parabolic orbit discovered on March 27, 2020, by astronomers during the NEOWISE mission of the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) space telescope. At that time, it was an 18th-magnitude object, located 2 AU (300 million km; 190 million mi) away from the Sun and 1.7 AU (250 million km; 160 million mi) away from Earth.  NEOWISE is known for being the brightest comet in the northern hemisphere since Comet Hale–Bopp in 1997. Image Sebastian von Harrach: Canon 500D, 55mm lens,8s exposure at ISO800.