Northamptonshire Natural History Society

Astronomy Section

Section President
Nick Hewitt
Section Secretary
James Whinfrey


Our twitter feed: NorthantsAstro

The Hourglass Nebula taken by the Hubble Space Telescope

The Astronomy Section is the original and largest astronomical society in Northamptonshire, formed in 1957. We cater for all levels of interest in astronomy, for people who are young and not-so-young, from armchair astronomers through to active observers.

We host an entertaining and thought-provoking programme of meetings, observing evenings and various public outreach events throughout the year.

Please feel free to come along to one of our meetings to find out about the wonders of the night sky, the latest thoughts and ideas of how the cosmos works, and for helpful advice of how best to get started looking up at the night sky over our town.

Our meetings take place on the second and last Monday of the month, starting at 7:30pm. All are welcome. Please click here for more details.

Next meeting:

Mon, 12 Jun 2017, 19:30
the european extremely large telescope
by Dr. Aprajita Verma. With a mirror 39m across the E-ELT will collect 13 times more light than the largest visible/IR telescopes today allowing us to peer deeper and further than ever before. In this talk, Dr Verma will describe the developments in telescope design that have led up to the forthcoming era of extremely large telescopes, in particular the E-ELT project which UK astronomers are playing a key role, and the ground-breaking science it will produce.

* Where: [HR = Humfrey Rooms, Out = See details]

Image credits: NASA (Hourglass nebula), Stellarium (background image)

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