Northamptonshire Natural History Society

Astronomy Section

Section President
Nick Hewitt
Section Secretary
James Whinfrey


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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, 30 Nov 2015, 19:30
hunting for extra-solar planets
by Dr Peter Wheatley. Dr Wheatley will describe how we discover exoplanets using small ground-based telescopes, especially hot Jupiters using the Wide Angle Search for Planets (WASP) instruments. Also how we aim to find smaller planets using our new array of exoplanet hunting telescopes in Chile called the Next Generation Transit Survey (NGTS). He will also explain how discoveries of transiting planets around bright stars present exciting opportunities to learn about the composition and atmospheric properties of these distant and exotic worlds. Ultimately we hope to understand how planets form and evolve, and what controls the startling diversity of observed planetary systems.

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

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

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