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​Teesdale U3A  Outreach Astronomy Project


The next meeting of the U3A Astronomy Group will be on Monday  January 9th 2017 10 -12pm at the Jersey Farm Hotel. All welcome. Room £2 Coffee £1.30

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 This gibbous Moon  photo was made in  Barnard Castle  DSLR
 a 840mm lens, tripod,  ISO 200,1/80sec 
 22.11.15,  18.25 UT 

  Tim Peake's  Tweets             from Space  Astronaut Tim Peake  The frontier of Space
Solar System Size nIGHT

Tim Peake
SKY AT NIGHT jUNE 2016 pp 43-45

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Three more sessions - same format
Venues in three villages halls TBA



Red Moon Eclipse 28/09/15  6min intervals  Images credit Robert Hartness 

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On this occasion, the Earth's shadow moved between the Sun and the Moon gradually covering it completely. The red colour appears on the Moon as sunset occurs on Earth. This is a quite rare event and will not be visible from the UK again until 2032. The red moon  was photographed above on a Nikon Camera mounted on a Manfroto tripod. It is sometimes called the Blood Moon. It occurs within a series of four eclipses called a tetrad.

What secrets will we discover?

Don't be afraid to ask questions !!
There is no such thing as a stupid question
Why stars shine, why stars twinkle, why seasons occur, how astronomers pinpoint stars, how they know how far away they are. How astronomers can tell if a planet has oxygen in its atmosphere. wHAT ACTUALLY IS LIGHT? What is gravity? WHAT IS TIME. What is a black hole? How many constellations are there?  The list is endless. Some introductory ttopics are listed below also.
The Celestial Sphere, Equinoxes, Tilt of the earth. naming the planets, our nearest star, moon International Space Station, space probes, solar wind , flares, comets, asteroids, our own galaxy. our nearest galaxy, the enormity of the Universe
What is Light? What is time? what is Space-time? How old is the Universe?
Copernicus - Galileo - Newton - Maxwell Planck - Einstein - Hawkings have given us elegant theories and explanations


                 Information Sheets
          The transits of Venus      
          Near Earth Objects          
          Naming of stars                                                    
          The Ozone Layer                                    
The answers to these and many more questions will be covered  Also, we will undertake night sky observing. Aim to make progress on your journey of self-discovery about the mysteries of the Universe.
 TUESDAY FEB.16th, is the beginning of the Project and full details will posted  on February 2nd in the Teesdale Mercury, Darington Times, Northern Echo two or three weeks before the event.  Radio Teesdale will be approached too. Also,The funding agencies have agreed to publicise the meetings through their networks.
The next three meeting will be on Wednesday March 16th. when the speaker will be Dr.John McCue from the Cleveland and Darlington Astronomical Society.  The venue TBA .
We will hold one session during the day for solar observations. Our new Telescope has a professional Solar Filter kit and guidance will be on hand to ensure everyone understands how to view the SUN in an absolutely safe manner. On May the 9th, the shadow of the planet Mercury will cross the surface of the sun. We will publish details of our planon that day in due course. Everything depends on weather.
Illustrated Lectures
The first session will begin with an illustrated talk given by  Mr. Graham Relf, a published author who has captured mamy lovely images  within Teesdale skies.  Copies of his book called             
"Dark Skies of the North Pennines" will be available on the night at £12.50. 
So, after/during refreshments  we'll organise  an outdoor observation period.  Please note that looking at white light will spoil your vision of the stars. Your eyes need 20 minutes to adjust to dark conditions.  If you bring a torch make it a small one and only point it at the ground for safety reasons. The astronomers will wear a red light head torch and will not welcome white light near the telescope.
Please realise that we need calm dry conditions with visible stars and the Moon, which will be in the first quarter of its revolution around the earth, so it will be I/4 dark. There will be a map of the moon posted in the Lecture Room. Notice that it says South at the top. This is NOT a mistake. The view through a telescope is inverted. So Mare Crisium (bottom left) will actually be top right when viewed through a camera, binos or the naked eye.
This has got to be the ultimate selfie
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 Creating a Legacy

We have teamed up with the Durham County Record Office to start up  the first photographic archive for amateur astronomers residing in the County'
We have been authorised to have some display boards professionally produced to tell the stories of Victorian astronmers from our area. Also, we will have some fascinating material and photos from this project to include. These boards will be exhibited in and around our own locality and then offered  on loan to the Outreach Department of Durham University, the British Association of Astronomy. and Sky at Night Magazine.