LMC – Milky Way’s Galactic Neighbour

LMC

Image credit:P. Horálek/ESO

Large Magellanic Cloud:

Milky Way’s Galactic Neighbour

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BBQ Tuesday

Milky Way’s galactic neighbour

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A timely reminder:

Last public meeting of the year –

Tuesday 17th December 2019

Barbecue

Our end-of-year barbecue is planned for this Tuesday 17th December at the earlier time of 7pm. This event is re-scheduled from 10th December.

 

Committee member Jonathon Palmer will present an astronomical quiz, with prizes for the children (and maybe the young at heart).

 

Come along for celestial viewing, test your knowledge of things astronomical, refreshments, and lots of talking.

 

Our telescopes will be operating. We plan to set up our solar telescope to view the Sun, and set up other telescopes with solar filters. On-screen we’ll see a couple of articles about the Parker Solar Probe.

bored telescope wearing santa hat

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Milky Way’s Galactic Neighbour

LMC

Image credit: P. Horálek/ESO

The Milky Way galaxy and one of its cosmic neighbours shimmer over the La Silla Observatory in Chile in this night-sky photo by European Southern Observatory (ESO) photographer Petr Horálek. That galactic neighbour is a dwarf galaxy known as the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC), and directly beneath it is the 7-foot (2.2 meters) MPG-ESO telescope, that scans the cosmos for high-energy gamma ray bursts. The smaller telescope on the left is the 3-foot (1 meter) Schmidt telescope, that has been studying galaxies, star clusters, dwarf planets and supernovas for nearly 50 years. (Hanneke Weitering)

https://www.space.com/32252-amazing-images.html?utm

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In summary –

Barbecue

Tuesday 17th December

Fergusson Park Observatory, Tilby Drive, Matua, Tauranga.

Program starting at 7pm:

Refreshments

Telescope Viewing of the Sun

Quiz

 

Admission to the barbecue –

Members and their children free.

Non-members: Adults $5, children $2 each.

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santa viewing thru scope

Telescope viewing possible only with zero or minimum cloud cover.

 

Happy skies everyone.

 

Sincerely

Kevin Patmore

Secretary

Tauranga Astronomical Society

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tas.secretary@gmail.com

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