October Guest Speaker
Prof Tim Bedding
University of Sydney
Monday 18th October Online.
Planets and star quakes with NASA’s Kepler and TESS Missions
NASA’s Kepler and TESS Mission have monitored the brightness of hundreds of thousands of stars, watching for the tiny dips in light caused by a transiting planet.
They have discovered thousands of extra-solar planets, indicating that they are relatively common.
Meanwhile, the data are also being used to measure “star quakes”, which are oscillations of stars that give valuable information about their internal structures.
Covid Safe Observing Nights
Update for Members
Stargard has been closed since June. As restrictions for those fully vaccinated are lifted this month, Covid Safe outdoor gatherings will be permitted and we are planning to return for our next scheduled members only observing sessions on 30th October and 6th November.
This will be conditional on Wollondilly Council approval to use their venue; and attendees will be subject to any relevant NSW public health orders which remain in place.
MAS will require Stargard attendees to confirm full vaccination status and login to an MAS Stargard QR Code.
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Observing nights are dependent on weather conditions and NSW public health orders.
|Mon 18th Oct||Macarthur Astronomy Forum Online||Prof Tim Bedding (USyd)||7.15 pm for|
7.30 pm start
|Sat 30th Oct||Stargard||Members private observing||SS 7.21 pm|
MR 3.18 pm
|Sat 6th Nov||Stargard||Members private observing||SS 7.28 pm|
MS 9.08 pm
|Mon 15th Nov||Macarthur Astronomy Forum Online||Dr Devika Kamath (Maq Uni)||7.15 pm for|
7.30 pm start
|Sat 27th Nov||Stargard||Members private observing||SS 7.48 pm|
MR 1.49 am
|Sat 4th Dec||Stargard*||Members private observing||SS 7.54 pm|
New Moon 6.45 pm*
|Mon 6th Dec||Macarthur Astronomy Forum Online||Prof. Geraint Lewis (USyd)||7.15 pm for|
7.30 pm start
|tba||Members private observing|
The partial solar eclipse occurring at New Moon on 4th December, will not be visible in Macarthur. It can be seen only in Tasmania and parts of Victoria, requiring a clear horizon view just prior to sunset.
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