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28th Dec 2016

Norfolk Astronomers are in for a treat this year at Seething Observatory.

2017 will be a great year for Norfolk Astronomers who are members of Norwich Astronomical Society.

There are some amazing speakers booked to give a talk at Seething Observatory, starting off in January with British born Apollo engineer Dr David Baker.  Dr Baker will explain the challenges and the options available as teams across the United States fought to keep the crew of Apollo 13 alive. "Considered by many to have been one of NASA's greatest successes, getting the crew of Apollo 13 back to Earth after an explosion on the way to the Moon was a major achievement. But what was it really like in Mission Control?“
There is likely to be a “full house” at Seething for this talk, so best to arrive early.

It’s an EPIC February as we are fortunate that Norwich Astronomer Hugh Osborn will visit and explain how his team at Warwick University discovered a Neptune-mass alien world with Earth-like density!
The team, led by Hugh, has analysed the data provided by NASA's Kepler spacecraft prolonged mission, known as K2, in order to look for possible planets orbiting the star EPIC212521166. It is an 8 billion-year-old, metal-poor dwarf star with a mass of slightly more than 0.7 solar masses, located some 380 light years away.

Also in February we will be opening the Observatory to younger Astronomers with out Children’s Day. This event is open to member of the public and will include (subject to the skies) Solar Viewing, Rocket making and launching, talks as well as a digital Minecraft tour of the the Observatory!

Quasars are the brightest objects in the Universe, and shine so brightly that they eclipse the galaxies that contain them. In March we hear from Laura Keating, who is kindly visiting us from the Institute of Astronomy to explain more about these objects. Laura completes her PhD in the Summer of 2017, so we are thrilled to be able to host Laura at Seething.

With excellent speakers, a site with clear, dark skies as well as telescopes for members to be trained how to use, there’s never been a better time to visit us at Seething Observatory.

The skies and Milky Way at Seething Observatory by Astronomer Chris GrimmerThanks to Chris Grimmer for this photo.

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