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The stars are so distant that they all appear to us just as points of light, even through large telescopes. Only the very largest, such as Betelgeuse, show any sort of a disc, even using the Hubble Space Telescope. Artists do their best, but even then the interest usually arises from features on the surfaces of the imagined planets surrounding them. Of course, we do know a lot about individual stars, but they tend to be represented in books just as facts and figures – mass, diameter, luminosity and so on. What’s missing is the reality of what it would be like to view the star as a real object, as if you were on one of its assumed planets.
Our February speaker is David Fishwick of Ewell Astronomical Society, who has been thinking about what it would be like to unplug our own Sun and replace it by one of those tiny points of light that glimmer in the night sky. You may remember that last year we had a talk on Seven Moons from Bob Mizon, which looked at some of the interesting moons of our own Solar System. So this talk goes one stage further!
The meeting is on Monday, 8 May, at the St John Ambulance Hall, North Harrow, starting at 8 pm.
12 June: Annual General Meeting plus Jack Martin, Practical Stellar Spectroscopy
10 July Special 50th Anniversary Meeting at Vyners School: Dr Michael Foale.
Meetings are held every month (except August) alternating between Christ Church, Redford Way, Uxbridge and St John Ambulance Hall, North Harrow. Admission to meetings is free to members, and non-members are welcome to attend one or two meetings before deciding if membership is for them. Meetings begin at 8 pm sharp and finish at 10 pm.
Each meeting begins with the talk by the main speaker, which usually lasts 60-75mins. This is followed by a slot where we show astronomical observations made by members. The meetings close with society notices and we often have time for refreshments afterwards. Here you can socialise with other members, speak to WOLAS committee members, or even talk directly with the main speaker.
As an incentive for members to contribute their observations to the monthly observing slot, a small prize is awarded by a process of a lucky dip. We also run an observing competition over the year and whether you win the lucky dip or not, each month's entry also adds a point to a member's points tally. Attendance at a Piggotts observing night also adds a point. In September of each year, a trophy is given to the member with the most points. This is the Geoff Smith Award which commemorates a former secretary of WOLAS who was a very keen observer of the night sky. As a member you can read more about the trophy by logging in and clicking here.