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We are a friendly, relaxed group of people sharing a common interest in all things astronomical. Our membership ranges from complete beginners to those experienced in observing and the more technical aspects such as astrophotography.

We meet at Summercourt New Memorial Hall, Cornwall on the third Thursdays of the month throughout the year. From October to March we also hold practical meetings on the first Thursday of each month at Trevarrian Holiday Park. All meetings start at 7:30pm.

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Next Event

June 20th: Summercourt

Image Credit: STScI 

When stars explode they are some of the brightest and most violent astronomical events known. In tonights talk Nigel will be exploring the different types of supernovae and how they are useful to astronomers and to models of how the universe works. The clouds of gas and dust that are produced make for some beautiful objects to image and also give rise to the elements that make life possible.

After the break, Noel will be giving his short talk on Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin and one of the most important discoveries in the history of astronomy, which was postponed from January.

Chronology of a Cornish Aurora 10/11th May

Image by Mike Griffiths

It’s been a while since we saw a Auroral display like this in Cornwall, but on the night of 10/11 May, many club members from as far as South and West in Newlyn, to as North and East in Carnewas were treated to one of nature’s greatest lightshows. Click image for full article

Latest Member Image

Image by Dean Ashton

On the night of 4, May, just after midnight (00:11:01UT to be precise) I turned my telescope towards the distant comet C/2021 S3 PANSTARRS. It was 146-million miles away when I took this a low in the sky near the star Deneb. I was not sure if I would even be able to see it. But pleasantly surprised to find it exactly where I expected it to be and so I took this image.

Long Distance Gibberish

In 1977 when at college in Coventry I met a very nice fellow student and my world changed. In 1982 we got married. Since then on odd occasions she says I talk gibberish. She’s usually right. Another world changing event occurred in 1977. The launch of the space probes Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 that took advantage of a rare lining up of the outer planets……..