Last night, I managed to make it to the March meeting of the Crewkerne and District Astronomical Society, and I’m glad I did. The guest speaker was none other than Dr Carl Murray, who is based at the Queen Mary University of London. In 1990 Carl was selected as a member of the camera team for the NASA/ESA Cassini mission to Saturn. Naturaly enough the talk was about the Cassini-Huygens Spacecraft and its mission to the jewel of the solar system, what can I say other than the talk was fantastic and if your club wants a really good speaker who won’t bore you with fact and figures, then don’t hesitate to book him.
The image of Saturn’s solar eclipse was only made possible when Cassini’s safety systems was bypassed, allowing the camera to be pointed in the direction of the Sun, and yes that little blue dot is Earth.
After Carl had finished, Bob Mizon gave us his object of the month, the star Alpha Hydrae or Alphard, ( the snakes heart ) in the constallation of Hydra. Of particularly interest was Bobs explanation of the mythology behind Hydra and why it has a crow and an urn on its back.
A few club members – including myself, showed our images we have managed to take with the poor weather we have had to suffer recently, My favourite was Bud Martin Budzynski’s lunar images taken with a C11 and a Point Grey, Flea 3 Camera.
I’m looking forward to the next meeting, the talk will be by Bob Mizon – Solar System Alphabet, now that will be good.