Apollo 11 50th anniversary 21 July 2019

posted 22 Jul 2019, 09:47 by Pete Collins   [ updated 22 Jul 2019, 09:49 ]

We celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing with a special event in Heaton Park - information displays all about the moon landing and Apollo programme, rocket models and meteorite samples. We had solar scopes set up so that visitors could look at the Sun safely - but unfortunately when the clouds parted the Sun was found to be devoid of sunspots and flares! Anyway, at least the weather was OK :)

End of season party 11 April 2019

posted 15 Apr 2019, 14:19 by Pete Collins

Quiz time at our end of season party. Another successful season, with an average attendance of 53 people at our weekly meetings and a maximum of 90 for our Stargazing for Beginners evening in January.

Group trip to London 22-24 March 2019

posted 15 Apr 2019, 14:05 by Pete Collins   [ updated 15 Apr 2019, 14:10 ]

24 of us had a great few days in London including a visit to the Royal Observatory Greenwich and other places of interest.

Jodrell Bank 20 September 2018

posted 21 Sep 2018, 11:59 by Pete Collins

Group trip to a rather damp Jodrell Bank.

Museum of Science & Industry, Manchester 21/4/18

posted 23 Apr 2018, 11:55 by Pete Collins

A group trip to see Tim Peake's Soyuz descent module, have a go on the virtual reality descent simulator, and a very nice lunch.

Bella Italia 22/6/17

posted 25 Jun 2017, 09:23 by Pete Collins   [ updated 25 Jun 2017, 09:23 ]

An off-season meal at the Bella Italia, Bury.

National Space Centre 29/3/17

posted 29 Mar 2017, 15:22 by Pete Collins   [ updated 29 Mar 2017, 15:25 ]

Joint HPAG / Salford Astro visit to the National Space Centre, Leicester. A grand day out!

Open day in Heaton Park 25 September 2016

posted 25 Sep 2016, 12:12 by Pete Collins

Plenty of visitors at our open day in the park - solar scopes outside taking advantage of a few gaps in the clouds and info displays in the classroom.

Transit of Mercury 9 May 2016

posted 9 May 2016, 14:59 by Pete Collins   [ updated 9 May 2016, 15:03 ]

A great day in Heaton Park to view the transit of Mercury. Lots of solar-modified scopes set up plus an information display explaining what was happening to interested visitors - hopefully we've attracted quite a few new members. And perfect weather - it's not often the weather cooperates for an astronomical event!

End of season party 31/3/16

posted 3 Apr 2016, 12:10 by Pete Collins

HPAG's end of season party. Lots of food and drink and just a bit of thinking required when trying to do the quizzes. Another successful season with an average of around 40 people per meeting. For next season starting late September, a few more evenings with clear skies wouldn't go amiss!

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