To inspire and educate through meaningful space research.

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Next Event: Geminid meteor shower - 13-14th Dec

9pm till dawn

The Geminids are an abundant meteor shower caused by the object 3200 Phaethon, which is thought to be a Palladian asteroid with a "rock comet" orbit.

This would make the Geminids, together with the Quadrantids, the only major meteor showers not originating from a comet.

We will be using antennae and digital receivers to capture radio waves reflecting off the ionised trails of meteors as the enter the atmosphere over southern Europe.

Tickets available through Eventbrite

Event: The Quadrantids - 3rd-4th Jan 2020

9pm till midnight (later by appointment)

The Quadrantids are caused by asteroid 2003 EH1, which has an orbital period of 5.5 years. Quadrantid meteors are not seen as often as meteors in other showers, because the peak intensity is exceedingly sharp, sometimes lasting only hours. Additionally, the meteors can be quite weak.

The shower's name comes from Quadrans Muralis, a former constellation created in 1795 by the French astronomer Jérôme Lalande that is now part of Boötes. The radiant is at the northern edge of Boötes, between the end of the handle of the Big Dipper and the quadrilateral of stars marking the head of the constellation Draco. The shower is best seen in the northern hemisphere.

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Event: The Lyrids - 21st-22nd Apr 2020

9pm till midnight (later by appointment)

The Lyrids are a meteor shower lasting from April 16 to April 26 each year. The radiant is located in the constellation Lyra, near this constellation's brightest star, Alpha Lyrae (Vega). Their peak is typically around April 22

The source of the meteor shower is debris from the trail of comet C/1861 G1 Thatcher. The April Lyrids are the strongest annual shower of meteors from debris of a long-period comet, mainly because as far as other intermediate long-period comets go (200–10,000 years), this one has a relatively short orbital period of about 415 years. The Lyrids have been observed and reported since 687 BC; no other modern shower has been recorded as far back in time.

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14 Oct 2019

Operations Centre moves into Cold War era bunker

Exciting news - we've finally moved in to our new building on the historic RAF Alconbury airfield. The developer has kindly donated a decomissioned bomb depot control building, a remnant of the cold war. The folks at JJM have been working hard over the last few weeks to renovate it and power it up, and at last our server farm and Space Operations Centre equipment are now in place! Thanks to all those who helped with the move!

Our Mission:

An educational charity to encourage and inspire people to pursue STEM subjects, while undertaking meaningful space research projects.

With thanks to:

Go Stargazing General Electric Grid Solutions North Ronaldsay Trust The National Space Centre The British Interplanetary Society ESERO Papworth Trust Urban and Civic Space Research Centre ITEXS Extreme Scaffolding

Robert Laws

David K Scott