September’s main meeting starts our year with a talk on the Earth’s moon.

Location: St Peter’s Church hall 7pm.

 

Dr Tony Cook (Aberystwyth University)

We welcome back Dr Cook to Reading. He is an old friend and the society played a major part in developing his interest in astronomy as a young member. Much involved with amateur astronomy in the Lunar section of the BAA. Older members will remember his parents’ interest in TLP at a time when things on the moon were not supposed to be ‘transient’.

 

 

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This image from LRO shows the spacecraft’s first look at the Apollo 12 landing site. The Intrepid lunar module descent stage, experiment package (ALSEP) and Surveyor 3 spacecraft are all visible. Astronaut footpaths are marked with unlabeled arrows. This image is 824 meters (about 900 yards) wide. The top of the image faces North. Credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center/Arizona State University

The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter: Why Reconnaissance? It is intended to map the moon in order to make decisions about future landing sites. When, or whenever, this happens is still an open question. However its orbit has been adjusted from time to time, to orbit as close as 20 kms from the surface so the images have unprecedented detail.

 

Something made these tracks.

The high resolution images and data from this mission gives us more information than ever before about the Earth’s moon. Not least, evidence of life!

 

After the coffee break the usual announcements and members’ activities.

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