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WDAS - Meeting July 9 - Nigel Henbest - Cosmic Quest: From Babylon to the Big Bang
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Friday, 01 June 2018

 Nigel Henbest

 July 9th 2018

Annual General Meeting & Cosmic Quest: From Babylon to the Big Bang'

Speaker: Prof. Nigel Henbest 
( University of Leicester) 

7 - 9 pm. 
Cavendish Road Primary School,
Performing Arts Building


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Reminder of Location

Meeting location: Cavendish Road Primary School in West Didsbury, Manchester M20 1JG.


The Annual General Meeting by the Society Committee, and then follows Nigel's talk.

Welcome to our Sixth 2018 society talk.

The Committee will open the meeting with the AGM.

Nigel is an award-winning science populariser, specialising in astronomy and space. His 38 books and over 1000 articles have been translated into 27 languages, and he has produced over a dozen television documentaries and series.

Nigel will also have some books for sale (signed!), at really good prices. Such as:

  • Story of Astronomy
  • Stargazing 2018
  • Astronomy Bible

Also, if you are attending the Lligwy Observing in September, we need to confirm numbers and deposits to secure the space.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 07 July 2018 )
July 2018 Lunar Eclipse
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Sunday, 01 July 2018

July 27-28 Lunar Eclipse

The July 2018 full moon presents the longest total lunar eclipse of the 21st century (2001 to 2100) on the night of July 27-28, 2018, lasting for a whopping 1 hour and 43 minutes. (In contrast, the previous total lunar eclipse on January 31, 2018, lasted 1 hour and 16 minutes.)

A partial eclipse precedes and follows the century’s longest total lunar eclipse, each time lasting 1 hour and 6 minutes. So, from start to finish, the moon takes nearly 4 hours (3 hours and 55 minutes) to cross the Earth’s dark umbral shadow.

The greatest eclipse (20:22 UTC) takes place at or around midnight for Madagascar and the Middle East. Europe and Africa view the greatest eclipse during the evening hours (sometime between sunset and midnight on July 27), whereas most of Asia, Indonesia and Australia view the greatest eclipse in the morning (sometime between midnight and sunrise on July 28).

Last Updated ( Sunday, 08 July 2018 )
Observing Weekend Lligwy September 2018
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Sunday, 01 July 2018

Observing Weekend September 2018

WDAS have an observing session planned for Friday 14 to Sunday 16 September 2018 on Anglesey.

Contact Jason or Zeinth for further details, via the email "observing.officer" at wdas2.com and we will explain more during the July and September Society meetings.

Please bring your non-refundable deposit of £20 to secure a place for the weekend to either the July or September meeting (or coordinate with Jason or Zeinth to make a payment).

The location is used be other Astronomical Societies so hopefully, we will get some good dark skies and no clouds.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 07 July 2018 )
Welcome to WDAS !
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Sunday, 01 October 2017



West Didsbury Astronomical Society was formed to bring people together who have an interest in Astronomy.

If you are into astronomy and you're in the Manchester (UK) area come and meet other local astronomers.

Everyone is welcome from the complete beginner to the more experienced astronomer.

There are regular meetings during the year and ad hoc observing sessions.

Meetings are usually held on the second Monday of every month - except in August - at:
William Hulme's Grammar School, Spring Bridge Road, Manchester, England M16 8PR
[Click here for detailed directions ]                        Meetings run from 7pm - 9pm.


Last Updated ( Monday, 30 October 2017 )

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