Guildford Astronomical Society

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A New Page on the Website:

A Members’ For-Sale page is available under the ‘Members Only’ menu item. Please note that this is for the use of Members Only. Applications for entries on the For-Sale page must be made through the Webmaster, for details see the Terms and Conditions notes at the foot of the For-Sale page.

Another New Page on the Website:

A Calendar has been included on the website, it can be accessed directly from the main menu options. If you have an event, or series of events, you would like to have added please submit a request to the webmaster. Space on the calendar is of course limited so relevance & availablity will have to be considered.

February Meeting - Dr Matt Taylor

Our next monthly meeting is on Thursday, 11th February 2016 at 7:30pm.

The Rosetta Mission - where are we and what have we done?


Please note that this meeting is on the second Thursday of the month.

The Rosetta Mission is the third cornerstone mission in the ESA programme Horizon 2000. The aim of the mission is to map the comet 67-P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko by remote sensing, to examine its environment in situ and its evolution in the inner solar system. The lander Philae is the first device to land on a comet and perform in situ science on the surface. Nearly 10 years after launch in 2004, on 20th January 2014 at 10:00 UTC the spacecraft woke up from hibernation. Following successful instrument commissioning, Rosetta successfully rendezvoused with the comet. Following an intense period of mapping and characterisation, a landing site for Philae was selected and on 12th November 2014, Philae was successfully deployed. The spacecraft has subsequently escorting the target comet through perihelion and is current moving away from the Sun. This presentation will provide a brief overview of the mission up to date. It is given on behalf of ALL Rosetta mission science, instrument and operations teams.

Dr Matt Taylor

Visitors are most welcome to attend. We charge just £4 per meeting to cover the cost of the room hire.

For more details of the meeting location go to the meetings page.

The Guildford Astronomical Society is a member of the Southern Area Group of Astronomical Societies (SAGAS)

The Guildford Astronomical Society is a member of both the
Southern Area Group of Astronomical Societies (SAGAS)
and the Federation of Astronomical Societies (FAS).

The Guildford Astronomical Society is a member of the Federation of Astronomical Societies (FAS)