So here we are now almost at the end of January, well into 2017.
Personally it’s been a great start to 2017.
On the 15th of January, we saw the unveiling of the Blue Plaque in The Crescent, Bedford.
This is to note the site of the location of Admiral William Henry Smyth’s observatory, established in 1827. His son, of course, being Piazzi Smyth, the Astronomer Royal for Scotland for many years and an old boy of Bedford School where Bedford Astronomical Society meet. Gathered at the house by invitation of the current occupiers, Shaun and Anne Atkins, where we were treated with nibbled and a tipple or two. The official unveiling of the plaque, and smashing of the bottle, was carried out very deftly by the local MP Richard Fuller.
This leads me very nicely onto the celebration of 30 years of Bedford Astronomical Society, which I founded in 1987.
I have made many friends from the club and it is still going strong and still full of companionable members.
We held the 30th Anniversary Celebration Meal on the 20th of January. A lovely evening catching up with people and Honorary Member John Fletcher giving us a riveting talk on progress with the James Webb Space Telescope. He was Project Manager for one of the imaging cameras before retiring.
Speaking of Honorary Members, I was shocked and surprised to be awarded an Honorary Membership on the night. Thank you to all the Committee and all the members who have all made many warm memories from my membership of BAS and have definitely helped me to develop my astronomy much further than I would have done without their support and inspiration.
I was re-presented with the certificate at the next BAS meeting in front of the membership from Professor Andrew Norton who gave us a great talk on X-Ray sources and the probes used to detect them. Both images of the certificate presentation by Peter Truscott.
Here’s to another extremely successful 30 years for BAS.