Hi everyone

Well wasn’t that landing of Perseverance quite an amazing thing to watch. It all seemed so routine as it appeared to go like clockwork with no hitches at all. If you missed it here is the full 2.5hour broadcast but you can fast forward to the 1h 30min mark just before it enters Mars’ atmosphere.
Watch NASA’s Perseverance Rover Land on Mars! – YouTube

We had our own broadcast this past week with our first Beginners Night in the Zoom Room with positive feedback from the attendees. The session was recorded so that they can re-watch the session and go over the material again to reinforce their learning. We will shortly be running another session so if you are a beginner, or just want to understand it a little more before diving in then this might be just right for you. If you wish to review the session then you can do so here. The password is Passcode: %t*Y1HVA. There is about 14mins of preamble before the session starts.

This month we also have held a members only Solar Viewing and BBQ at our new field in Terrey Hills. It is an impressive facility and when it is finally finished it will offer by far the best observing field in the Sydney metropolitan basin. With the rain and wet weather the ground works continued to be delayed and we will probably only be onsite after 30th June.

This month our speaker is Lesa Moore. Lesa holds a Bachelor of Science with Honors and a Masters of Philosophy, both specialising in Astronomy. Her talk on the 7:30pm,16th March general meeting will cover the tracking of date and time using astronomical clocks, as well as reviewing some history or the gregorian calendar and the development of the clock. It should be an interesting session. Zoom links are available on the NSAS webpage here.

I hope you are all keeping well.

Clear Skies
David Stevenson