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The February edition of The Society for the History of Astronomy's e-News is now out: https://societyforthehistoryofastronomy.files.wordpress.com/2016/07/sha-enews-2017-01.pdf
Some really interesting stuff in there about the Mary Blagg exhibition in Cheadle, our hunt for blue plaques relating to astronomers, the trip to the Paris Observatory, SHA Library news, new books on the history of astronomy, and more.
The SHA's Spring Conference is in April in Cambridge, more information here: https://societyforthehistoryofastronomy.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/sha-spring-con-april-2017.pdf
The meeting this Thursday, February 2nd, is a talk by Dr Dan Brown from Nottingham Trent University; Dan will be talking about "passage graves - 6,000 year old telescopes without lenses".
Venue location can be found on the Society website: http://nottinghamastro.org.uk/
Doors open at 7:30pm for tea and coffee and the talk will commence at 8pm.
[Image from: https://www.ras.org.uk/…/2880-a-6-000-year-old-telescope-wi…]
By Cinco Sauces
Just a reminder of potential interest: Charles Messier was born on 26 June 1730 (in Badonviller, Meurthe-et-Moselle, Lorraine, France). Accordingly, this next Sunday is Monsieur Messier's 286th anniversary. Perhaps some of us want to remember him in some special way? Having a look at one or more of the objects he cataloged? For my part it will be just thinking and reading, as the sky is too bright to observe anything. Cheers and Happy Birthday Charles!