Orwell Astronomical Society to mark 50th anniversary with convention at University of Suffolk

The Orwell Park school observatory is often used by the society. Picture: DAVID MURTON

The Orwell Park school observatory is often used by the society. Picture: DAVID MURTON - Credit: contributed

The Orwell Astronomical Society will be holding a special convention at the University of Suffolk this month to celebrate its 50th anniversary.

Orwell Astronomical Society Ipswich members Mike Mahoney, Alan Smith and Matthew Leeks. Picture: SU

Orwell Astronomical Society Ipswich members Mike Mahoney, Alan Smith and Matthew Leeks. Picture: SU ANDERSON - Credit: Su Anderson

The convention will be held at the university’s Waterfront building from 9am-6pm on Saturday, July 29, and will celebrate the work and history of the society since its formation in 1967.

The event will feature trade stands, stalls from a host of local and national societies, as well as an exhibition of pictures and a series of guest speakers.

Among those presenting lectures will be physicist Dr John Mason on the future of Mars landings, Nik Szymanek on how to take images of deep sky objects and space industry engineer Nick James who will discuss comets.

General admission is free and open to all, although a small charge will be made to attend any of the talks.

For information and tickets visit the society’s website here.


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