Monthly Meeting 20 March 2024

Exoplanets and the ExoClock Project

About the Talk

The science of Exoplanets is a relatively new and very exciting area of astronomical research. It is also an area where the amateur astronomer has an important role to play. Scientifically useful observations can be made using relatively modest equipment and the data used to support the successful outcome of ARIEL, a new space based observatory to be launched in 2029.

About this month’s speaker

Martin Crow

Martin Crow is an amateur astronomer who is a member of the British Astronomical Association, a trustee of the Crayford Manor House Astronomical Society Dartford and a member of East Essex Astro.
For a short while he taught the Beginners Astronomy course for Bexley Adult Education at the manor house in Crayford. He has an interest in several areas of astronomy. These include the history of astronomy, solar observing and specifically photometry of variable stars, asteroids and exoplanet transits and their timings.
When clear nights permit, he observes from his home observatory on the edge of the Dengie Marshes, Essex.


Anyone is welcome – beginner or expert – and there is no need to pre-book. A small charge applies to help us cover costs (typically £3 for non-members; £2 for NEAS members; U16s free). Doors open at 7.30pm with the talk starting at 8.00pm.

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20 Mar 2024




Henry Dixon Hall
The Henry Dixon Hall, Henry Dixon Road, Rivenhall End, Essex, CM8 3HR