It is six months since the enlarged (and hopefully improved!) science group moved from its leader’s sitting room to the museum. The museum committee have been very welcoming, lending us their screen and constructing blackout boards for the windows.
We began at the beginning in April by looking at the structure of atoms and the periodic table, something we hadn’t done since the group first formed in 2008.
In May we went geological and talked about the different chemical structures that make gemstones. One member even brought some natural zircon which he had prospected for himself!
June saw us looking at atoms and the periodic table again, this time from the point of view of their original creation in the interiors of stars and in supernovae.
Now we were on an astronomical roll, and in July we looked at some of the lesser known inhabitants of the solar system:
- · Enceladus, an icy moon of Saturn, which spews out water, salt and ice geysers
- · Io, one of Jupiter’s moons, which with over 400 volcanoes is the most geologically active object in the solar system
- · Pluto, which had just been photographed close-up by the New Horizons spacecraft
Space probes featured again in August, as comet 67P and Rosetta were at their closest to the sun. We had a very interesting meeting discussing comets and asteroids in general and Rosetta in particular.
There was a complete change of focus in September, as Bill gave us a very comprehensive introduction to microbiology. He talked about cell structure, microscopes and the habits and lifestyles of bacteria and viruses.
Come October, we plan to find out about metal alloys – brass, bronze, steel, amalgams etc. Do join us if you are interested, but note that the date of the October meeting has been changed from the 21st to the 28thOctober, 7.30 pm in the museum.