URGENT NOTICE Closure of Observatory

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Following this afternoon's Government announcement regarding the Covid-19 Coronavirus pandemic advising everyone to avoid unnecessary social contact, Sherwood Observatory will be closed until further notice.

All members meetings, group visits and our astronomy course are cancelled. The relevant coordinators will be contacting course attendees and groups yet to visit to offer refunds or to rearrange for a future date. The committee are investigating the possibility of organising member presentations via the internet and will be in touch with members via email in due course.

We trust that all our visitors and members will understand the need for such action and wish you all the best in these trying times. Be safe and be well.


March Newsletter

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The March edition of our society monthly newsletter, Event Horizon, has now been completed. You may access it here:

 Newsletter 155.

Our members can also access all previous editions by logging into the Members area of the website and going to the Archives section.

Journal Article

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You may be interested in reading the following article by Mark Greener, about medicine development through micro-gravity research, which has recently been published by Prescriber, a leading journal for healthcare professionals: 

Drug discovery and development: the final frontier

The article references many sources including three from MSAS member, Dr Martin Braddock, and Martin is also quoted may times in the article. Martin is very active in the scientific community, with a career in both academia and pharmaceutical industry, and is also a STEM Ambassador.  You can read some of Martin's own articles on our Members Articles page.

BBC Sky at Night Magazine

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In the March edition of BBC Sky at Night Magazine, our Planetarium Planning Manager, Dr Steve Wallace, has written an article about the current state of our plans to build a Science Discovery Centre and Planetarium. You can read a copy of the article here:

 Field of View: Our Planetarium Plans

If you would like further information about this exciting project, or would like to offer assistance, please contact Steve at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

If you would like to contribute to our current fundraising drive for the project, please visit: givi.ng/rbl3,


Planetarium Project

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We’re raising money to build a Planetarium on the land next to our Observatory so that we can expand and enhance our astronomy education outreach activities.

If you do any shopping online and would like to help us raise some funds, at no cost to yourself, please register to support us at Easyfundraising. For information about how Easyfundraising works, watch this Youtube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sn2dsQGAe_w

If you want to get involved, follow this link: http://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/invite/PJMHKU/, create an account and choose “Sherwood Observatory Planetarium” as the Cause to support, and we’ll get an extra £1 donated to the fund when you make your first Easyfundraising purchase.

Also, if you're searching the internet, why not use Easysearch instead of your usual search engine and every result clicked will earn half a penny for our fund. It might not sound like much, but think of how many times you search the internet each day...all those halfpennies soon mount up. This is the Easysearch link: http://sherwoodobserv.easysearch.org.uk/