Come and see rare astronomical event
A TRANSIT of Venus across the face of the sun is one of the rarest of astronomical events. One occurred in 2004, and was excellently seen from the UK. There will be another on the morning of Wednesday, June 6. After that, no more transits of Venus will be visible from anywhere in the world until 2117.
The transit of June 6 will be visible from London for only an hour after dawn, from 4.55am to 5.55am, and will be seen, if clear, from viewing points with a good low north-eastern horizon.
The Ruislip-based West of London Astronomical Society has arranged a free public observing event, where anyone is welcome to witness this unique astronomical phenomenon. Special filtered telescopes will be available for viewing the transit, and members of the society will explain what is going on. If it is clear, it will be possible to see the black silhouette of Venus progressing gradually across the brilliant solar disc, not to return for more than a century.
The event is at Hillingdon Athletics Stadium, Gatting Way, Uxbridge UB8 1ES, from 4.30-6am on June 6. There are excellent views to the north-east, and car parking is available. There will be no charge.
If you cannot attend and wish to see the transit, you must use the correct methods. On no account should the sun be viewed through binoculars, telescopes or cameras without correct filtration. The transit can, however, be safely viewed by using binoculars or a telescope to project an image of the sun on to a white surface.
For more information, call David Arditti on 020 8204 3999 or 07866 456 390.
West of London Astronomical Society
Help us buy special cap for Frankie
MY NEPHEW Frankie has plagiocephaly – also known as flat head syndrome – and it was too late to try and naturally correct the condition when he was smaller.
Therefore we need to raise money to provide a cap that will reshape his head.
My gorgeous sister has organised a family fun day on Tuesday, June 7, at the Battle of Britain Club in Hillingdon Road, Uxbridge.
The day is to help fund a helmet for Frankie and raise money for the charity Headstart4Children, which helps families with children who have the same condition.
The NHS does not help with the condition and a lot of families are in the same boat and cannot afford the relevant medical help.
It will be great to see you all there. Entry costs just £2 for the whole family, and it will be a great day out with bouncy castles, DJ, fun games and prizes. We are also looking for people to donate items for the raffles.
If any local businesses would like to get involved and help, they can call my sister, Lauren Hockley, on 07904 457 094.
Thank you for a fantastic party
THROUGH the Gazette, I would like to thank all the people who put on a fantastic party for us senior citizens at the Uxbridge Community Centre on Saturday to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
The food and entertainment was outstanding. Thank you all for all the hard work you must have done to make it such a memorable occasion.
Day centre land for the speculators?
HOW nice of our caring Hillingdon Council to shut down day centres throughout the borough.
Could it be that they are running out of profitable land to sell off to speculators?