Welcome to the West Midlands branch of the Federation of Astronomical Societies

WeMFAS is made up of the the astronomical societies listed below. Follow the link provided to visit the web site of the participating Society.

For further information about WeMFAS telephone the Secretary Andy Salmon on 0121 565 4845.

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Adventure The Gamut of Surprises of Universe

Discovering space is truly interesting and fascinating. In the early 1990s, a certain belief persisted, related to the expansion of the entire Universe. The Universe is occupied with matter and the strong gravitational force attracts and holds all matter together.

In 1998, the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) observations revealed that the Universe was expanding at a slower pace than it is happening today. So it can be noted that the Universal expansion has not been reducing as we expected. Instead, it goes on accelerating even with the gravitational pull. Many theorists came up with various explanations and novel ideas.

Einstein’s theory of gravity contained a version named ‘cosmological constant.’ It explains the existence of a strange energy-fluid that filled the entire space. Einstein’s theory of gravity could be wrong somewhere. A new theory has yet to come across to explain the cosmic acceleration. Theorists are still pondering on the matter and now they have concluded with an entity called dark energy. When it comes to astronomy, it deals with the positional measurements of celestial objects.

The exact knowledge of the positions of the Sun, planets, moon and stars is necessary in the making of calendar. Amateur astronomers have also contributed to a certain extent in this field. They can even discover comets and associated celestial bodies and conduct observations of moving stars.

Connect CommunicationsYou asked to see latest pictures from NASA so please see below

This is actually a feed from the NASA website and will be automatically updated everytime they add a new image.

  • 115 Years of Flight
    on December 17, 2018 at 4:02 pm

    For most of human history, we mortals have dreamed of taking to the skies. Then, 115 years ago on on December 17, 1903, Orville and Wilbur Wright achieved the impossbile. […]

  • Giant Black Hole Powers Cosmic Fountain
    on December 14, 2018 at 3:30 pm

    Before electricity, water fountains worked by relying on gravity to channel water from a higher elevation to a lower one. In space, awesome gaseous fountains have been discovered in the centers of galaxy clusters. […]

  • Astronauts Anne McClain and Serena Auñón-Chancellor Work Aboard the Station
    on December 13, 2018 at 2:38 pm

    NASA astronauts Anne McClain (background) and Serena Auñón-Chancellor are pictured inside the U.S. Destiny laboratory module aboard the International Space Station. […]

  • Spirit of Apollo - 50th Anniversary of Apollo 8 at the Washington National Cathedral
    on December 12, 2018 at 7:21 pm

    The Washington National Cathedral is seen lit up with space imagery prior to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum's Spirit of Apollo event commemorating the 50th anniversary of Apollo 8, Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018 in Washington, DC. […]

  • ICESat-2 Reveals Profile of Ice Sheets
    on December 11, 2018 at 2:09 pm

    Less than three months into its mission, NASA’s Ice, Cloud and land Elevation Satellite-2, or ICESat-2, is already exceeding scientists’ expectations. […]

Latest Communication Satellites (SATCOM)

The WGS constellation applications include providing wideband communications to soldiers, airmen, marines etc. It also help to avail point-to-point connection anytime and anywhere around the world. One of the unique characteristics of WGS is that it can simultaneously support X and Ka (frequencies) band communications and can provide seamless connectivity across these bands.

The communication system is also deployed for military operations. Delta 4 rocket has launched from United Launch Alliance, which carried the seventh satellite to be the part of the Air Force Wideband constellation.

Recent Spaceflight news

A robot landed on a comet in deep space. This is made possible by the European Space Agency. Rosetta pushed the comet lander, named Philae away. The robot was put into the correct path to reach the comet. It took several hours to descent to the comet’s surface. An image of Rosetta was received from Philae and the data regarding the measurement around the comet. Since the comet was far about, five hundred million km away from earth, on the very same day, it was pretty difficult to establish the communication between Rosetta and controllers. It took half-an-hour for the communication.

After say, a few hours, it landed again on the comet. Then before bouncing a second time finally came to rest. The data from Philae’s instruments and photos from Rosetta can be used to determine the exact position where it landed. The orbiter ‘Rosetta’ still continues its revolution around the comet and it will continue to evaluate 67P using its science instruments, at least till December 2015. Scientists can easily monitor how the comet changes from the data collected by the orbiter.

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