Posted by: lensweb | December 10, 2011

Astrobiology Talk at TLES

Dr Lewis Dartnell will be coming to the Long Eaton School on Wednesday, January 18th 2012, to give a talk on the subject of Astrobiology – the hunt for alien life. Astrobiology is a brand new field of science, encompassing research into the origins and limits of life on our own planet, and where life might exist beyond the Earth [continue reading]. The talk is part of a series of forthcoming Astronomy events at the school, for students, parents and members of the wider learning community. Further details of these events and how to book can be found here.

The Malcolm Parry Observatory 52° 53′ 30″ N, 1° 16′ 53″ W

The Long Eaton School became an Academy in April 2011, and during the same year began work on a new build which will include an observatory, scheduled for completion early 2012. Named in honour of a former Chair of Govenors, the observatory will house a 16-inch reflector telescope and a Hydrogen-Alpha solarscope, together with imaging hardware and software. It will be possible to broadcast captured images electronically within the school’s local area network and externally via the internet. Funding for the Observatory dome, and astronomical equipment, has been supported by successful grant applications to the Wolfson Foundation and the Royal Society.[source]

LENS chairman Alan Heath has been a keen amateur  astronomer in Long Eaton for many years, and I am sure like many of us wishes he was back at school to experience these incredibly exciting resources as part of the curriculum.


  1. Members of the Long Eaton Natural History Society would be extremely welcome at Dr Dartnell’s lecture, which will begin at 6.30pm on Wednesday, January 18th 2012. There will also be an opportunity afterwards to tour the school’s new observatory, and hopefully to use the main telescope, weather permitting. To book a place, please email us using
    Neil Calvert, Headteacher

    • Thank you so much for the personal invite, Neil. We are holding a social event tomorrow and this news will be icing on the cake for us. It is also very refreshing to receive news of positive, forward thinking events and projects in these times of uncertainty.

      David Gell
      Long Eaton Natural History Society


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