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It is with great sadness that we have to announce the sudden passing of one of MKAS' most loved experts and characters, Peter Parish. Peter was one of the earliest members of Mid-Kent Astronomical Association (MKAA) way back in 1977 before it changed it's name to MKAS.

Over many years, Peter thrilled MKAS members with his deep knowledge of all things Astronomical and his incredible enthusiasm to pass on his interests and knowledge to all those around him, not to mention his incredible observers eyesight!

Peter passed away suddenly on 8th December 2020 while working on his latest astronomy project after having been out for a 5 mile walk earlier that day! Peter will be sadly missed by all that knew him and our thoughts and sympathies go out to Peter's wife Val and children Colin and Karen.

We will be holding a Peter Parish Memorial meeting in early 2021, when we will be recounting Peter's many interests and contributions, together with his many exploits with MKAS through anecdotes from the many members that have come to know and love Peter. Details of the Memorial Meeting will be announced soon.

At a special tour of the Natural History Museum Meteorite Collection with host Prof Caroline Smith;
On top of La Palma with the historic Issac Newton Telescope behind


It is with great sadness that we have to announce the passing of another of MKAS' most loved experts and characters, Chris Sherwood.
Chris has been a long-term member of MKAS, including spending many years as a key member of Committee.
Chris will be sadly missed by all that knew him and our thoughts and sympathies go out to Chris's wife Brenda and family.
We will be celebrating Chris' huge contribution to MKAS at a future meeting.

Chris helping out at the Kent County Show
CORONAVIRUS UPDATE
In line with the latest government advice on social distancing, no further meetings will take place in person, at either Bredhurst nor at our Observatory in Canterbury.
We are however offering our meetings virtually, so please watch for updates in the near future.
Thank you for your understanding at this difficult time.
MKAS NEEDS YOUR HELP!
We are looking for a permanent site to house our historic GP20 Telescope, and make use of it.
If you know anybody with some land, or an outbuilding, or perhaps a clubhouse, where we could move the telescope to, and set it up for use, we are keen to speak to you.
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NEXT EVENT:
29th January
Colin Stuart - How to weigh the Universe and Planet X
Virtual presentation by ZOOM
Colin makes a welcome return to MKAS. In this talk Colin explains how we calculate the weight of all the matter in the Universe and also why we think there is another undiscovered planet (Planet X) in our own Solar system.
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