The sky (isn't) the limit for stargazers in Havering
PUBLISHED: 15:00 26 December 2015
As Tim Peake blasted off into space, thousands of people watching at home wondered what he will get up to, while orbiting 220 miles above the earth.
At Havering Astronomical Society, you can find out.
The club, which was founded in 1994, has more than 60 members and regularly holds observing evenings in Weald Country Park, Weald Road, Brentwood.
The society meets every third Wednesday of the month and enjoys talks from a wide range of speakers.
Lectures held this year include discussions on the aurora borealis, radio astronomy and the Rosetta space mission.
The advantage of having so many members means that a wide range of interests are covered, said member Martin Gill.
He said: “I enjoy astrophotography and it’s great to have a place to meet up and take photos with others.
“I’ve always loved astronomy and this is the perfect group for anyone who wants to learn more about it.”
The society also has a junior group, where children and parents can gather each first Thursday of the month to learn more about astronomy.