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    The time of year has come to make a decision about the picture on the cover of the 2015 Handbook. It would be great for members to share their views, and here are some ideas:

    A picture of a person whose anniversary it will be, for example:

    2015 is the 100th anniversary of Einstein’s “discovery” of General Relativity, so maybe we ought to have him on the cover.
    2015 is the 50th anniversary of Penzias and Wilson’s discovery of the Cosmic Microwave Background
    2015 is the 85th anniversary of Clyde Tombaugh discovering Pluto in 1930, and in 2015 we shall finally get to see a close up of the minor planet, as the New Horizons probe.

    Suggestions for pictures/photographs of astronomical objects, or artefacts such as telescopes, observatories etc.

    Over to you for ideas.

    Sheridan Williams

    Nick James

    Hi Sheridan,

    I don’t currently have any suggestions for covers but referring to Pluto as a “minor planet” is likely to get the “Pluto is a planet” supporters rather upset. It is officially a “dwarf planet” although, to me, it is just a giant, dormant, comet nucleus…


    David Scanlan, FRAS

    No ideas as such but Mr Tombaugh or pluto would get my vote….after all not only did Pluto change the solar system its declassification from being a planet changed the solar system for a second time and thats never been done in the history of astronomy so marking its 85th anniversary would be justified indeed


    David Scanlan

    Gary Poyner

    It will be 600 years since Agincourt on Oct 25 2015, so I vote for Henry V or a silhouette of an archer drawing a yew bow. Nothing to do with astronomy, but who cares.  No one reading this will be alive for the next centenary, so lets celebrate! Much more interesting than dormant Cometary nuclei anyway 😉


    David Dunn

    What about a montage of the current space probes. They are giving us a new view of the solar system.



    Thank you for all your ideas. Have finally chosen a suitable picture… You’ll have to wait for October to see it!

    Sheridan Williams

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