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Skies dim for UK astronomers :-(

Posted: Sun Jan 27, 2008 10:08 am
by Hampshire Astronomer

Posted: Sun Jan 27, 2008 10:22 am
by Hampshire Astronomer
Heres a video clip about the news as well

http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediaselector/chec ... am=1&asb=1

Dave

Posted: Sun Jan 27, 2008 4:05 pm
by Jade
NO! This is not allowed :(

Vote here

Posted: Mon Jan 28, 2008 1:09 pm
by gyro
There seems to be a spate of funding cuts recently, affecting the Sciences/arts.......Are the spiralling costs of the London Olympics analogous to a funding Black Hole. I also believe the National Lottery is being misused with a disproportionate amount of money going to Sport.

Full list of affected Astro' projects here :-
http://www.saveastronomy.org.uk/cuts.shtml

Vote against these here:-
http://petitions.pm.gov.uk/Physics-Funding/

Posted: Mon Jan 28, 2008 3:26 pm
by Mike Feist
Will make no difference to us amateur astronmers/stargazers though unlike nasty light pollution and damned awful clouds clouds clouds.
MF

Posted: Tue Jan 29, 2008 12:17 am
by KendalAstronomer
Except those of us who happen to be finishing their studies and applying for STFC jobs in the near future...

Outreach events are also to be slashed by this round of cuts, so feweer open days and events at professional institutions for people to look around, fewer programs, leaflets, speakers and books to promote astronomy and bring people into the various astronomical societies. Things like the Liverpool telescope and other robotic scopes, which are used to promote astronomy in schools are also under threat. In the marketplace of hobbies, we just lost another billboard or three.

Posted: Tue Jan 29, 2008 7:26 pm
by Hampshire Astronomer
More news on the impacts the funding cut will have

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/7213917.stm

This really is a sad day for the UK....we are now going to fall so far behind everyone else its unbelievable :-(

Dave

Posted: Tue Feb 12, 2008 8:41 pm
by mark_smith
Sounds Like Good news :)

For this year anyway

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/7240840.stm

Mark

Posted: Tue Feb 12, 2008 8:56 pm
by Hampshire Astronomer
Thats excellent news :-)

Hopefully it wont be shortlived and the UK will continue to be a part of Gemini :-)

Dave

Posted: Tue Feb 12, 2008 11:09 pm
by KendalAstronomer
Yep, this is good as far as it goes. Access to both Gemini North and South has been reinstated, which STFC still intends to cut down to North only, meaning their battle, if they continue it, will rage on in the summer, but at least there's some grace period now for UK observations that had already been planned.