Our Society was founded in the autumn of 1980 - shortly before the Voyager 1 probe first reached Saturn.
Just think how much has happened in the world of astronomy over the following decades!
From the 1990s through into the early years of this century, Society members made a number of weekend trips up to the village of Haverthwaite: a dark site at the southern end of Lake Windermere. These were not often blessed with clear skies, but included “indoor camping” overnight stays in the local village hall.
The TIC also hosted a visit by Professor Colin Pillinger, who spoke about his career in astronomy and particularly his travails to get approval and funding for the Beagle 2 Mars lander project to go on the ESA Mars Express mission in 2003.
In recent years we produced a set of high-quality posters featuring members’ astro-images for mounting exhibitions at venues such as the Mesnes Park Pavilion in Wigan and the Waterstones bookshop on Deansgate in Bolton.
These posters have also been used at some of our recent outreach events, and should be in action again on our stand at the forthcoming North West Astronomy Festival.
Compiled from a 40th anniversary feature published in the September 2020 edition of our magazine The Bolton Astronomer