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The promise of Gravitational-wave astronomy

Posted by on Jan 31, 2018 in Main |

  It was a packed church hall at the January meeting of Keighley astronomical society. The guest speaker was Dr Sue Bowler from the school of astronomy at the university of leeds. The presentation was titled ‘The promise of Gravitational-wave astronomy’. This emerging branch of astronomy uses gravitational waves (minute distortions of spacetime...

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The February night Sky

Posted by on Jan 23, 2018 in Main |

There are the first signs of spring in this month’s night sky even though the winter constellations are clearly on display.   The Plough is now higher in the north east, with its handle pointing in the general direction of the horizon. If you follow the curve of the handle you will come to a bright orange star low in the sky. This is Arcturus in the...

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The January Night Sky

Posted by on Dec 30, 2017 in Main |

  The New Year kicks off with a dazzling supermoon, on the night of the 1st into the morning of the 2nd. If you want to see premier league stars strutting their stuff, then January is the month, with the brightest stars and most conspicuous constellations all in the sky.   Look north-west and the first group you will notice will be Ursa...

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Astronomy at Craven College

Posted by on Dec 16, 2017 in Main |

  Wednesday 13th December 2017, saw the final module of the five week ‘Introduction to Astronomy course’, The course was based at Skipton’s Craven Collage. The students learnt much about the wonders of the night sky.   Week one was a general introduction to help the students to get started and make sense of the history of human...

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The Rosse Telescope and the Shipley connection

Posted by on Dec 8, 2017 in Main |

  The guest speaker at the December monthly meeting of Keighley Astronomical society was Mr Keith Berrington. His presentation was entitled. “The Rosse Telescope and the Shipley connection”.   Mr Berrington explained that for over a century, astronomers have raced to build telescopes with larger and larger apertures precisely so that they...

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