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The April night sky

Posted by on Mar 21, 2017 in Main |

  By April the seasonal change from winter constellations to spring constellations is more or less complete.   The Plough is practically overhead, with the ‘W’ of Cassiopeia is at its lowest. The stars Vega and Deneb which form two thirds of the summer triangle are rising in the northeast although they have yet to become prominent.   The...

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Improving Astronomers

Posted by on Mar 16, 2017 in Main |

Six students completed the five week ‘Improvers’ Astronomy course conducted by Keighley Astronomical society at the Craven College, Skipton, on Wednesday 15th March 2017. The students looked at the properties of stars at different stages of their evolution; how they form, what happens to them as they age, and what becomes of them when they die....

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The March night sky

Posted by on Feb 25, 2017 in Main |

  Now it is time to welcome March and hopefully spring. The March equinox on the 20th or 21st marks the astronomical beginning of spring in the northern hemisphere and the beginning of autumn in the southern hemisphere.   Leo on is in the southern sky at around about 11pm. Orion and Taurus are starting to move out of the sky, and with Leo being...

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The Lost Apollos

Posted by on Feb 25, 2017 in Main |

The aim of the Apollo programme was to land the first person on the Moon. However, when the program was announced, in 1961, only two people had actually been in space. Scientists were faced with a daunting task – to construct a rocket powerful enough to reach the Moon and a spacecraft that could travel there and back. Mr Frank Rouke from Salford...

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