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Apollo 15 ‘The wonder of the unknown at Hadley Apennine’

Posted by on Sep 29, 2018 in Main |

Society secretary Dominic Curran, welcomes Mr Peter Rea to Keighley Astronomical Society. The guest speaker at the September society meeting was Mr Peter Rea from Cleethorps and district astronomical society. His visually stunning presentation was the Apollo 15 mission to the Moon in July and August 1971. He explained that this was the first of the three...

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The October Night Sky

Posted by on Sep 19, 2018 in Main |

The glories of October’s night sky can at best be described as ‘Subtle’. The dull autumn constellations are already being challenged by the brilliant lights of winter. Spearheaded by the beautiful star cluster of the Pleiades. Ursa Major, or the Plough, is to all intents and purposes at its lowest in the North. The ‘W’ of Cassiopeia is not far...

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THE SEPTEMBER NIGHT SKY

Posted by on Aug 28, 2018 in Constellation Of the Month |

The summer’s brilliant pageant of planets is now tarnishing, as Venus exits the stage and Mars continues to fade. This month the nights become longer and we move towards unsettled weather. The autumn constellations are starting to show. Ursa Major, or the Plough, can be found low in the North. The ‘W’ of Cassiopeia is not far from the overhead...

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The August Night Sky

Posted by on Jul 29, 2018 in Main |

August can be a spectacular month so far as the night sky is concerned. A picturesque parade of planets stretches across the southern sky in the early evening. From beautiful Venus in the west, through giant Jupiter and duller Saturn to the glorious red planet Mars. We also have one of the main meteor showers of the year, the Perseids. The Plough lies...

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Thomas Cooke, The telescope maker of York

Posted by on Jun 30, 2018 in Main |

The only known image of Thomas Cooke The members Keighley astronomical society who attended the June monthly meeting learnt about Thomas Cooke. The man from East Yorkshire who by the end of his life, in 1868, he had put Britain at the forefront of optical engineering in Europe. The guest speaker was Mr Martin Lunn OBE, FRAS. Who researched the life and...

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