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Leviathan The telescope that Shipley and Heaton bought

Posted by on Dec 1, 2021 in Main |

The guest speaker at the November meeting of Keighley Astronomical society was Mr Derek Barker from Bradford University of the 3rd Age. His talk was titled Leviathan The telescope that Shipley and Heaton bought (The 3rd Earl of Rosse and the Great telescope at Birr) Mr barker commenced his presentation with a short history of the field family of...

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The December night sky

Posted by on Nov 27, 2021 in Main |

To end 2021 there is a parade of planets after sunset and an impressive display of shooting stars, as well as the brilliant winter constellations. The Plough is now standing on its handle in the north. Capella, the bright yellow star, is not yet at the overhead point but it is very high up and cannot be missed. The twins of Gemini, Castor and Pollux, are...

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‘Art and Astronomy’

Posted by on Nov 1, 2021 in Main |

The guest speaker at the October meeting of Keighley Astronomical Society was Mr Peter Reynolds from neighbouring Bradford Astronomical Society. Mr Reynolds opened his presentation with favourite painting of his. A Philosopher Giving that Lecture on an Orrery, in which a Lamp is put in the centre in the Place of the Sun The artist Joseph Wright first...

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The November Night sky

Posted by on Oct 19, 2021 in Main |

The Milky Way rises overhead on these dark November nights, providing a stunning inside perspective on the huge Galaxy that is our home in the cosmos. After your eyes have adjusted to the dark you should be able to see that it’s spangled with fuzzy glowing diadems. Better still, sweep the band of the Milky Way with binoculars or a small telescope, and...

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The October night sky

Posted by on Sep 29, 2021 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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