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Noctilucent clouds

Posted by on Jun 24, 2019 in Main |

These images were taken by society members on Friday 21st June 2019. In the night sky over Yorkshire around 11pm. They are tenuous cloud-like phenomena in the upper atmosphere of Earth. They consist of ice crystals and are only visible during astronomical twilight. Noctilucent roughly means “night shining” in Latin. They are most often observed...

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The June night sky

Posted by on May 25, 2019 in Main |

This is the mid point of the year and the night sky is never quite getting dark, especially in Yorkshire. It’s not the greatest month for spotting faint stars. Only the brightest stars can be seen. You can take advantage of the soft, warm weather to acquaint yourself with the summer constellations of Hercules, Scorpius, Lyra, Cygnus and Aquila. Jupiter...

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Mapping and naming the Moon

Posted by on May 24, 2019 in Main |

Mr Kevin Kilburn FRAS, from Manchester Astronomical Society was the guest speaker at the May monthly meeting of Keighley Astronomical Society. Four centuries of depiction of the lunar surface, confusion and eventual clarification, was the subject matter of his presentation entitled Mapping and naming the Moon. His presentation is based on the work of Ewen...

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India and China – A new Space Race?

Posted by on Apr 27, 2019 in Main |

‘India and China – A new space race ?’ was the title of the Presentation given by Mr Gurbir Singh at the April meeting of Keighley Astronomical society, Mr Singh described how the first tentative steps towards a space programme started in the early 1960s in both countries and initially developed at a similar pace. Today China is way ahead of India...

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The May night sky

Posted by on Apr 22, 2019 in Main |

May is the first month when the constellation of Orion is absent from the night sky altogether, and of the prominent winter stars only Capella in Auriga the Charioteer and Castor and Pollux in Gemini remain above the western horizon. The Plough or Ursa Major (the Great Bear) is still more or less overhead with the pointers pointing to the North Star. The...

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