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The January night Sky

Posted by on Dec 29, 2019 in Main |

The New Year begins with a cornucopia of celestial sights, from colourful shooting stars to a glorious Evening star. A bevy of brilliant stars, Bettlegeuse and Rigel in Orion. Aldebaran, the bright red eye of Taurus. Capella crowning Auriga. Caster and Pollux, the celestial twins in Gemini, and glorious Sirius in Canis Major. As for the star patterns,...

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Exploring Mars

Posted by on Dec 15, 2019 in Main |

The exploration of the planet Mars was the subject matter of Mr Rod Hines presentation at the December meeting of Keighley astronomical society. Mr Hine started his presentation with some of the earliest known depictions of the Martian surface. During the 1877 opposition, Italian astronomer Giovanni Schiaparelli used a 22 cm (8.7 in) telescope to help...

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Astronomy Scrapbook

Posted by on Dec 15, 2019 in Main |

Mr Brian Jones. Is the current author of the Astronomy yearbook . It was previously collated by Patrick Moore. Mr Jones was the guest presenter at the November society meeting, with another instalment of his ‘Astronomy Scrapbook’. His mixture of small unrelated astronomical subjects. The title of the presentation came from American astronomer...

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The December night sky

Posted by on Nov 30, 2019 in Main |

This month heralds the beginning of winter; the cold and dark months which might not be to everyone’s taste, but they are what astronomers like best. There is more time to go stargazing! We have a ‘Christmas Star’ this year. Glorious Venus, swinging round the Sun into the evening sky. Not forgetting the regular brilliant constellations of winter. All...

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Halloween star party

Posted by on Nov 12, 2019 in Main |

A few images of the evening event at Cliffe Castle, Keighley on Thursday 31st October 2019. There had been space themed activities for children running throughout the day. including planetarium shows. When the dark drew in It was two excellent presentations by Mr Brian Jones and Mr Peter Collins. There were members of Bradford Astronomical society...

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The November night sky

Posted by on Oct 26, 2019 in Main |

On the 11th of this month, there will a rare occurrence as Mercury crosses the face of the Sun. The transit will mainly take place during daylight hours beginning at 12.35pm. It will behalf way across at 3.20pm so it will still be in transit as the sunsets around 4.30pm. Mercury will look like a small sharp blob, unlike the fuzzy blur of a sunspot. When I...

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