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A close encounter with the Moon

Posted by on Jul 14, 2019 in Main |

Museum of the Moon is a touring artwork by UK artist Luke Jerram. Society secretary Dominic Curran visited St Wilfreds church, Harrogate on Friday 12th July 2019, where it was in display As part of the Harrogate international festival. Measuring seven metres in diameter, the moon features 120dpi detailed NASA imagery of the lunar surface. At an approximate...

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Dark matter and dark energy and the formation of the Universe

Posted by on Jun 30, 2019 in Main |

The subject matter of the lecture at the June society meeting was not a light matter. ‘Dark matter and dark energy and the formation of the universe’, was the title of the presentation given by Dr Martin Braddock from Mansfield and Sutton astronomical society. At a packed lecture hall Dr Braddock introduced his presentation with the history of the study...

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The July night sky

Posted by on Jun 24, 2019 in Main |

As we move into high summer, the sun turns southwards, our nights begin to lengthen and the moonless spell later in the month brings many of us our first dark skies of the summer. The Plough is in the north west as the Summer Triangle reaches the high meridian. Formed by the bright stars Vega, Altair and Deneb, in the constellations Lyra, Aquila and Cygnus...

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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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