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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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Planetary Atmospheres

Posted by on Apr 9, 2019 in Main |

Every time you take a breath of fresh air, it’s easy to forget you can safely do so because of Earth’s atmosphere. Guest speaker Mr Keith Berrington presented to another packed monthly meeting his lecture on ‘Planetary Atmospheres’. Mr Berrington explained that life on Earth could not exist without that protective cover that keeps us warm, allows us...

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The April night Sky

Posted by on Apr 9, 2019 in Main |

This month sees the seasonal change from winter constellations to spring constellations is more or less complete. The Plough is practically overhead, with the ‘W’ of Cassiopeia is at its lowest. The stars Vega and Deneb, which form two thirds of the summer triangle, are rising in the northeast although they have yet to become prominent. The main spring...

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