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The August night sky

Posted by on Jul 22, 2022 in Main |

Although the nights are still short they are slowly lengthening. Sadly one of the best annual displays of shooting starts on the 12th of August the Perseid meteor shower; One of the most reliable displays of shooting stars will be washed out by light pollution from the full sturgeon Supermoon. The last supermoon of this year. This month we have a return...

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‘Challenges and Opportunities for Agriculture and Human Health with Lunar soil’

Posted by on Jun 28, 2022 in Main |

The July meeting of Keighley Astronomical society took place on Thursday 23rd. The guest speaker was Dr Martin Braddock from the Sherwood Observatory group in Nottinghamshire. Dr Braddock had previously visited us but his long awaited returned was delayed due to the covid pandemic. In his introduction to the society members present he outlined his role...

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The July Night Sky

Posted by on Jun 28, 2022 in Main |

The first few nights of July continues the opportunity to see an unusual planetary configuration with all 5 bright planets lying in order from the sun in the morning south eastern sky. First, Mercury hugs the morning horizon, then brilliant Venus, followed by red Mars, bright Jupiter and finally, Saturn. Don’t forget a 6th planet, the one you are...

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Apollo 16, into the Highlands at Descartes – Cayley

Posted by on Jun 1, 2022 in Main |

The guest speaker at the May monthly meeting of Keighley Astronomical society was Mr Peter Rea (FRAS) from Cleethorpes and district astronomical society. The title of his stunning presentation was ‘Apollo 16, into the Highlands at Descartes – Cayley’. The lunar mission personnel were:- Commander John Young, Command...

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The June night sky

Posted by on May 30, 2022 in Main |

This is the mid point of the year and June brings our summer solstice on the 21st of this month. This time of year the night sky is never quite getting dark. 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...

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Antipodean Astronomy

Posted by on May 16, 2022 in Main |

Society secretary Dominic Curran delivered a presentation of the contribution from Australia in the fields of Astronomy and space exploration, at the April monthly meeting of the society. The starting point was how the first nation peoples in Australia viewed and understood the night sky. He explained that their culture was rich in legends about the world...

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