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The December night sky

Posted by on Nov 17, 2018 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! Brave the winter chills this month and enjoy Comet Wirtanen, as it slowly glides through the night sky. It should be visible to the naked eye throughout the month,...

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The November night sky

Posted by on Oct 28, 2018 in Main |

Take advantage of the moonless nights early this month to observe the most distant objects visible with the unaided eye. Anywhere away from the glare of streetlights, you will see the misty blur of the great Andromeda Galaxy, the nearest large galaxy to us at 2.5 million light years away. Another challenge is to try and find the fainter Triangulum Galaxy....

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Lights in the sky

Posted by on Oct 27, 2018 in Main |

Thursday 25th October 2018 was a return visit by Dr Sue Bowler from the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Leeds. “Lights in the sky” was the title. It was an explanation, with some stunning images of the formation of Aurora. Most auroras occur in a band known as the “auroral zone”, which is typically 3° to 6° wide in...

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Apollo 15 ‘The wonder of the unknown at Hadley Apennine’

Posted by on Sep 29, 2018 in Main |

Society secretary Dominic Curran, welcomes Mr Peter Rea to Keighley Astronomical Society. The guest speaker at the September society meeting was Mr Peter Rea from Cleethorps and district astronomical society. His visually stunning presentation was the Apollo 15 mission to the Moon in July and August 1971. He explained that this was the first of the three...

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The October Night Sky

Posted by on Sep 19, 2018 in Main |

The glories of October’s night sky can at best be described as ‘Subtle’. The dull autumn constellations are already being challenged by the brilliant lights of winter. Spearheaded by the beautiful star cluster of the Pleiades. Ursa Major, or the Plough, is to all intents and purposes at its lowest in the North. The ‘W’ of Cassiopeia is not far...

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THE SEPTEMBER NIGHT SKY

Posted by on Aug 28, 2018 in Constellation Of the Month |

The summer’s brilliant pageant of planets is now tarnishing, as Venus exits the stage and Mars continues to fade. This month the nights become longer and we move towards unsettled weather. The autumn constellations are starting to show. Ursa Major, or the Plough, can be found low in the North. The ‘W’ of Cassiopeia is not far from the overhead...

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