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The May Night Sky

Posted by on Apr 29, 2017 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...

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John Goodricke and Edward Pigott, ‘The fathers of variable star astronomy’

Posted by on Apr 29, 2017 in Main |

Mr Martin Lunn OBE, FRAS was the guest speaker at this months meeting of Keighley astronomical society. Mr Lunn is the founder an operator of neighbours Earby astronomical society. One of Mr Lunn’s previous posts has been the astronomer in residence at the York museum. His presentation was on the collaborative work carried out at York between two...

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The Yearbook of Astronomy 2017 with Mr Brian Jones

Posted by on Apr 29, 2017 in Main |

  Mr Brian Jones opened the April meeting of Keighley astronomical society. Mr Jones founded neighbours Bradford Astronomical Society many years ago. He has had several books and many articles published over the years. He visited us to promote the 2017 Yearbook of Astronomy. In cooperation with Richard Pearson FRAS He has produced this long running...

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The world’s largest stone sundial

Posted by on Apr 20, 2017 in Main |

  Society members Debbie Spurr and Neville Whittingham have just returned from a trip to India where they visited Jantar Mantar in Jaipur, It was a fascinating place, they commented. “We would had enjoyed it more had it not been 42 degrees so we were wilting in the heat”. The Jantar Mantar monument in Jaipur, Rajasthan is a...

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The Life of Stephen Hawking

Posted by on Mar 27, 2017 in Main |

Mr John Oldfield from Bradford Astronomical society was the guest speaker at the March monthly meeting of Keighley Astronomical society   Mr Oldfield covered both the personal life and struggles of Prof Hawking and his professional discoveries in the study of cosmology and understanding of the wider universe. In the mid 1960’s he studied...

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The April night sky

Posted by on Mar 21, 2017 in Main |

  By April 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...

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