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The October Night Sky

Posted by on Sep 25, 2017 in Constellation Of the Month |

  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...

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How old is the Universe ?

Posted by on Sep 15, 2017 in Constellation Of the Month |

Mr David Leyshon was the guest speaker at the September 2017 meeting. The subject matter was entitled. ‘How old is the universe’   Mr Leyshon explained that the figure we have currently come to is 13.8 billion years.   In the 18th century, the concept that the age of the Earth was calculated in the millions, if not billions, of years....

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The September Night Sky

Posted by on Aug 11, 2017 in Constellation Of the Month |

  Its’ amazing to think that brilliant Jupiter, which has been a feature of our evening skies all year, will be gone by the end of this month. On the15th of the month the Cassini space probe will crash into Saturn at the end of its mission.   This month the nights become longer and we move towards unsettled weather. The autumn constellations...

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Super Lunar eclipse

Posted by on Sep 29, 2015 in Constellation Of the Month | 0 comments

In the early hours of Monday 28th September, people around the world have observed a rare celestial event, as a lunar eclipse coincided with a so-called “supermoon”. A supermoon occurs when the Moon is in the closest part of its orbit to Earth, meaning it appears larger in the sky. The eclipse – which made the Moon appear red , was...

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Constellation of the Month November : Andromeda

Constellation of the Month November : Andromeda

Posted by on Aug 30, 2013 in Constellation Of the Month | 0 comments

The stars of Andromeda arc up and to the left of the top left star of the square of Pegasus. (Alpheratz or Alpha Andromedae). Alpheratz is included in the square of Pegasus, and was at one time classified in the Pegasus constellation. The reason for its transfer is not clear. Andromeda consists mainly of a line of fairly bright stars extending from the...

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