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‘What is life? …. and would we know it if we saw it?’

Posted by on Feb 27, 2018 in Main |

  The question and answer session with February’s guest speaker was longer than his presentation due to the enthralling subject matter, which kept the audience gripped.   ‘What is life? …. and would we know it if we saw it?’ was the title of the presentation given By Dr Terrance Kee from the school of chemistry at the university of...

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The March Night Sky

Posted by on Feb 27, 2018 in Main |

  If you not a fan of winter then this month will give you a few reasons to celebrate. Spring is on its way. On the 20th we have the vernal equinox. After that date the days become longer than the nights. This is followed on the 25th of March when British summer times stars and it will be around 8 pm before it becomes dark. March will be the...

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The promise of Gravitational-wave astronomy

Posted by on Jan 31, 2018 in Main |

  It was a packed church hall at the January meeting of Keighley astronomical society. The guest speaker was Dr Sue Bowler from the school of astronomy at the university of leeds. The presentation was titled ‘The promise of Gravitational-wave astronomy’. This emerging branch of astronomy uses gravitational waves (minute distortions of spacetime...

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The February night Sky

Posted by on Jan 23, 2018 in Main |

There are the first signs of spring in this month’s night sky even though the winter constellations are clearly on display.   The Plough is now higher in the north east, with its handle pointing in the general direction of the horizon. If you follow the curve of the handle you will come to a bright orange star low in the sky. This is Arcturus in the...

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The January Night Sky

Posted by on Dec 30, 2017 in Main |

  The New Year kicks off with a dazzling supermoon, on the night of the 1st into the morning of the 2nd. If you want to see premier league stars strutting their stuff, then January is the month, with the brightest stars and most conspicuous constellations all in the sky.   Look north-west and the first group you will notice will be Ursa...

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Astronomy at Craven College

Posted by on Dec 16, 2017 in Main |

  Wednesday 13th December 2017, saw the final module of the five week ‘Introduction to Astronomy course’, The course was based at Skipton’s Craven Collage. The students learnt much about the wonders of the night sky.   Week one was a general introduction to help the students to get started and make sense of the history of human...

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