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The January Night Sky

Posted by on Dec 30, 2018 in Main |

The New Year begins with a cornucopia of celestial sights, from colourful shooting stars to a glorious Morning star and an eclipse of the supermoon. A bevy of brilliant stars, Bettlegeuse and Rigel in Orion. Aldebaran, the bright red eye of Taurus. Capella crowning Auriga. Caster and Pollux, the celestial twins in Gemini, and glorious Sirius in Canis...

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The Star of Bethlehem

Posted by on Dec 12, 2018 in Main |

The guest speaker at the Christmas society meeting was our good friend Mr Martin Lunn OBE FRAS, from Earby astronomical society. Having spent many years studying the astronomical explanations and reviewing the associated evidence, Mr Lunn presented a lecture on ‘The Star of Bethlehem’. Astronomical objects or events, which would be of interest to...

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Alfred Fowler – A remarkable man and a remarkable life

Posted by on Nov 25, 2018 in Main |

Cllr Jayne Callaghan is welcomed to Keighley astronomical Society by secretary Dominic Curran It was a very warm welcome that Councillor Jayne Callaghan received as the guest speaker at the November monthly society meeting on Thursday 22nd. Cllr Callaghan has been very prominent in ensuring that the memory and achievements of a remarkable man have been...

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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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