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Planetary Atmospheres

Posted by on Apr 9, 2019 in Main |

Every time you take a breath of fresh air, it’s easy to forget you can safely do so because of Earth’s atmosphere. Guest speaker Mr Keith Berrington presented to another packed monthly meeting his lecture on ‘Planetary Atmospheres’. Mr Berrington explained that life on Earth could not exist without that protective cover that keeps us warm, allows us...

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The April night Sky

Posted by on Apr 9, 2019 in Main |

This month sees 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 main spring...

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The Battle for Galaxies

Posted by on Mar 4, 2019 in Main |

It was a welcome return to Keighley astronomical society by Mr Rod Hine from neighbours Bradford astronomical society. The title of his presentation was “The Battle of Galaxies”, which revolved around what became to be called ‘The great debate’. Mr Hine opened his presentation by reminding members that many different nebulae were well known to...

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The March night Sky

Posted by on Feb 24, 2019 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 31st of March when British summer times stars and it will be around 8 pm before it becomes dark. March will be the best month this...

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The February night sky

Posted by on Jan 27, 2019 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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Astronomy Scrapbook

Posted by on Jan 25, 2019 in Main |

Astronomy Scrapbook was the title of the presentation given Mt Mr Brian Jones at the first society meeting of 2019. It was mixture of small unrelated astronomical subjects. That Mr Jones had collated together. The title of the presentation came from American astronomer Joseph Ashbrooke. He received a doctorate from Harvard University in 1947 and taught at...

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