The June society meeting was a presentation by society Chairman Paul Neaves. Paul highlighted the prominent constellations, Scorpio the Scorpion, and its main star Antares: often called the ‘Rival of Mars’ because of its colour. The Plough now westward of the overhead point but still very high up. Cassiopeia rising in the east. The ‘Summer Triangle’ star pattern made up of Altair, Deneb and Vega. The prominent stars of Arcturus in Bootes in the south, Spica in Virgo and Regulus in Leo.
Other items in the summer night sky such as Noctilucent Cloud, where explained, and when to observe the annual Perseid meteor shower on the night of 12th August.
Venus still very easily seen in the west after sunset, was the in depth topic of the second half Paul’s presentation.