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Ancient Greek astronomy

Posted by on Mar 29, 2024 in Main |

A large number of members attended the March monthly meeting of Keighley Astronomical society held on Thursday 28th. The guest speaker was a return visit from Dr Derek Barker. Dr Barker is an independent researcher who, after retiring from a long career as a doctor in the NHS, graduated in Archaeological Sciences at the University of Bradford. Dr Barker is...

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The April night sky

Posted by on Mar 29, 2024 in Main |

By the end of April, there will be no planets to observe as Jupiter leaves the skies after brilliantly dominating the evening sky for the past eight months. To compensate three bright stars ride high this month, dominating the major constellations of the spring skies. Leading the way is Regulus in Leo, with Virgo’s leading star Spica to the lower left,...

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The March Night sky

Posted by on Feb 23, 2024 in Main |

The March night sky 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 starts and it will be around 8 pm before it becomes dark. The Constellations:- The evening sky is...

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The Battle for Galaxies

Posted by on Feb 23, 2024 in Main |

The guest speaker at the February meeting of Keighley Astronomical society held on Thursday 22nd was the popular Mr Rod Hine from Bradford AS. The subject of his presentation was entitled ‘The Battle for Galaxies’ which Mr Hine went on to explain was to evolve astronomers with strong personalities and big egos arguing about the nature of so-called...

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The Herschel Family

Posted by on Jan 27, 2024 in Main |

The Herschels were pioneers of the systematic classification and investigation of the heavens. William Herschel was one of the first ‘professional’ astronomers, and discovered infrared radiation. His sister Caroline helped him to develop the modern mathematical approach to astronomy. These two remarkable individuals were the subjects of Dr Sue...

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The February Night Sky

Posted by on Jan 21, 2024 in Main |

On February evenings, our sky is filed with more brilliant stars than we can see in any other month. The first signs of spring are now on the way, well as far as the night sky in concerned. The winter star patterns, Orion, Taurus and Gemini, are drifting westward as a result of our annual orbit around the Sun. Leo and Bootes are rising higher in the...

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