We make every effort to keep the programme up-to-date and accurate.  However changes can happen at short notice and updates rely on the kind donation of time by Society members.  If you see an error please let us know.

Basic members are welcome to attend lectures but will be charged a small fee.

May
24
Tue
NLC Season start
May 24 – Jul 21 all-day

Between  Tuesday the 24th of May until approx Thursday the 24 of July

Noctilucent Cloud (NLC) could start to appear in the NW sky 90-120 minuets after sunset

or 90-120 minuets before sunrise in the NE sky

these dates may vary a little dependent on current solar activity

 NLC have  a typical colour range of electric blue to silver

and are normally at an altitude of 250,000-280,000 feet

May
26
Thu
What really killed the dinosaurs?
May 26 @ 7:45 pm – 9:45 pm

Dr John Mason BAA

Tonight John will be talking to us about

What really killed the dinosaurs ?

May
27
Fri
The Moon & Venus
May 27 @ 4:15 am – 5:00 am

In the pre Sunrise sky of Friday the 27th of May

from approx 04.15 hrs to 05.00 hrs along the eastern horizon

a 10% lit waning crescent Moon will be 1.1° below the planet Venus

This event will be visible for approx 45 minuets as the Sun stats to rise

if you plan to observe / image this event remember to dress for the conditions

May
29
Sun
Jupiter & Mars
May 29 @ 3:00 am – 4:30 am

In the pre dawn sky of Sunday the 29th of May

from approx 03.00 hrs to 04.30 hrs  along the E -SE horizon

Mag -2.1 Jupiter &  Mag +0.9 Mars will appear to be 0.6° apart

if you plan to observe / image this event remember to dress for the conditions

Jun
1
Wed
Jupiter & Mars
Jun 1 @ 3:30 am – 4:30 am

In the early hours of Wednesday the 1st of June

 along the E – SE horizon

Mag -2.1  Jupiter will be 1.6° from Mag +0.7 Mars

this event would be best between 03.30 – 04.30 hrs

giving both planets time to climb to a reasonable altitude

& before the encroaching sunlight obscures both planets

the planet Venus should also be visible below & to the left of this event from approx 04.00 hrs

if you plan to observe / image this event remember to dress for the conditions

 

Jun
2
Thu
Near Earth Objects and the DART program
Jun 2 @ 7:45 pm – 9:45 pm

Dr Nick Moskovitz Lowell Observatory

will be talking to us via zoom about

Near Earth Objects and the Double, Asteroid, Redirection, Test (DART) program

This is an extra lecture compliments of fellow member Mr Richard Bonner

 

Jun
26
Sun
The Moon & Venus
Jun 26 @ 6:15 am – 8:00 am

In the early hours of Sunday the 26th of June along the NE horizon

from approx 06.15 hrs the planet Venus will be 1.9° from a 7% lit waning crescent Moon

and by approx 08.00 hrs Venus will be 3° from the Moon

if you plan to observe / image this event remember to dress for the  conditions

Jun
27
Mon
Mercury & the Moon
Jun 27 @ 4:00 am – 4:30 am

From approx 04.00 to 04.30 hrs on the morning of Monday the 27th of June

low along the NE – E horizon

the planet Mercury will be 3.3° – 4° to the South of a 3% lit waning crescent Moon

the planet Venus will also be above & to the right of this event

there is a short window of opportunity as  increasing level of sunlight will obscure mercury

if you do plan to observe / image this event remember to dress for the conditions

Aug
7
Sun
Solar Observing at Hall Place & Gardens
Aug 7 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

On Sunday the 7th of August from 11.00-15.00hrs

Members of the Society will be at Hall Place & Gardens

to offer safe views of our nearest visible star the Sun

Please note this event is weather dependent

Aug
20
Sat
Solar Observing at hall Place & Gardens
Aug 20 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

On Sunday the 20th of August from 11.00-15.00hrs

Members of the Society will be at Hall Place & Gardens

to offer safe views of our nearest visible star the Sun

Please note this event is weather dependent