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

Dec
1
Tue
Jupiter & Saturn
Dec 1 – Dec 21 all-day

Throughout December from the 1st until the great conjunction on Monday the 21st

Jupiter & Saturn will continue to move closer together in the sky

offering several opportunities to observe / image these two planets

as the distance between them continues to decrease

 

 

Dec
3
Thu
How to search for life in the solar system
Dec 3 @ 7:45 pm – 9:45 pm

Dr Emily Drabek-Maunder from the Royal Observatory Greenwich

Will be talking to us about looking for life in our solar system

this will include Phosphene in the atmosphere of Venus

Joining Details for this talk are the same as usual

Dec
5
Sat
BAA Meeting & Christmas Lecture via webinar
Dec 5 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

On the afternoon of Saturday the 5th of December at 14.00

the BAA will be holding it’s Christmas meeting & Lecture via webinar

14:30 BAA President – Welcome

14:35 Dr Emily Brunsden – “Fantastic Planets and how to find them”

15:35 Sky Notes:

16:00 Close

click on the link below for more details

https://britastro.org/christmas2020

you can click on the link below to join this webinar

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87227046371?pwd=V0srZUthWFhZTzcyVE5YTzEzQnNNdz09

This event is not organised by the Society

Dec
10
Thu
The Goddess & STEVE
Dec 10 @ 7:45 pm – 9:45 pm

The BAA’s Aurora & NLC Section Director Sandra Brantingham

will be talking to us about the Goddess & S.T.E.V.E

(Strong Thermal Emission Velocity Enhancement)

Joining Details for this talk are the same as usual

Dec
12
Sat
Venus & the Moon
Dec 12 @ 6:30 am – 7:30 am

On the morning of Saturday the 12th of December from 06.30 hrs until approx 07.30 hrs

the planet Venus

will be visible below & to the left of a 7° lit waning crescent Moon

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

The earliest Sunset of the year
Dec 12 @ 3:50 pm – 3:50 pm

During the afternoon of Saturday the 12th of December the Sun will set at 15.50 hrs

Dec
13
Sun
Venus & the Moon
Dec 13 @ 6:45 am – 7:30 am

On the morning of Sunday the 13th of December between 06.45 hrs and 07.30 hrs

the planet Venus will be visible above & to the right of an 2° lit waning crescent Moon

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

Dec
14
Mon
A new Moon & the Geminid meteor shower
Dec 14 all-day

At 00.50 hrs  on the morning of Monday the 14th of December

the Geminid meteor shower will reach it’s peak with a predicted

Z.H.R( Zenithal Hourly Rate) of 100+

Later in the day at 16.00 hrs there will be a new Moon

if you plan to image / observe the Geminid’s remember to dress for the conditions

Dec
16
Wed
Jupiter Saturn & the Moon
Dec 16 @ 4:20 pm – 4:20 pm

In the late afternoon / early evening of Wednesday the 16th of December at 16.20 hrs

both Jupiter & Saturn will be above & to the left of a 5% lit waxing crescent Moon

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

Dec
17
Thu
Jupiter Saturn & the Moon
Dec 17 @ 4:20 pm – 4:20 pm

In the late afternoon / early evening of Thursday the 17th of December at 16.20 Hrs

the planets Jupiter & Saturn will be above & to the right of an 11% lit waxing crescent Moon

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