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

Jul
9
Thu
IO synchronous transit
Jul 9 @ 2:15 am – 4:30 am

On the night of Thurs July the 9th at 02.15 hrs to 04.30 hrs BST Jupiter’s Moon IO

will transit across the face of the planet at the same time as it’s (IO’s) shadow,

this is the first of 2 such transit’s

 If you do intend to observe / image this event remember to dress for the conditions

The Asteroid Impact and Deflection Assessment (AIDA) Project
Jul 9 @ 7:45 pm – 9:45 pm

Prof Alan Fitzsimmons, Queen’s University Belfast

Will be talking to us about The Asteroid Impact Deflection Assessment (AIDA) cooperation between NASA, ESA, & AIS LICIA cube-sat

The aim of the cooperation is to show that deflecting NEA’s Near Earth Asteroids is possible,

Alan may well talk about NASA’s D.A.R.T mission due to launch sometime in 2021

Details will be emailed to members prior to this event

 

Jul
10
Fri
Europa synchronous transit
Jul 10 @ 1:15 am – 4:15 am

At 02.15 hrs to 04.15 hrs BST on  Fri the 10 of July Jupiter’s Moon Europa

will transit across the face of the planet at the same time as it’s (Europa) shadow

this is the second of 2 such transit’s

 If you do intend to observe / image this event remember to dress for the conditions

Jul
12
Sun
The planet Mars will be 3.5 deg from the Moon
Jul 12 @ 1:00 am – 4:00 am

Weather Permitting

At approx 01.00 hrs on the morning of Sun the 12th of July

The Moon and the planet Mars will rise, with Mars being above & 3.5 deg to the right of a lit 59% waning gibbous Moon,

this should be visible until approx 04.00 hrs, as Sun rise approaches

 If you do intend to observe / image this event remember to dress for the conditions

Jul
14
Tue
5 Years Ago……………….
Jul 14 all-day

Today is the fifth anniversary of NASA’s new horizons mission arriving at Pluto,

the flyby only lasted 30 mins but sent back some of the best images of Pluto to date.

Pluto
The Pluto image to the left was taken by the Faint Object Camera of the Hubble Space Telescope in 1994 and is representative of the highest resolution achieved from Earth. The Pluto image to the right was taken by New Horizons just 16 hours before closest approach in July 2015. This LORRI image is the raw, compressed version seen by New Horizons scientists shortly after midnight on July 13, but it still clearly demonstrates the dramatic increase in science content available from a flyby mission. Credits: NASA/ESA/A. Stern and M. Buie (left image); NASA/JHUAPL/SWRI (right image)
Jupiter at opposition
Jul 14 @ 9:00 am – 9:00 am

During the morning of Tues the 14th of July at 09.00 hrs,

The planet Jupiter will reach opposition i.e. :-

it will be directly opposite the Sun as we see it

although low in the sky this should afford some excellent views

as Jupiter becomes visible during the night 

If you do plan to observe / image, any astronomical event please dress for the conditions

Jul
16
Thu
Herschel’s Planet
Jul 16 @ 7:45 pm – 9:45 pm

BAA Saturn, Uranus & Neptune Section Director, Michael Foulkes

Will be talking to us about Herschel’s planet

 

Details will be emailed to members prior to this event

Jul
17
Fri
Venus & the Moon
Jul 17 @ 5:00 am – 5:00 am

At 05.00 hrs on the morning of Fri the 17th of July

The planet Venus will be 2.5 deg S/E (below & to the right)

of a waning last quarter crescent Moon

If you do plan to observe / image, any astronomical event please dress for the conditions

Jul
20
Mon
Saturn at opposition
Jul 20 @ 11:00 pm – Aug 20 @ 11:00 pm

At 23.00 hrs on Thurs the 20th of July the planet Saturn will reach opposition i.e ;-

it will be directly opposite the Sun as we see it

and the rings will be at their brightest

it would be advisable to observe / image Saturn 2-3 days before & after the date of opposition

just in case conditions are unfavourable on the 20th of July

 If you do intend to observe / image this event remember to dress for the conditions

Aug
9
Sun
Solar Observing at Hall Place & Gardens
Aug 9 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Due to the ongoing Covid 19 situation,

and in consultation with Hall Place this event has been cancelled