Astronomy

At each meeting we point out any astronomical highlights for the next month and study the sky using Stellarium and a Planisphere. Coffee and biscuits are always provided at our meetings and each one turns into a lively social gathering. We meet at St Winifred’s from 3 pm till 5 pm and new members are always welcome.

Programme 2018

  • 24th January - (15:00 to 17:00)
               Planisphere & Stellarium - February highlights -
                                                         The Full Hunger Moon – SuperMoon and Blood Moon
              Viewing images from “Hubble” (Arthur) followed by a short update on the
               minor planet “Ceres”
  • 28th February - (15:00 to 17:00)
                Planisphere & Stellarium  - March highlights -
                                                                                                                      The Lenten Moon
                 Mercury (Phil)
  • 28th March - (15:00 to 17:00)
                 Planisphere & Stellarium  - April highlights -
                                                 The Lyrids Meteors – Jupiter at Opposition – The Egg Moon
                  The Solar System
  • 25th April - (15:00 to 17:00)
                      Planisphere & Stellarium  - Monthly highlights –
                                                Aquarids – Blue Moon-  Mercury Transit - Mars in opposition
                      Astronomical Physics
  • 23th May - (15:00 to 17:00)
                       Planisphere & Stellarium  - June highlights -
                                                                                    Saturn at opposition – The Rose Moon
                       The Milky Way (Martin)
    • 27th June - (15:00 to 17:00)
                         Planisphere & Stellarium  - July highlights    -
                             Juno arrives at Jupiter – The Hay Moon – Delta Aquarid Meteor shower
                        Exoplanet Update
  • 25th July - (15:00 to 17:00)
                       Planisphere & Stellarium  - August highlights -
                                                                            Perseids Meteor Shower – The Grain Moon
                                                                            Venus & Jupiter at conjunction
                       Life in our Solar System
  • 22nd August - (11 a.m onward)
                        Planisphere & Stellarium  - September highlights -
                                                 Solar Eclipse – Neptune at Opposition – The Harvest Moon
                        Summer Social
  • 26th September - (15:00 to 17:00)
                        Planisphere & Stellarium  - October highlights -
                                                           Draconids & Orionid Meteors – Uranus at Opposition
                                                                                                                        The Blood Moon
                        Nebulae and the birth of stars
  • 24th October - (15:00 to 17:00)
                          Planisphere & Stellarium  - November highlights -
                                                                        Taurid & Leonid Meteors – The Hunters Moon
                           Venus (Arthur)
  • 28th November - (15:00 to 17:00)
                          Planisphere & Stellarium  - December & January highlights -
                                                          Geminids & Ursid Meteors – The Full Long Night Moon
                                                                             Quadrantid Meteors – The Full Wolf Moon
                                                                                                 Venus at Greatest Elongation
                          Outer reaches of the solar system (Gayle)
  • December - Break for Xmas

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