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  1. 8 points
    After seeing tonight's (11/11/18) close encounter I had a little browse to see if there were any occultations due. There are a few others in the meantime but this one is the first one due that's at a decent altitude. Hope this is enough warning
  2. 7 points
    On April 3rd 2020 Venus sits within the M45 star group
  3. 6 points
    Another good conjunction worth having a go at either visually or for imaging. C/2017 T2 Panstarrs will be just over half a degree from the NGC884, one of the two clusters that make up the Double Cluster. On 28th it will be equally positioned between the two at around 40 arc minutes from each.
  4. 5 points
    At around 7am, the waning crescent Moon will be at 14 degrees above the horizon and between Venus and Jupiter. Given some clear skies, this should make quite a spectacle. The 25 day old moon will be 17.8% illuminated, and about 4 degrees from Jupiter and 4.5 degrees from Venus. Well worth a look in binos or a widefield photo opportunity. Related article here at Astronomy Now magazine, including details of an occultation of Xi Ophiuchi if you are far enough North. https://astronomynow.com/2019/01/22/see-a-dawn-triple-conjunction-and-a-lunar-occultation-on-31-january/
  5. 4 points
    Venus and Mercury will be in close conjunction this evening, approx 1.25 degrees apart and 15 degrees altitude (for Venus) as the Sun sets at 8.57 in London
  6. 4 points
  7. 4 points
    Probably best observed around sunset, 4pm ish, Jupiter and Saturn will be just over 6 arc minutes apart, close enough to fit into the field of view at high power. Altitude will be 14 degrees, higher if you can pick them up earlier.
  8. 4 points
    Mid-transit 15:20. UK sunset 16:72. Not particularly well positioned for UK observers, but some of us might not get to November 2032 to see the next one ...
  9. 4 points
    A new moon so good conditions if the skies allow. Mars and Neptune will be separated by only 8 arcminutes so could make a colourful double in the eyepiece. Note: it may also be a good opportunity to look for Comet 46P/Wirtanen.
  10. 4 points
    The Opposition of Jupiter, with the planet at its largest and best placed for viewing. Visual magnitude will be -2.5 and the apparent diameter 44.8 arcseconds. The planet transits the meridian at 12.59am, when it will be at 22.6 degrees above the horizon. GRS will be transitting at 2.14am on 9th (don't get caught out by the date)
  11. 3 points
    Mars at Opposition, best placed for viewing ie at its largest apparent diameter of 24.3 arc seconds, visual magnitude -2.8 and a distance of 57.8 million km. It transits at 1.15am but at a height of only 13.2 degrees above the horizon from London. Best bet is to get on a plane and head South!
  12. 2 points
    Venus and Mercury will be in close conjunction this evening, approx 1.5 degrees apart and 15 degrees altitude (for Venus) as the Sun sets at 8.55 in London
  13. 2 points
    Another widefield view, this time with Mars
  14. 2 points
    Maximum evening elongation
  15. 2 points
    Mercury will be best placed for viewing on this day, when it reaches maximum elongation from the Sun. At London latitudes it will be approx 10 degrees above the horizon at civil twilight (Sun 6 degrees below the horizon)
  16. 2 points
    A close conjunction between Venus and Neptune, at 5pm they will be approx 10 arc minutes apart, getting down to 4 as they set. The 7.3% illuminated crescent Moon and Mercury will also be visible further to the West.
  17. 2 points
  18. 2 points
    A fabulously friendly and informal STAR CAMP with lots of education and lots of fun! visit www.solarsphere.events for details of the whole event plan!
  19. 2 points
    We have another event coming up on the 11th August. This one is at Swillington Farm. It is an event run by a company called This Green Moon, you can check them out on Facebook. It is an overnight event but we would finish at approx. 11pm. Soupy will do some presentations and we would also need some telescopes set up for observing. They also have a few pitches kept in reserve for speakers so if any members want to come and do the event they have offered pitches free for us to stop over. (They are currently selling these pitches for £50 for a small pitch and £100 for a large pitch). Please let Soupy know as soon as possible if you are able to attend, (and certainly by Wednesday if you would like a pitch) so he can liaise with Paul the owner. It promises to be a great night with darkening skies and early Perseids!
  20. 2 points
    GRS Transit on Jupiter, crossing the meridian at 5.10am with Jupiter at 21 degrees altitude. GRS starts to come onto the disk at around 3am, disappearing at around 7.15am.
  21. 2 points
    The Lunar X is visible tonight, along with the Lunar V. Timing I have is 18.07, I believe that is the peak of the event but it may be the start so keep checking! EDIT I now believe 18.07 to be the start, and 22.26 to be the finish of this event. If you have more accurate info, please add to the thread in the Heads Up forum. Lunar X 2018 TXT.pdf
  22. 1 point
    Widefield opportunity to see these three together in the morning sky. Note I had mistakenly put this in on 15th March, now corrected.
  23. 1 point
    Mars less than a degree from the Moon
  24. 1 point
  25. 1 point
  26. 1 point
  27. 1 point
    Maximum morning elongation
  28. 1 point
  29. 1 point
    One for our Southern Hemisphere members, the magnitude 8 asteroid Vesta will be under 2 degrees away from the Moon by the time of nautical twilight. It is closer earlier on, but not sure when you would be able to pick it up. Probably best in a wide field scope with a 2.5 or 3 degree field of view. Likely not dramatic, but interesting to see the two objects in context with each other. This is a screen shot set for Melbourne Australia for @Geoff Barnes
  30. 1 point
    C/2017 T2 Panstarrs will be equidistant between NGC869 and NGC884, another good visual or photo opp.
  31. 1 point
    Following on from 27th, on 28th, the crescent Moon will be closer at 4.5 degrees away, and Neptune still 1 degree away.
  32. 1 point
    Main talk: The variable Hubble Nebula by Dr John Lightfoot of the Royal Observatory Edinburgh. Plus what's in the sky for September and occasional short presentations from members. Refreshments afterwards. Open to all, admission free. You don't have to be a member to come along and we're always happy to see new faces.
  33. 1 point
    Astrocymru: 3D Astronomy and Space Event time: 10am - 4pm Location: Elan Valley Visitor Centre Join Emma Wride from Astrocymru and learn about Space through a 3D cinematic experience! We will explore the surface of solar system bodies, see the sizes of celestial objects in our Universe, learn about the birth of the Solar System and much more!
  34. 1 point
    Venus and Uranus will be in conjunction, less than 4' apart, close enough to fit within a low power telescopic view. It will be a challenge to see Uranus at magnitude 5.9 in the evening twilight. Use Venus as your guide. A great astrophotography event!
  35. 1 point
    GRS Transit on Jupiter, crossing the meridian at 4.18am with Jupiter at just over 21 degrees altitude. GRS starts to come onto the disk at around 2.10am, disappearing at around 6.15am. A couple more events too, an Io Shadow Transit starting at 4.22am and an occultation or Ganymede at 4.29am. Full timings in the attachment. Best time to view is probably 5.18am with both shadow and GRS well positioned.
  36. 1 point
    GRS Transit on Jupiter, crossing the central meridian at 2.40am with Jupiter at just over 16 degrees altitude. GRS starts to come onto the disk at around 12.30am as Jupiter rise, disappearing at around 4.30am.
  37. 1 point
    GRS Transit on Jupiter, crossing the meridian at 6.48am with Jupiter at just over 15 degrees altitude. GRS starts to come onto the disk at around 4.40am, disappearing at around 8.50am.
  38. 1 point
    This should be a good one. Moon visible throughout and at 57 degrees at the start. X and V should be on show.
  39. 1 point
    The GRS transits the meridian at 6.02am Jupiter will be 20 degrees above the horizon at this point, with sunrise still nearly an hour away at 6.54am. Timings and altitude from London.
  40. 1 point
    The peak of the Lyrid Meteor Shower. Some meteors expected to be visible between 19th and 25th April. The Moon will be at First Quarter so will interfere in early evening. ZHR of around 10 from a dark site with the peak at 4am.
  41. 1 point
    A tricky one to see being very low in the sky just before dawn. At 5am the Moon is at around 15 degrees altitude, with Mars just under 3.5 degrees away Best seen with the naked eye or binoculars
  42. 1 point
    Visible from around 1am, the Moon is at it's highest around 4.20am when the separation is around 3.5 degrees. They continue to get closer as they are lost in daytime, being at 3 degrees 28" at 6am. Best seen with the naked eye or binoculars
  43. 1 point
    Dear friends : do not miss the solar eclipse , in some areas will be total and in others partial and some might not be able to enjoy it at all , so please send pictures Greetings Baja Stargazing & astronomy programs
  44. 1 point
    SGL star party at Lucksall - details to follow.
  45. 1 point
    More details to follow...
  46. 1 point
    Five nights camping in the Northumberland International Dark Sky Park. More details http://kielderforeststarcamp.org/
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