Sky Notes - March 2022

In this month's edition:

  • Planetary Skylights 
  • Meteors
  • Spring Equinox
  • March 2022 Sky Charts

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The society has recently acquired a new mount and tripod and will make a highly useful GOTO platform for any of the refractors belonging to the society. [Read more about New Equipment for Society ]

Hosts Colin and Vicky of the Fox & Hounds Hotel - Ainthorpe, are again hosting their Dark skies - Warm fires night from the hotel under the dark skies of the North York Moors on February 25th 2022 from 18:30hrs.  [Read more about Fox and Hounds – Dark Sky Event]

On Saturday 26th, weather permitting, we shall again be hosting an event at the Danby Moors Centre for the Dark Sky Festival at half term. Members assistance will be essential and greatly appreciated.  [Read more about Dark Sky Night – Danby Moors Centre]

Society monthly meetings have now recommenced at our usual venue Room H1 - Caedmon College - Normanby Campus (ie Whitby College) starting from 19:30hrs. For the January meeting, two 'in-house' presentations were given by society members- see main body.   [Read more about News of Society Meetings ]

The JWST is now parked safely in the Lagrange 2 point after a critical 28 day period which could turn out to be one of the most important in NASA's history. The Space Observatory is fully deployed and now ready to begin shake down commissioning testing.  [Read more about James Webb Successfully Deployed ]

In this month's edition:

  • Planetary Skylights 
  • Meteors
  • Comet 19P Borrelly
  • February 2022 Sky Charts

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Postcards from Mars

It's been a while since we called in on Mars, so here is a year's end update of all that is trundling or flying over the Martian surface.  [Read more about Postcards from Mars ]

Society meetings have now recommenced and it was great to have a guest speaker at the December meeting - It was a shame the night coincided with storm Barra, which understandably deterred a number of members travelling. Not to fear Alan will be returning in the spring! The venue is still Room H1 - Caedmon College - Normanby Campus ( ie Whitby College) from 19:30hrs. The January meeting will be held (if we are allowed) on the 11th and not the 4th (College is still off then)  [Read more about Society Meeting - You missed a Treat! ]

James Webb Launched

After yet one more delay - this one down to meteorological circumstances rather than IT or engineering ones, the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) finally launched on Christmas Day. A month long deployment schedule has now commenced, coupled with an extremely nervous wait for scientists before JWST can be considered ready for shake down commissioning testing.  [Read more about James Webb Launched ]

Christmas Meal 2021

Two years have slipped by since society members last gathered for a Christmas meal in 2019 and a great deal has flowed down the Milky Way since then. To the relief of all (given the current climate) society members gathered once again in the Hare and Hounds for a festive feast.  [Read more about Christmas Meal 2021]

In this month's edition:

  • Planetary Skylights 
  • January Meteors 
  • January Comets 
  • January 2022 Sky Charts 

One of THE most important launch dates in space, perhaps scientific exploration is almost upon us. Even at the last minute an 'incident' on the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) has put back the date to no earlier than December 22nd. So is the £7.5 ($10) billion project price tag worth it ...  [Read more about James Webb Space Telescope- Ready for Launch]

In this month's edition:

  • Planetary Skylights 
  • December Meteors 
  • December Comets 
  • December 2021 Sky Charts
  • Winter Solstice 

The WDAS society Christmas meal for society members and partners has now been booked. The venue is the Hare & Hounds at Hawsker. The date is December 11th at 19:30 hrs. There are 15 places booked, 12 have already been spoken for so don't delay in contacting Mark if you have not already done so. The menu is 3 courses and is £26.95. All menu choices must be made available to Mark by Dec 7th at very latest though preferably before.  [Read more about Update for wdas members - Society Christmas Meal 2021]