Jupiter remains the dominant planet in the night sky high up in Gemini. [Read more about Planetary Skylights - March 2014]

No, we haven't forgotten, however this year’s Easter lecture is actually nearer to the summer solstice! [Read more about Paul Money Lecture 2014]

The Spring Equinox

The date of the Vernal Equinox and officially the start spring in the northern hemisphere falls on March 20th this year. This is when the Sun's path - the ecliptic, first crosses the celestial equator on its apparent journey northwards into the sky. [Read more about The Spring Equinox ]

The Hubble Ultra Deep Field Image has become one of the iconic images of our time.  But now that photograph has been re-created as a 3D animation, zooming-backwards in time to the earliest formed galaxy.... [Read more about Hubble Ultra Deep Field: Animation]

We live in exciting times in our understanding of the Universe.  But if this discovery is confirmed, it will certainly be the biggest story in Cosmology this year!

A team from the Harvard-Smithsonian Institute say they have discovered the smoking gun of gravitational waves in the Cosmic microwave Background: proof that the universe expanded to trillions of times its own size in the tinyist fraction of a second after it was created. [Read more about Gravitational Waves Witness the Big Bang]

Events

This Year,  National Astronomy Week  2014 celebrates Jupiter, the largest planet in the Solar System, which will reach its highest point in the sky for many years in early March. NAW runs from March 1st -8th

The Whitby and District Astronomical Society are planning to host two public star parties, one on the 2nd (Sunday night) and the other on Friday 7th. Both will be from the Bruce Observatory -Whitby College, the first event from 7pm, the second from 8pm. Hopefully if the clouds keep away we shall be to view a transit of Io (with shadow) across Jupiter's disk on the 2nd and a similar event invloving Europa on the 7th. The great red spot will also be in view. Further details will appear later this month.

Date:
2 March, 2014 -
20:00 to 22:00
Address:
Bruce Observatory, Whitby School
Prospect Hill
YO21 1LA Whitby
United Kingdom
GB

As part of science week, a talk by Astrophysicist Dr Sean Paling will be given in the Main Hall of Whitby Community College on Tuesday 18th March from 6;30pm.  "Deep underground Science at Boulby mine - the search for dark matter and beyond...".  Weather permitting, it will be followed by a Star Party in and around the observatory. Otherwise the universe will come indoors using the "Starry Night" computer program. All welcome.

Date:
18 March, 2014 - 18:30
Address:
Whitby School, Main Hall
Prospect Hill
YO21 1LA Whitby
United Kingdom
GB

As part of Science week a talk by Emily Brunden - teaching fellow, University of York,  on the Sun, will be held at Caedmon School on March 20th from 6:30pm.

Date:
20 March, 2014 - 18:30
Address:
Caedmon School
Airy Hill
Whitby
United Kingdom
GB