Sky Notes - May 2015

In this month's edition:

  • Planetary Skylights: Venus, Mercury, Jupiter and Saturn
  • Meteor Activity: Eta Aquarids
  • May 2015 Sky Charts

After the society meeting in May, the next formal meeting is not until early autumn, but weather permitting we hope to see some of you at the scheduled public Star Party events over the early summer months. WDAS members who regularly support star parties will know how rewarding these can be. All that is required is a fine evening, a curious public (and some are believe you me very curious) and the scopes. Members also find it a great way to interact and share their interest in astronomy with others.

Assistance is always welcome - actually it's becoming a necessity, even it's just to lend a hand in setting up equipment and keeping a watchful eye on things. So if you can make it along, please do join us. If you are not sure as to whether an event is on due to weather conditions, please ring Mark beforehand to verify matters.   [Read more about Summer Star Party Season]

Paul Money Lecture

There surely cannot have been that many occasions in which Paul has made the journey up to Whitby in such fine conditions, more akin to summer than spring. It was a pleasure not having to battle wind, rain, snow, plague of locusts, etc., which often seems to coincide with Paul’s appearance at the Museum... [Read more about Paul Money Lecture]

Twilight and Shadow

As nights become ever lighter, now may be a good opportunity to briefly explain why the changes in light levels encountered daily after sunset or before sunrise occur. If you were to step outside in autumn, winter or early spring, skies are fully darkened by around 21:00h. This deepest level of darkness, known as Astronomical twilight, is just one of three levels experienced... [Read more about Twilight and Shadow]

Events

Observe the night sky with us at the Bruce Observatory, Whitby School.

(Mark not available this week.)

Open nights are held weather permitting: check for a relatively clear sky before leaving home.  If in doubt, Mark can be reached on tel 01947 605516.

Date:
5 April, 2015 -
21:00 to 22:00
Address:
Bruce Observatory, Caedmon School Normandy Site (Whitby School)
Prospect Hill
YO21 1LA Whitby
United Kingdom
GB

Observe the night sky with us at the Bruce Observatory, Whitby School.

Open nights are held weather permitting: check for a relatively clear sky before leaving home.  If in doubt, Mark can be reached on tel 01947 605516.

Date:
5 April, 2015 -
21:00 to 22:00
Address:
Bruce Observatory, Caedmon School Normandy Site (Whitby School)
Prospect Hill
YO21 1LA Whitby
United Kingdom
GB

Society meetings are held in Caedmon College Normanby Site (you may know it as Whitby College or Whitby School), Room H1. 

New Members are always very welcome!

Date:
14 April, 2015 -
19:30 to 21:15
Address:
Room H1, Caedmon College, Normanby Site (Whitby School)
Prospect Hill
YO21 1LA Whitby
United Kingdom
GB

Observe the night sky with us at the Bruce Observatory, Whitby School.

(Mark not available this week.)

Open nights are held weather permitting: check for a relatively clear sky before leaving home.  If in doubt, Mark can be reached on tel 01947 605516.

Date:
19 April, 2015 -
21:00 to 22:00
Address:
Bruce Observatory, Caedmon School Normandy Site (Whitby School)
Prospect Hill
YO21 1LA Whitby
United Kingdom
GB

Paul Money has kindly agreed to give a lecture again in 2015.  It will be on Tuesday 21st April.  Doors open at 19:00h for a 19:30h start.

Date:
21 April, 2015 -
19:30 to 21:00
Address:
Whitby Museum Whitby
United Kingdom
GB

Observe the night sky with us at the Bruce Observatory, Whitby School.

(Mark not available this week.)

Open nights are held weather permitting: check for a relatively clear sky before leaving home.  If in doubt, Mark can be reached on tel 01947 605516.

Date:
26 April, 2015 -
21:00 to 22:00
Address:
Bruce Observatory, Caedmon School Normandy Site (Whitby School)
Prospect Hill
YO21 1LA Whitby
United Kingdom
GB