In this month's edition:

  • Planetary Skylights: Neptune and Uranus replace Saturn in the evning; Venus, Mars and Jupiter at dawn
  • Total Lunar Eclipse: 28th September
  • Meteor Activity: the weak Piscids
  • September 2015 Sky Charts

September is a great month for observing the night sky. Conditions are (or should be) relatively mild, darkness falls reasonably early and there are plenty of objects to seek out.

September is also the best month to fully appreciate one particular feature of the heavens, the ghostly river of light we call the Milky Way... [Read more about The Celestial Ocean: the River of Light]

Sausage rolls, scale solar system and some star viewing against the backdrop of a lightning show courtesy of nature: the first of our two visits to Hooks House this proved to be an interesting affair... [Read more about First Hook’s House Event, 2015]

We shall once again be travelling over to Westerdale to host a star party on Saturday Sept 19th from 20:00h (scopes set-up 15-30m ahead of time)... [Read more about Westerdale Star Party ]

A better-than-average display, with the best action late on.  One brilliant Perseid left an ionized trail which was visible for several seconds afterwards... [Read more about Perseid Meteor Shower Star Party]

Tantalizing glimpses of a sunspot grouping in brief cloud breaks on Saturday were realised on Sunday when we enjoyed an interrupted view of the solar surface.

Star parties on Saturday and Sunday evenings with clear skies, an ISS passing, and Mark's sky tours.

  [Read more about 2015 Regatta Events: Solar Viewing & Star Parties]

A succession of star parties coinciding with the run up to the full moon were held on the west cliff at our usual location during Folk Week.

Skies were pretty clear and as always the folk week crowd were eager to view, stay and listen. Thursday 27th proved interesting with a faint aurora visible to the north: a distinct green glow with a hint of rays and bands moving within this. [Read more about Bank Holiday and Folk Week Star Parties]

Events

A public Star Party, weather permitting, near the Captain Cook monument on West Cliff, from 21:30h.

Date:
7 August, 2015 -
21:30 to 23:00
Address:
Captain Cook Headland
West Cliff
near YO21 3HA Whitby
United Kingdom
GB

A public Star Party, weather permitting, near the Captain Cook monument on West Cliff, from 21:30h.

Date:
8 August, 2015 -
21:30 to 23:00
Address:
Captain Cook Headland
West Cliff
near YO21 3HA Whitby
United Kingdom
GB

A Perseid star party to be held on on the Archery Green on West Cliff: next to the boating lake.  (It's less light-poluted than our usual star party location.)

We'll provide a scope or two to enjoy some of the summer sky wonders whilst we wait.

Bring a folding chair a warm drink; and nature may provide the fireworks!

Date:
12 August, 2015 -
21:00 to 23:00
Address:
Archery Green (next to Skate Park)
West Cliff
near YO21 3HT Whitby
United Kingdom
GB

Regatta Solar Event. As last year, we will be situated on the green behind the West Cliff toilets, near the skate park/boating lake. Time: 14:30pm-16:15pm...ish.

Date:
15 August, 2015 -
14:30 to 16:15
Address:
Near the Skate Park/Boating Lake (behind public loos)
West Cliff
near YO21 3HT Whitby
United Kingdom
GB

Public Star Party including a stella tour and observations, weather permitting, on Archery Green (next to the skate park on West Cliff), from 21:00h.  (Set-up 20:45h)

Date:
15 August, 2015 -
21:00 to 23:00
Address:
Archery Green (next to Skate Park)
West Cliff
near YO21 3HT Whitby
United Kingdom
GB

Regatta Solar Event. As last year, we will be situated on the green behind the West Cliff toilets, near the skate park/boating lake. Time: 14:30pm-16:15pm...ish.

Date:
16 August, 2015 -
14:30 to 16:15
Address:
Near the Skate Park/Boating Lake (behind public loos)
West Cliff
near YO21 3HT Whitby
United Kingdom
GB

Public Star Party including a stella tour and observations, weather permitting, on Archery Green (next to the skate park on West Cliff), from 21:00h.  (Set-up 20:45h)

Date:
16 August, 2015 -
21:00 to 23:00
Address:
Archery Green (next to Skate Park)
West Cliff
near YO21 3HT Whitby
United Kingdom
GB

Public Star Party, including a stella tour and observations, weather permitting, near the Captain Cook monument on West Cliff, from 21:00h.  (Setting-up scopes from 20:45h.)

Date:
21 August, 2015 -
20:30 to 23:00
Address:
Captain Cook Headland
West Cliff
near YO21 3HA Whitby
United Kingdom
GB

Certainly one of the observing highlights on the W.D.A.S calendar, This year two visits to Hook's House Farm: on 22nd August and 5th September.

Date:
22 August, 2015 -
20:15 to 22:30
Address:
Hooks House Farm
Whitby Road
YO22 4PE Robin Hood's Bay
United Kingdom
GB

Public Star Party, including a stella tour and observations, weather permitting, near the Captain Cook monument on West Cliff, from 21:00h.  (Setting-up scopes from 20:45h.)

Date:
23 August, 2015 -
20:30 to 23:00
Address:
Captain Cook Headland
West Cliff
near YO21 3HA Whitby
United Kingdom
GB

Public Star Party, including a stella tour and observations, weather permitting, near the Captain Cook monument on West Cliff, from 21:00h.  (Setting-up scopes from 20:45h.)

Date:
29 August, 2015 -
21:00 to 22:30
Address:
Captain Cook Headland
West Cliff
near YO21 3HA Whitby
United Kingdom
GB

Public Star Party, including a stella tour and observations, weather permitting, near the Captain Cook monument on West Cliff, from 21:00h.  (Setting-up scopes from 20:45h.)

Date:
30 August, 2015 -
21:00 to 22:30
Address:
Captain Cook Headland
West Cliff
near YO21 3HA Whitby
United Kingdom
GB