Four WDAS Members have already booked or the British Astronomical Association Summer Meeting in York on July 2nd.  If you'd like to go too, please contact andiatwhitby-astronomers.com and [Read more about BAA Summer Meeting 2016: in York!]

Sky Notes - May 2016

In this month's edition:

  • Planetary Skylights: Transit of Mercury, Mars at Opposition, Jupiter and Saturn
  • Meteor Showers: Eta Aquarids
  • May 2016 Sky Charts

Transits

As inferior planets, on occasion Mercury and Venus can transit across the Sun as seen from the vantage point of Earth.  Transits of Venus are extremely rare, occurring in pairs 8 yrs apart separated by intervals of over 100 yrs.  A transit of Mercury is less rare, but still only around 13 can occur in any one century... [Read more about Transits]

Initially requested by Libby Lavelle, assistant Head teacher of Ayresome Primary school in Middlesbrough, the original plan was to host a star party for her visiting group of two dozen 10 and 11 year old pupils at Whitby Youth Hostel, near the Abbey on March 29th.  This was however postponed on the night itself, the weather was lousy, but the forecast ahead looked promising... [Read more about Whitby YHA Event with pupils of Ayresome Primary School]

And finally, a few photos from the Fylingdales School event covered in last month's newsletter.  For more photos of all our events, check out the 2016 Star Party folder in the gallery!

Flylingdales School Event
on 02-Mar-2016
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Flylingdales School Event
on 02-Mar-2016
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Flylingdales School Event
on 02-Mar-2016
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  [Read more about Photos from Fylingdales School Event (02-Mar-2016)]

Events

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

Observing 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:
3 April, 2016 - 21:00
Address:
Bruce Observatory, Caedmon School Normandy Site (Whitby School)
Prospect Hill
YO21 1LA Whitby
United Kingdom
GB

A Star Party at Boggle Hole Youth Hostel (weather dependent).  Anybody Members who can attend, please contact Mark.

Date:
5 April, 2016 - 20:30
Address:
Boggle Hole Youth Hostel
Boggle Hole Fylingthorpe
YO22 4UQ Whitby
United Kingdom
GB

The seventh society meeting of the season, in newly renamed Caedmon College Normanby Site (you may know it as Whitby College or Whitby School), Room H1.

In Members' monthly meetings we usually take a tour of the night sky for the coming month using the Planetarium program, sometimes have other topics for discussion, etc.

Date:
12 April, 2016 -
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.

Observing 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:
17 April, 2016 - 21:00
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.

Observing 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:
24 April, 2016 - 21:00
Address:
Bruce Observatory, Caedmon School Normandy Site (Whitby School)
Prospect Hill
YO21 1LA Whitby
United Kingdom
GB