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)]