Leeds Astromeet 2016

Not long now to the 2016 Leeds Astromeet which is on Saturday November 12th, at Leeds University The date for your diary is Saturday November 12th, usual venue- Leeds University, Clothworkers Hall – Doors are open from 09:00h with lectures starting at 10:00h. [Read more about Leeds Astromeet 2016]

Christmas Meal 2016

After discussions at last month’s meeting, it looks like we are bound for the Hare and Hounds once again for this year’s Christmas bash. 

It has been provisionally booked for December 9th for 19:30h.  12 places are up for grabs.  The menu is with these notes and on the website.  If you could let Mark know your choices as soon as possible it would be much appreciated.

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In this month's edition:

  • Planetary Skylights: Saturn, Venus, Mars & Juipter
  • Meteor Showers: Leonids, South & North Taurids
  • November 2016 Sky Charts

Fylingthorpe Event

Andy L, Keith and Mark hosted a star party for a charity function organised by Maggie Keating of Ferndene house, Fylingthorpe.  The event was to raise funds for the Brighter Futures charity – helping educate children in parts of Africa... [Read more about Fylingthorpe Event]

Look high to the northeast where you will locate one of the northern skies more important constellations, the great hero of Greek mythology, Perseus.  Legends associated with Perseus exist in various cultures; some may be traced back as far as the 5th century BC. 

One tale in particular, his quest to rid the world of the hideous gorgon, Medusa, a creature whose hair was a nest of venomous snakes and glance would literally petrify the unfortunate who looked upon her, is well known, part of which relates to the rescue of the Princess Andromeda.  The tale also has a connection with a particular star within the constellation. [Read more about The Demon’s Head and the Glittering Sword]

Mark at the Museum

Nice to be back at the museum for a lecture, well at least Mark was; he was giving the lecture to the Whitby Naturalist Society.  Mark had been asked some time ago to give a talk about the night sky, and his chosen subject was the diversity of celestial objects astronomers observe.  It was slightly odd giving a talk on a Saturday afternoon... [Read more about Mark at the Museum]

Night Scenes 2017

We are now taking orders for Night Scenes 2017.  We have actually ordered 22 copies in the end, so if you want to reserve a copy please let Mark know.  We don’t have to remind you how excellent, and indispensable the almanac is, so don’t delay.  Price will be £4.00 to paid up members (it actually retails in outlets at £7.00) non members £5.50p. [Read more about Night Scenes 2017]