The final star party in October, requested and organized by Chloe Barker and tied into ‘The Unblinking Eye: 55 years of space operations on Fylingdales Moor’ exhibition at the museum, looked most unlikely to go ahead less than six hours before it was due to start.  Rain was still failing during Saturday afternoon 24 hours after it had started!  However the forecast (and crucially the timing of it) was right for once, with colder, clearer conditions spreading down by late afternoon, just in time for the event to get a green light... [Read more about Star Party on 26th Oct 2019 for the ‘Unblinking Eye’ exhibition]

Society Christmas Meal

To be discussed at the November meeting and booked shortly after. [Read more about Society Christmas Meal]

As you may know this was originally intended to be a two evening event, however as interest was more forthcoming for just the Saturday, Colin and Vicky dropped the Friday evening from the program.  Friday, as it transpired was a clear night, great for observing.  Saturday was ‘orrid (at least it wasn’t windy), and although the BBC forecast still offered some optimism, the Met office one did not.  The Met office was correct and any lingering hopes of some clear breaks were quickly extinguished by the rain... [Read more about Fox and Hounds – ‘Stargazing Night’]

Scouts visited

It’s been a while since i was last in the ‘drill hall’ on Bagdale, spent many an hour there in the past.  This was (and always has been) the venue for the Scouts, and as conditions in the sky were once again no good for observing, it was our destination on 3rd October 2019. [Read more about Scouts visited]

This is before our next monthly meeting so better give details in the newsletter... [Read more about Danby Dark Sky Event on 2nd November 2019]

This year’s summer star party season was kind of a reverse to last year.  The early and middle parts were particularly plagued by ill-timed spells of unsettled weather, most of which settled over us on scheduled event evenings! 

Our Regatta events hardly got off the ground, although strong winds certainly carried plenty of other stuff off the ground.  There were no sunspots again and the Perseids were clouded out, as well as subjected to strong moonlight.  [Read more about Overall Summer Assessment]

This is part of the Dark Sky festival involving all the North York Moors dark sky sites.  We will be hosting the event for Danby Moors Centre on November 2nd.  The public book to attend the event, but places at the Danby Moors Centre are limited to 60.  The event is now due to start at 18:00h and not at 18:30pm as previously stated. We are therefore looking to be on site by 17:45h (setting off no later than 17:20h)... [Read more about North Yorkshire Moors National Parks: Dark Sky Evening]

Westerdale Star Party

With heavy rain showers peppering much of the country, the outlook for the annual Westerdale event did not look overly encouraging.  Having packed a couple of the manual ‘Dobs’ into Mark’s Car; just in case, together with all the ‘plan B’ equipment for the indoor presentation, Mark and Keith set off for the Village hall in yet another deluge.  It soon became apparent looking at the skies on the way over, that there was a chance of being able to observe something after all... [Read more about Westerdale Star Party]

This event was requested over a year ago by the Women’s Institute, but the actual composition and likely format it would follow only emerged on the day itself.  In other words the weather decided what was possible on the evening, and although the heavy rain which fell for much of the afternoon had ceased, it was still cloudy!.. [Read more about Women’s Institute Event]

West Cliff Events

The following three Saturday evening star party events from the West Cliff, had varying success.  The event on the 6th proved reasonable, The following Saturday cloud prevented any direct observations although, the rising moon adjacent to the Abbey was a hit with the photographers until it disappeared in cloud... [Read more about West Cliff Events]