Upcoming Events

  • 29 August, 2014 @ 7:30pm
    Talk - The Rosetta Mission (RW)
    HAPS Club Room, 4a Railway Street, Huddersfield, HD1 1JP

  • 5 September, 2014 @ 7:30pm
    Public Lecture - "How stars and planets form - new insight from the Herschel Space Telescope" by Professor Derek Ward-Thompson, Jeremiah Horrocks Institute
    HAPS Club Room, 4a Railway Street, Huddersfield, HD1 1JP

  • 12 September, 2014 @ 7:30pm
    Quiz Night
    HAPS Club Room, 4a Railway Street, Huddersfield, HD1 1JP

Public Lecture - "How Stars and Planets Form - New Insight from the Herschel Space Telescope"

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Fri, 05/09/2014 - 19:30

The story of the formation of Stars and Planets has been mulled over for many years.

With the advent of powerful telescopes like the Herschel Space Telescopes (which works in the far-infra red) researchers are now fine tuning the 'recipes' for the formation of stars and the subsequent development of Planets from the leftovers of the star-forming nebulae.

Social Astronomy Evenings

Over the next few months, we are trialling some additional 'social' meetings on the first and third Tuesday of each month.
The meetings are open to members and non-members and the aim is to provide an informal environment with no set agenda, in which people can meet up in the club room and chat about current astronomical events, astronomy in general or maybe turn up to :

Beginners Course

New to astronomy? The Society holds 2 beginners course during the winter months usually Oct/Nov and .Feb/March
Course places are limited to 20 per course.

See below for more information.

The Autumn Night Sky

With the coming of September the nights are getting longer and providing better opportunity to do some stargazing.
There is still lots to see but most of the Planets are hidden from view for the next few months.
This autumn may be the season of the Comets.
The space probe Rosetta is closing in on its target Comet Churiumov-Gerasimenko after a long voyage.
In September and October another bright Comet, Jacques may be visible for a few weeks.
More details in the enclosed notes and images

Rosetta update

Rosetta - the space-trotting probe has entered into orbit around Comet C-G.
This the first stage in a complex manouvre to eventuay land a probe on the Comet's surface as it begins its journey into the inner solar system.
read about this latest news here...
Quite a picture of the Comet!

2014 Annual HAPS BBQ at the Observatory

HAPS will be holding its annual BBQ at the Observatory on Sunday 10th August.
The BBQ will be lit at around 6pm and is open to all members of the Astronomy Society.
If the weather is sunny then we will have some solar telescopes in use, whilst the food is being cooked.
So, if you are interested please let either Paul or Robert know so we know how many to cater for.
The costs will be £2 per person. This will be enough to cover everything except your meat or veggies for cooking. You must bring your own steak, burgers, sausages, chicken, kebabs etc.

Astronomy from Namibia

I showed a selection of images from my astro-photography trip to Namibia last friday [27th June].
So here is a link to some of the other images.....
I will show some other images on the evening of 15th August after the Autumn Night Sky Talk.
If you can get to the Social Astronomy evening on 1st July then I'll provide a bit more detail about one particularly interesting object and the image that I took of it
President HAPS

Welcome to Science

Zen Comics, illustrated by Gavin Aung Than, takes inspirational quotes and turns them into some fantastic pieces of art.
Phil Plait is the Bad Astronomer; noted skeptic, scientist and prolific tweeter.
Now, Zen Comics has taken some inspiration words from Phil and created this masterpiece which I demand everyone views at least once.

Meteor Showers

The August Perseid Meteor Shower is coming. Starting from late July until late August, with a peak on the late evenings/early mornings of 12th, 13th and 14th August, this shower is one to look out for once it gets dark.
What are meteors/shooting stars?
Essentially they are sand grain sized particles of space dust thrown off Comets and some Asteroids.
They are created when Comets evaporate as the orbit close to our Sun or during collisions between Asteroids.
Most nights you can see a few every hour but on some nights, such as 12th August [Perseids] you may see as many as 75 every hour.
The enclosed document contains information about when to view the main meteor showers of the year.

Campaign for Dark Skies

Campaign for Dark Skies, sometimes also known as CfDS, is a forum, run by astronomers in the UK in support of ensuring that anyone can find places to go to, in order to be able to view the Milky Way and other aspects of our Night Skies, free from the problems caused by unnecessary or overuse of artificial lighting, in town centres as well as out-of-town developments.

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