Upcoming Events

  • 27 October, 2014 @ 7:30pm
    Public Observatory Half Term Open Week - The Moon
    HAPS Observatory, Blackmoorfoot Road, Crosland Hill, Huddersfield, HD4 7AF

  • 28 October, 2014 @ 7:30pm
    Public Observatory Half Term Open Week - The Moon
    HAPS Observatory, Blackmoorfoot Road, Crosland Hill, Huddersfield, HD4 7AF

  • 29 October, 2014 @ 7:30pm
    Public Observatory Half Term Open Week - The Moon
    HAPS Observatory, Blackmoorfoot Road, Crosland Hill, Huddersfield, HD4 7AF

Observatory Open Week

We're back!

Our first public open week of the 2014/2015 season wil be taking place at our observatory on the following dates:

Monday 27th October until Saturday 1st November inclusive from 7:30pm to 9pm.

Please note that we will only be open if the sky is clear.

The moon and most planets will be out of view during this week, so we are expecting to see some deep sky objects. These include nebulae, star clusters and even other galaxies!

As the winter seems to have finally arrived this year, we recommend that you wrap up warm and wear sensible footwear - the ground can get rather slippery leading up to the dome.

 

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.

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 :

Meteor Showers

The Autumn and Winter of 2014-15 promise the potential for some good shooting star observing.
The first major shower of the Autumn are the Draconids - these are active around the 10th October. They are the left-overs from a well known comet Goacobini-Zinner and on occasion they can have quite a good showing.
The Moon will be nearly full so it will be a challenge to see this shower in 2014.
Next comes the Orionids - these are active from 16th to 27th October with a peak on the 20th/21st. There will be a nearly new Moon on this night so get ready for some hours spent tracking these down. Orion rises at around 11pm so you need to stay up late or get up very early to see this shower as they are best viewed after midnight.

The Summer Milky Way

This image was taken at around midnight local time on Saturday 23rd August, from a campsite at Adderstone Field during Scarborough & Ryedale Astronomical Society's annual StarFest.
The image is of the Summer Milky Way - Our galaxy - actually only a major part of it, and was taken with a Canon 60Da fitted with a Vivitar 8mm F3.5 Fish-eye lens on a tripod. The exposure was about 45 seconds at ISO 2000.
You can see the starfields of Cygnus and much more.
Enjoy

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...
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-28659783
Quite a picture of the Comet!

Astronomy from Namibia

Here is a link to some of the many images that were taken during the last week of May 2014 from Tivoli Astro Farm, about 180Km out of Windhoek, Namibia.....
https://www.flickr.com/photos/56553919@N04/sets/72157645078039525/
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