Upcoming Events

2 May, 2014 @ 7:30pm
Public Lecture - The Stars are Ours by Professor Donald Kurtz, Jeremiah Horrocks Institute, UCLAN
HAPS Club Room, 4a Railway Street, Huddersfield, HD1 1JP

6 June, 2014 @ 7:30pm
Public Lecture: The History of the Telescope by Jurgen Schmoll, University of Durham
HAPS Club Room, 4a Railway Street, Huddersfield, HD1 1JP

Holme Moss Star Party - Good Friday - Evening

To celebrate the upcoming Yorkshire Grande Depart of the 2014 Tour de France and in association with Dr John Baruch form Bradford University, the Huddersfield Astronomical & Philosophical Society is putting together a 'Star Party', to be held at the Main Car Park near Holme Moss TV/Radio Transmitter Station. Click here for a map.
The event will take place on Good Friday 18th April 2014.
The provisional arrangements are as follows:

Constellation Close Up - Part Four

These are the notes to go with the final installment of Constellation Close up.
Please use them in conjunction with the star charts attached

New Supernova discovered in 'Cigar Galaxy'

A new supernova 12 million light years away, within the M82 (Cigar Galaxy), has been discovered serendipitously by undergraduates during a telescope class.
The type Ia supernova, designated SN2014J and thought to be the nearest of this type within the last 40 years, was discovered when the students noticed what appeared to be a 'new star' within one of the the images they took with their 14" Celestron during a 10 minute class.
Binky managed to get an image from his back garden, which can be found here - the supernova can be clearly seen as a white dot resembling a star within the body of the galaxy.

Supernova gives up its secrets to ALMA

A recent observation by ALMA - the Atacama Large Microwave Array, has discovered some new information about how Supernovae redistribute the 'heavy elements' formed during the SN explosion, back into the surrounding cosmos.
Read more about it here.... http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-25633545

Program of Events 2013 to 2014

This is the ciurrent version of next year's program.
Some events have still to be planned - such as Public Lectures in 2014.
Due to circumstances beyond the Society's control events are subject to change or cancelation at short notice.
Please get in touch if you would like more information
Details of events open to the public and those reserved for Society members only are highlighted in the Program

The Spring Night Sky

Spring is showing early signs of appearing in our gardens.
So it is also showing in our skies.
The nights are getting shorter and dawn is appearing lighter and brighter - with the added bonus of seeing the 'morning star' Venus a few hours before dawn.
Other highlights of the Spring Night Sky are that in May - at around 10pm you will see three quite bright planets in the sky at the same time.
Jupiter will be in Gemini in the south-west. Mars will be in Virgo in the SSE and Saturn will be visible low in the SE in the constellation of Virgo.
Other highlights of the Spring Night Sky include Comet 17P/Homes which may make a visible return in March - which hopefully will be as bright as its superb show in 2007

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

2013 may be a good year to view two fairly bright Comets - C/2011 L4 PANSTARS and C/2012 S1 ISON, but it should also be possible to view some bright meteor showers as well.
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.
Some showers such as the Leonids of mid-November, have been very intensively studied. The Leonids have a 33 year cycle of acivity as a result of the 33 year orbit of their parent Comet.

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.

HAPS member snaps stunning images using Faulkes Telescope

Gain Lee is the HAPS member responsible for looking after the Society's main telescope asset - our Meade LX200GPS 16-inch Telescope. In recent years, using his contacts, he has had 'telescope time' on one of the largest telescopes that can be used by the 'public'. The Faulkes telescope project .... http://www.faulkes-telescope.com/ .... is a scheme to allow any educational establishment to image objects in the Night Sky, using professional grade telescopes and instrumentation.

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