Upcoming Events

  • 25 July, 2014 @ 6:30pm
    Public Solar Viewing - starts at 6:30pm
    HAPS Observatory, Blackmoorfoot Road, Crosland Hill, Huddersfield, HD4 7AF

  • 28 July, 2014 @ 7:30pm
    Committee Meeting
    HAPS Club Room, 4a Railway Street, Huddersfield, United Kingdom

  • 1 August, 2014 @ 7:30pm
    Club Night / Summer Night Sky Pt. 2
    HAPS Club Room, 4a Railway Street, Huddersfield, HD1 1JP

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 :

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

Holme Moss Star Party - Good Friday - A big thank you to all our visitors

Firstly a big thank you to everyone who called up at Holme Moss on Friday night to enjoy the night sky and use some of the telescopes and other equipment we brought up to the car park to view Jupiter, Mars and the stars.
The feedback we received on the night has encouraged us to think about organising another event later in the year and possibly making a Holme Moss Star Party a regular annual event on Good Friday - weather permitting of course.
So, in the next few weeks the Astronomy Society will be looking at possible dates and if we decide to proceed then a further announcement will be made via our website.
Thank you
Astronomy Society President

The Summer Night Sky

Summer is almost upon us and the lengthening days - and shorter nigth - means that oportunity is limited for doing any serious observing.
However during the Summer months there are two special astronomical events to observe
a) Noctilucent Clouds - see this link for more details - http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/features/so-you-want-to-be-a-scientist/experiments/noctilucent-clouds/nlc/
b) Meteor Shower - the Perseids on 12th and 13th August...... 

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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.

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.

Kielder Forest Video

A number of our members visit the twice annual Kielder Forest Star Camp. People who would like a taster of the Kielder Forest Experience without the inconvenience of hypothermia should check out this amazing video by Martin Whipp:

A Great Place to Stargaze from Martin Whipp on Vimeo.

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