Beginners Course

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

See below for more information.

2016-2017 Program of Events - draft

This is a draft program of events for 2016-2017.

Details of the upcoming Public Lectures are still be finalised and program updates will be published when these details are available.

Please check back here regularly for any changes and announcements with regards to the program of events for 2016-2017.

The Songs of the Stars by Emily Brunsden, University of York

Start On: 
Fri, 06/05/2016 - 19:30

This lecture is the re-arranged March Public Lecture which had to be postponed due to the short-notice non-availability of Dr Brunsden.

The title will be the same.

Stars have been found to ring like a bell albeit at a very low frequency, well be low the range of the human ear.

This discovery has led Scientists to theorise that by understanding how stars vibrate, that they may begin to discover the inner-workings of the Star itself.

So how do you delve into the interior of a star - which is far too hot for even the best of currently available technologies - but not actually go there.

World Space Week

Once a year The Astronomical Community gets together to celebrate World Space Week.

In 2016, this will take place between the 4th and 10th of October 2016.

This is a link to what events are being put on around the globe.

Countdown to the Transit of Mercury

On Monday 9th May 2016, there will be a special astronomical event which will be visible - if the sky is clear - from Huddersfield.

However if the weather conditions are looking good the Observatory may be open with specially filtered telescopes to show you the event.

From Huddersfield, the transit will begin at 1212 BST and Mercury will be at its midpoint across the Sun's disc at 1557 BST. The transit will end at 1942 BST.

Please note that during the event, images of the Transit will be being taken. Members fo the public are asked not to interfere with these activities. Astronomy Society members wil be on hand to guide visitors through the transit event.

Tuesday Night Meetings

In addition to our weekly Friday events the Society also meets on the first and third Tuesday of each month.

These meetings are great for astronomy newcomers as well as for the more experienced, they are less structured than the Friday meetings and have a relaxed, sociable feel to them.

We chat about astronomy and science related subjects, share information, and help each other with advice on equipment matters, astrophotography, observing etc.

There is currently a telescope building project on the go (anyone can join in), we have a Tuesday night Facebook group, and we organise observing trips, both to our Observatory and to other dark sky sites in the area.

James Webb Space Telescope - the countdown begins

Many people have been wowed by the amazing images from the Hubble Space Telescope for more than two decades.

But in the not too distant future a new Space Telescope will be ready for launch.

The James Webb Space Telescope [JWST] has been under construction for more than 10 years and with increasing costs has faced many calls for it to be scrapped. However following a current spend of around $10 billion the JWST has got to the final hurdle before ground based testing begins.

Scheduled for launch some time in 2018, the components of the JWST have finally been married together recently with space-frame and mirrors made in the USA, Instruments in Europe - including the UK, and various important electronics and cameras from Canada.

Citizen Science needs you

Dopes your computer stay powered on for some time every day?

Does is stand idle while you go make a cup of tea?

Do you watch as the egg-timer trundles away while you download the latest movie across your slow internet connection?

If you can answer yes to any of these questions then you could release your PC to do something interesting and cool for the benefit of science.

Mass-participation offline number-crunching is the latest way to get involved in science investigation.

Just turn over your pc to use some of its spare capacity to crunch the numbers from a world-wide science collaboration.

To find out more check this out .... 

The Stars by Night - a guidebook to planning an evenings observations

Ever wondered about doing a  simple observing program.

This one is about as simple as it gets - observe one star each night - for every night for a whole year.

About 150 years ago this was the aim of a local amateur astronomer and he published a guidebook to help other observers undertake the observing plan.

Now the guidebook is being re-released by a local publisher.

For more details check out this blog....


Meteor Showers 2016 to 2018

The Autumn and Winter of 2016, 2017 and 2018 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.

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.

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