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. 

Next course starts on Wednesday 9th November 2019 and also on Wednesday 5th February 2020

See below for more information.

Apollo 11 50th Anniversary celebrations July 2019

In July 2019 many people will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Moon landings, starting with Apollo 11 on 20th July.

As part of these celebrations, HAPS is holding a  presentation by Society President,  Robert Williams, detailing some of the less-well known facts about the program and of the Apollo 11 mission itself.

The talk will take place on Friday 19th July at 7.30pm to 9-9.30pm at our meeting room at 4A Railway Street.

The presentation is free to everyone, but demand may be high so please register your interest using our 'Contact Us' web form.

HAPS / HAS website

Over the past few months this website has experienced some issues. It maybe some time before this issues are resolved, however, please check out the Astronomy Society's Facebook page for regular updates until the website is up-to-date.....

Beginners Astronomy Course - update

The Beginners Astronomy Course for 2019-2020 are still being put together. Course dates are now set for 9th October to 13th November 2019 inclusive and 5th February to 11th March 2020 inclusive.

More details will be published on the Astronomy Society's Facebook page, at :

If you wish to inquire about the next course starting in Autumn 2019, please use the Contact form on the website. This can be found on the 'The Society' tab above.


Individual and Group visits to the Observatory - Important News!

The Astronomy Society no longer has access to the site formerly known as 'The Observatory'.

If you are a community group in Kirklees we can offer to bring a telescope - and provide a presentation about stargazing - to your community group, at your venue.

All we ask is for a donation to the Astronomy Society in return

If you would like to take up this offer please contact the Astronomy Society at least 4 to 6 weeks in advance. This is to allow time to check availability of personnel.

Please view our Outreach information... click on the Observatory tab above and select Outreach - for more general information about services we can offer to community groups.

2019-2020 Program of events - downloadable edition

This is the draft program of events. All events are subject to change at short notice. The list will be updated when any events is changed.

2019 - HAPS will be celebrating is 50th Birthday

Details of this event and others planned as part of our celebration will be posted here in due course

Watch this space!

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.

Meteor Showers 2019 to 2021

The years of 2019, 2020 and 2021 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.

The Summer Night Sky

At this time of year nights are short but it is possible to get very clear , very still evenings which  can afford amazing view of the Moon, for example.

August kicks off the major meteor shower year with the Perseids, which this year are blighted by a near full Moon, making observing them difficult.

Planets are also challenging to locate.

More details in the enclosed notes and star charts

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