Hampshire Astronomical Group

Established 1960, Online since 1998

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Hampshire Astronomical Group welcome you!

Formed in Portsmouth in 1960 the ‘Hampshire Astronomical Group’ has grown into one of the finest 'amateur astronomical groups' in the UK.

Our extensively equipped Observatory is situated within the South Downs National Park dark skies reserve on the border of Clanfield and Horndean villages in Hampshire.

The Group hold regular Open Evenings at the Observatory from autumn through to spring; giving visitors the opportunity to view the night sky through our very large telescopes or, if cloudy, a tour of the facilities followed by a lecture on an astronomical topic in our modern (heated) clubroom facility.

Furthermore we hold Solar (sun) observing events where visitors can observe our nearest star the 'sun' viewed through our specialist solar viewing equipment  during  daylight hours in the summer months.

We also host group visits and run astronomical courses for the public at the observatory.

We have a long-established association with the University of Portsmouth where their undergraduates and students can avail themselves of our facilities and knowledge base for furthering their studies.

There is a full programme of monthly public lectures, with eminent guest speakers, held at the Clanfield Memorial Hall where non members are more than welcome to attend.

Access and Information to all our activities (which are supported voluntarily by our very active and enthusiastic membership) are shown on this website.  So please feel free to browse, it is constantly up-dated; so why not bookmark us in your browser and visit regularly.

Clear Nights and Dark Skies.

Richard Judd FRAS
President:  Hampshire Astronomical Group - Clanfield Observatory

What's on in the next month...

Saturday,
1st April
2017
Public Open Evening Sold Out!
Moon
- start time 7:45pm

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Sunday,
2nd April
2017
Public Open Evening Sold Out!
Moon
- start time 7:45pm

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Friday,
21st April
2017
Transient Events in the Universe
A talk by Professor Jocelyn Bell Burnell
Clanfield Memorial Hall - start time 7:45pm

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Astronomical Events for March 2017

Moon

1 March – The Moon, Mars and Uranus can be seen together with the Moon 4° south-southeast of Uranus and 4.9° south of Mars.  The two planets will be 2° apart.

9 March – Libration means it is a good time to view the Moon’s eastern limb when it will be possible to see Mare Marginis and Mare Humboldtianum.

20 March – 04:00 UT – The Moon and Saturn will appear to be separated by 4°.

25 March – Good time to view the Moon’s western limb due to libration.

Planets

1 March – Last chance to see Venus.  By mid-March it will too close to the Sun to view.

2 March – 22:39 UT – Ganymede and its shadow crosses Jupiter, with the shadow starting its transit at 22:39 UT, ending at 01:10 UT on the 3rd, and Ganymede begins its transit on the 3rd March at 02:06 UT, finishing at 04:02 UT.

10 March – 02:37 UT – Ganymede transits Jupiter a second time this month with the shadow’s transit starting at 02:37 UT and ending at 05:06 UT; the transit of Ganymede beings at 05:30 UT and ends 07:26 UT.

11 March – 20:00 UT – Uranus will be 11 arcseconds from the star HIP 6513 in Pisces, and the star will be approximately 3 arcseconds from Uranus’s moon, Oberon.

19 March – 23:44 UT – Io’s shadow begins to transit Jupiter at 23:44 UT; Io starts it transit at 00:11 UT on the 20th.  The shadow ends it transit at 01:55 UT and Io at 02:21 UT.

29 March – 20:30 BST – Mercury, Mars and the Moon form a celestial triangle.  Mercury can be seen 8° north of the Moon.  Look for them low in the west.

30 March – 20:30 BST – Mars will be 6° north of the Moon.

Comets

22 March – Comet C/2015 V2 Johnson (mag. +9) can be found approximately 3° from NGC 6229 in Hercules, and
will be in this area until the end of the month.

28 March – Comet 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini—Kresak can be found north of the Plough’s pan.

Occultations

4 March – 20:00 UT – The Moon begins to occult the Hyades but will set before the occultation ends.

Miscellaneous

15 March – Mag. +7.3 Vesta can be found in Gemini.  It should be possible to see Vesta using binoculars.

26 March – 01:00 UT – Start of British Summer Time when the clocks go forward one hour.

28 March – NEO 215588 (2003 HF2) will pass about 6.4 million km from us.  At mag. +16 it is a target for CCD imagers and can be found in eastern Taurus, below zeta Tauri.

Moon Image Credit: Steve Knight
Jupiter Image Credit: NASA
Comet Image Credit: Steve Futcher

Southdowns Planetarium

The South Downs Planetarium is a registered educational charity, which is run by a small team of experienced and dedicated volunteers.
The Planetarium operates throughout the year, but is not open every day.

Members of the public are welcome to visit the Planetarium at the show times listed on this website.

Public Shows and Dates

Friday 7th April - 7.30pm - Springtime Stars, Moon and Planets

Sunday 9th April - 3.30pm - The Hunt for Earth-like Planets and Life

Monday 10th April - 3.30pm - The Easter Full Moon

Wednesday 12th April - 1.30pm - One Small Step for Major Tim, A Giant Leap Towards Mars - FULLDOME SHOW

Wednesday 12th April - 3.30pm - One Small Step for Major Tim, A Giant Leap Towards Mars - Sold Out 

Friday 14th April - 7.30pm - The Night Sky This Easter

Monday 17th April - 1.30pm - All Aboard - A Tour of the Planets

Monday 17th April - 3.30pm - All Aboard - A Tour of the Planets

Wednesday 19th April - 3.30pm - The Northern Lights

Friday 21st April - 7.30pm - One Small Step for Major Tim, A Giant Leap Towards Mars - FULLDOME SHOW

Sunday 23rd April - 3.30pm - Springtime Stars and Galaxies

As seats sell out fast, it is essential to book your seat.

Admission Prices: £7.00 for adults, or £5.00 for children 6 to 16yrs. Cash or Cheque Only

The South Downs Planetarium Trust is a Registered Educational Charity No. 1096869.

For further information about all South Downs Planetarium activities, contact: 

The South Downs Planetarium and Science Centre
Sir Patrick Moore Building

Chichester High School Campus
Kingsham Farm
Kingsham Road
Chichester
West Sussex PO19 8RP

For Sat Nav Users:-

Enter PO19 8AE

Tel: 01243 774400
Ticket hotline: 07818 297292



e-mail: sdownsplanet@btconnect.com

http://www.southdowns.org.uk/

What's on between next month and 6 months...

Friday,
12th May
2017
13 Journeys Through Space and Time
A talk by Colin Stuart
Clanfield Memorial Hall - start time 7:45pm

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Friday,
9th June
2017
Space Warps: Citizen Scientist Powered Gravitational Lens Discovery
A talk by Dr Aprajita Verma
Clanfield Memorial Hall - start time 7:45pm

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Friday,
14th July
2017
Brave new worlds: the planets in our galaxy
A talk by Professor Giovanna Tinetti
Clanfield Memorial Hall - start time 7:45pm

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Saturday,
2nd September
2017
Public Open Evening Sold Out!
Moon & Saturn
- start time 7:45pm

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Sunday,
3rd September
2017
Public Open Evening Sold Out!
Moon & Saturn
- start time 7:45pm

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Winchester Science Centre & Planetarium Lecture Series

Adult evening lectures on the second Wednesday's of the Month at 4.30pm and 6.30pm, each follow by a short Planetarium Show about the months sky.

Wednesday 26th April 2017 -- NASA Juno Mission to Jupiter -- Talk by Dr Emma Bunce (University of Leicester)

Wednesday 10th May 2017 -- Euclid: A mission to map the dark Universe -- Talk by Dr Dida Markovic (University of Portsmouth)

Wednesday 14th June 2017 -- When Galaxies Collide -- Talk by Professor Carolin Crawford (University of Cambridge)

Wednesday 12th July 2017 - The Medical Implications of Space Flight - Talk by Steven Cutts FRCS

These events often sell out so pre-book or call to check on (01962) 863791

For more details on the talks and tickets please visit the Intech web site

What's on after the next 6 months...

Friday,
29th September
2017
Public Open Evening - Autumn Moon Watch
Moon & Saturn
- start time 7:15pm

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Saturday,
30th September
2017
Public Open Evening - Autumn Moon Watch
Moon & Saturn
- start time 7:15pm

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Sunday,
1st October
2017
Public Open Evening - Autumn Moon Watch
Moon & Saturn
- start time 7:15pm

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Friday,
13th October
2017
Title TBA
A talk by Professor Lucie Green
Clanfield Memorial Hall - start time 7:45pm

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Friday,
10th November
2017
Astrobiology : Tour of the Solar System
A talk by William Joyce
Clanfield Memorial Hall - start time 7:45pm

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Friday,
8th December
2017
Cosmology (details to come later)
A talk by Dr Chris Pearson
Clanfield Memorial Hall - start time 7:45pm

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Friday,
12th January
2018
Title TBA
A talk by Michael Maunder
Clanfield Memorial Hall - start time 7:45pm

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Friday,
9th March
2018
Title TBA
A talk by Dr Samantha Penny
Clanfield Memorial Hall - start time 7:45pm

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After Dark at Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium

After Dark: adults only

Thursday 27th April, Wednesday 24th May, Wednesday 21st June & Wednesday 19th July.

Visit the planetarium and play about in the exhibition after the kids have gone home. Activities run throughout the evening so no problem if you cannot get here for 6pm or if you need to leave early.

Ticket price: £10/£8 including one planetarium show and entry to the centre. Add the other show for just +£2.

Teachers: free entry (includes one show); send requests in advance by email using your school/college email address.

Online booking (if you want to see both shows, add the second on the next page)

Telephone bookings (01962) 891925. Please have your credit/debit card ready. If the front desk is too busy for staff to answer your call straight away you can leave your number and they will call you back.

Strictly ages 18yr+ (if you're lucky enough to look younger, please bring ID).

For more details of the events please check out After Dark