Hampshire Astronomical Group

Established 1960, Online since 1998

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Hampshire Astronomical Group welcome you!

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The Hampshire Astronomical Group operating from its Clanfield Observatory base on the boarders of the villages of Horndean and Clanfield is reputed to be one of the best equipped amateur observatories in the UK.

Situated in the beautiful South Downs National Park we aim to bring the beauty of the night sky to the people of Hampshire and surrounding areas.

We hold many outreach events both at the observatory and further afield supported by our many volunteers who are keen to share their knowledge with you.

We hold monthly pre-booked open weekend evenings either 2 or 3 nights per month throughout the autumn to spring and in addition, during the summer, we hold solar observing sessions at the observatory. We also accommodate private group visits on selected evenings by prior arrangement – see our school and club visits page.

We run astronomy courses and the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme at the observatory and offer outside speakers to organisations wanting a talk on some aspect of astronomy.

We have well nurtured relationships with organisations such as the South Downs Planetarium in Chichester, Winchester Science Centre, South Downs National Park and a number of colleges and Universities in Hampshire. We collaborate closely with the University of Portsmouth Physics Department and have good links with the Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation, also at the University of Portsmouth.

We hold monthly public lectures at the Clanfield Memorial Hall in South Lane (details below) often given by eminent speakers where members of the public are welcome to attend. No prior booking is necessary.

You can follow the activities of the Hampshire Astronomical Group by regularly visiting this website or follow us on our Facebook page.

Graham Bryant FRAS
President:  Hampshire Astronomical Group

What's on in the next month...

Friday,
12th October
2018
Ray Bootland Memorial Lecture: Making a Solar System: A Recipe for Worlds
A talk by Dr Ashley King
Clanfield Memorial Hall - start time 7:45pm

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Saturday,
20th October
2018
Public Open Evening Sold Out!
- start time 7:15pm

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Sunday,
21st October
2018
Public Open Evening Sold Out!
- start time 7:15pm

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Astronomical Events for September 2018

Moon

3 Sept – after midnight – The Moon will be half a degree from Aldebaran.

13 Sept – The crescent Moon is in the southwest just after sunset. Jupiter will be 6° below the Moon, and it may also be possible to see Venus if you have a flat horizon.

25 Sept – 03:54 BST – Full Moon, also known as the Harvest Moon.

Planets

1 Sept – 16:00 BST – Using a telescope, look south and it will be possible to see Venus with Spica 1.2° north and slightly east of the planet.

3 Sept – 18:25-19:05 BST – Double shadow transit of Io and Europa across Jupiter. Jupiter will be approximately 19° above the horizon and will be just west of south at the start of the transit.

5 Sept – Saturn is 1.3° from M21, 1.75° from M20 (the Trifid Nebula), and approximately 2° from M8 (the Lagoon Nebula).

5 Sept – 17:48-1935 BST – Transit of Ganymede’s shadow on Jupiter’s disc.

5 Sept – before dawn – Mercury is 2° north-west of Regulus.

7 Sept – Neptune is at opposition and can be found in Aquarius.

16 Sept – Mars is at perihelion, a good time to watch for extensive dust storms.

17 Sept – after Sunset – Saturn can be seen below and right of the Moon.

19 Sept – 23:30 BST – Mars will be 5.5° from the Moon. Look for them in the south-southwest.

24 Sept – Good time to view Mare Orientale due to the Moon’s libration.

27 Sept – Uranus is approximately 7° from the Moon.

Comets

2 Sept – Comet 21P/Giacobini-Zinner may be at mag. +7.1, and at 01:00 BST on 3 September will be 1° southwest of Capella.

10 Sept – Comet 21P/Giacobini-Zinner reaches perihelion.

12 Sept – Comet 21P/Giacobini-Zinner can be found on the southwest edge of M37 in Auriga.

15 Sept – Comet 21P/Giacobini-Zinner is north of M35 in Gemini in the morning, and in the evening it will be south of M35.

24 Sept – Comet 21P/Giacobini-Zinner crosses NGC 2264 (the Cone Nebula).

Meteor Showers

9 Sept – Peak of the Piscid meteor shower with a ZHR of 10 meteors an hour.

9 Sept – Peak of the Epsilon Perseids with a ZHR of 5 meteors an hour.

Occultations

21/22 Sept – 21:26 BST – The Moon occults the star gamma Cap. The star emerges from behind the Moon at 22:18 BST.

23/24 Sept – At 22:06 BST psi2 Aquarii is occulted by the Moon, reappearing at 22:25 BST. At 22:41 BST psi2 Aquarii disappears behind the Moon.

Misc

23 Sept – 02:55 BST – Autumn equinox when the centre of the Sun’s disc crosses the celestial equator.

Moon Image Credit: Steve Broadbent
Jupiter & Mars images Credit: NASA
Comet Image Credit: Steve Futcher

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

Friday,
9th November
2018
The Search for Life on Exoplanets
A talk by Dr Paul B Rimmer
Clanfield Memorial Hall - start time 7:45pm

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Friday,
16th November
2018
Public Open Evening - Moon Watch Sold Out!
- start time 7:15pm

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Saturday,
17th November
2018
Public Open Evening - Moon Watch Sold Out!
- start time 7:15pm

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Sunday,
18th November
2018
Public Open Evening - Moon Watch Sold Out!
- start time 7:15pm

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Friday,
14th December
2018
How We'll Live on Mars
A talk by Colin Stuart
Clanfield Memorial Hall - start time 7:45pm

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Saturday,
15th December
2018
Public Open Evening Sold Out!
- start time 7:15pm

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Sunday,
16th December
2018
Public Open Evening Sold Out!
- start time 7:15pm

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Friday,
11th January
2019
The Cradle of the Sun - Did Our Solar System Form in a Star Cluster?
A talk by Dr Richard J Parker
Clanfield Memorial Hall - start time 7:45pm

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Saturday,
12th January
2019
Public Open Evening
Moon, Mars and Orion
Clanfield Observatory - start time 7:15pm

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Sunday,
13th January
2019
Public Open Evening
Moon, Mars and Orion
Clanfield Observatory - start time 7:15pm

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Friday,
8th February
2019
The search for Planet Vulcan
A talk by Paul Fellows
Clanfield Memorial Hall - start time 7:45pm

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Saturday,
16th February
2019
Public Open Evening
Moon, Mars and Orion
Clanfield Observatory - start time 7:15pm

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Sunday,
17th February
2019
Public Open Evening
Moon, Mars and Orion
Clanfield Observatory - start time 7:15pm

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Friday,
15th March
2019
Public Open Evening - Spring Moon Watch
Moon, Mars and Orion
- start time 7:15pm

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Saturday,
16th March
2019
Public Open Evening - Spring Moon Watch
Moon, Mars and Orion
- start time 7:15pm

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Sunday,
17th March
2019
Public Open Evening - Spring Moon Watch
Moon, Mars and Orion
- start time 7:15pm

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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 17th October 2018 - Our Solar System, compared to exoplanets - Talk by Dr Amaury Triaud (University of Birmingham)

Wednesday 14th November 2018 - It's about time - Talk by Professor Don Kurtz (University of Central Lancashire)

Wednesday 12th December 2018 - How we'll live on Mars - Talk by Colin Stuart (RAS)

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  Winchester Science Centre.

 Image Credit: © Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium.

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 28th September - 7.30pm - Autumn Stars, Moon and Planets

Sunday 30th September - 3.30pm - The Northern Lights

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/

Images credit:- Southdowns Planetarium 

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

Friday,
10th May
2019
Multimessenger Astronomy
A talk by Dr Stephen Webb
Clanfield Memorial Hall - start time 7:45pm

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Future Learn Free Astronomy Courses

FutureLearn is a leading social learning platform, enabling digital education through conversation.  FutureLearn offers free and paid for online courses and degrees from world-leading UK and international universities as well as courses from companies, centres of research excellence and specialist education providers.  FutureLearn partners with over a quarter of the world’s top universities and organisations such as Accenture, Microsoft, the British Council, European Space Agency, Houses of Parliament, Raspberry Pi and Cancer Research UK.   

FutureLearn provides a range of free online courses from some of the world's leading educators. Courses are created by UK and international universities, as well as cultural institutions and global centres of excellence in a range of subject areas, like the British Council and the European Space Agency.

A number of Astronomy courses are listed in the website's Science, Engineering and Maths category. Recent titles have included 'Moons' and 'In the Night Sky: Orion', both from The Open University. The lead educator on the Orion course, Professor Monica Grady, CBE, worked as part of the project team that successfully landed the Philae probe on a comet last November.

An added advantage of FutureLearn is its focus on 'social learning', whereby learners from all over the world can have conversations about the topics covered during a course with one another, and with the academics leading the course.

FutureLearn adds courses throughout the year and repeats popular titles, so the easiest way to keep up to date is to register on the website. Details on upcoming Astronomy courses will also be listed here.

Next Free Online Astronomy Courses:

Moons: - Available now for details to book yourself onto this course click here

Monitoring the Oceans from Space: - Date to be announced for details to book yourself onto this course click here

Earth Observation from Space: the Optical View: - Date to be announced for details to book yourself onto this course click here