Hampshire Astronomical Group

Established 1960, Online since 1998

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The Hampshire Astronomical Group operating from its Clanfield Observatory base on the borders 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,
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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Astronomical Events for November 2018

Moon

2 November – 01:30 UT – The Moon will be 2° north of Regulus, at 03:30 UT they will be 1.5° apart.

6 November – 06:00 UT – A thin crescent Moon will be 8.3° north of Venus, they can be seen low in the east-southeast.  The star seen 3.7° above Venus is Spica.

8 November – 20 minutes after sunset, look low in the southwest and you will see the Moon 3.2° north of Jupiter, with Mercury 10° left of Jupiter.

11 November – 17:00 UT – The Moon will be low in the south-southwest with Saturn approximately 45 arcminutes to the right and slightly below the Moon.

16 November – Good time to view the Moon’s crater Plato.

23 November – Aldebaran will be 1° south of the full Moon creating a photographic challenge of imaging the Moon along with the Hyades open cluster.

Planets/Minor Planets

November – Mars will be visible throughout the month and will be at an altitude of 28°, look for the planet in the south.

4 November – Juno will be at mag. 7.5.

6 November – Mercury is at greatest eastern elongation.

12 November – 18:25 – Pluto is occulted by the Moon.

14 November – 06:00 UT, Venus and Spica are close together and can be seen low in the east-southeast.

17 November – Juno is at opposition.

20 November – Venus is in a slender, crescent phase, however you need to get up three hours before sunrise to view this using a telescope.

Meteor Showers

5/6 November – Peak of the Southern Taurid meteor shower with a ZHR of 10 meteors an hour.

12/13 November – Peak of the Northern Taurid meteor shower with a ZHR of 15 meteors an hour, however the peak can last up to 10 days.

17 November – Peak of the Leonid meteor shower with a ZHR of 20 meteors an hour.  Start observing after 00:00 UT.

Comets

7 November – Comet 38P/Stephan-Oterma will be 1° west-southwest of NGC 2392 (Eskimo Nebula).  It will be at its closest on 8/9 and 9/10 November.

18 November – Comet 46P/Wirtanen is predicted to become a naked-eye object today, however its low altitude and the Moon means it is unlikely to be seen, but it will brighten as it moves out of Fornax.

30 November – Comet 46P/Wirtanen is predicted to be mag. +4.9 and can be found just outside southern Cetus.

Miscellaneous

29 November – Mira, a variable star whose brightness varies from mag. +3.4 and mag. +9.3, is getting close to its peak brightness.

Moon Image Credit: Steve Broadbent
Mars Image Credit: NASA
Meteor Shower Image Credit: Stellarium
Comet Image Credit: Steve Futcher

 

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

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 Only 5 places left!
Moon, Mars and Orion
- start time 7:15pm

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

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

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Friday,
15th March
2019
Public Open Evening - Spring Observing Session Only 4 places left!
Moon, Mars and Orion
- start time 7:15pm

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Saturday,
16th March
2019
Public Open Evening - Spring Observing Session Sold Out!
Moon, Mars and Orion
- start time 7:15pm

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

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Saturday,
13th April
2019
Public Open Evening
Adults Only Observing Evening - Arrive 8.45pm - Starts 9pm - Finish 11pm
- start time 8:45pm

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Sunday,
14th April
2019
Public Open Evening
Adults Only Observing Evening - Arrive 8.45pm - Starts 9pm - Finish 11pm
Clanfield Observatory - start time 8:45pm

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Friday,
10th May
2019
Multimessenger Astronomy
A talk by Dr Stephen Webb
Clanfield Memorial Hall - 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 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 

Sunday 18th November - 3.30pm - Autumn Stars, Moon and Planets

Friday 23rd November - 7.30pm - The Hunt for Earth like Planets - and Life

Sunday 25th November - 3.30pm - Hubble's View of the Universe

Friday 30th November - 7.30pm - The Northern Lights

Sunday 2nd December - 3.30pm - Autumn Stars and Galaxies

Friday 7th December - 7.30pm - The Night Sky this Christmas

Sunday 9th December - 3.30pm - The Night Sky at Christmas

Friday 21st December - 3.30pm - To the Moon and Back 50 Years Since Apollo

Friday 21st December - 7.30pm - The Star of Bethlehem

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...

There are no events scheduled.

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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.

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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.

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