Hampshire Astronomical Group

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Hampshire Astronomical Group welcome you!

Thank you for visiting our website

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. Our observatory is situated on the edge of beautiful South Downs National Park.

Like so many other organisations over the past 18 months we too have had to curtail our activities. However, as the lockdown nationally is easing so we are beginning to open the observatory to more activities.

We are hoping that we can begin resuming our very popular Open Evenings for the general public in the autumn and also take private visits for Guides, Scouts U3A and other interested groups etc.. Please keep an eye on this website for further information regarding these open events.
The very popular astronomy course will resume as from September this year – more details can be found in this website under ‘Astronomy courses and then click ‘Astronomy for Beginners Course’. If the September course is oversubscribed (as is often the case) there will be another course starting in January of 2022.

We are hoping to have access to the Clanfield Memorial Hall later this year and our monthly public speakers’ session can be given ‘live’. Currently all speakers both Group members talks and the monthly main public lectures are given via Zoom. For access to these talks, please contact Lindy Bryant at lindy.bryant@hantsastro.org.uk

In the meantime, thank you for visiting our website and we hope to see you in person in the not-too-distant future. If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us via the ‘Contact Information page.

Graham Bryant FRAS
President:  Hampshire Astronomical Group

What's on in the next month...

Friday,
11th February
2022
Appley Bridge meteorite - The Space Rock that Hit Lancashire
A talk by Russell Parry
Zoom - start time 8:00pm

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Saturday,
12th February
2022
Public Open Evening Sold Out!
- start time 7:15pm

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Sunday,
13th February
2022
Public Open Evening Sold Out!
- start time 7:15pm

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Astronomical Events for January 2022

Moon

1 January – 23:00 UT – Lunar perigee, when the Moon is at its closest to the Earth.

2 January – Today’s Moon is known as a perigee new Moon and supermoon, even though you cannot see it.

5 January – evening – The crescent Moon will be 7.5° southwest of Jupiter.

6 January – evening – The crescent Moon will be 9.3° east-southeast of Jupiter.

22 January – morning – On the southwest limb of the Moon it may be possible to see the dark lava patches of Mare Orientale along with the lunar lakes that surround it.

28 January – Good time to view the crater Aristarchus which can be found near the terminator; this 40km crater is the brightest feature we can see on the Moon.

Clair-obscur Effects

12 January – evening – The clair-obscur effect known as the Jewelled Handle will be visible, it appears as an arc of light created by the sun illuminating the Jura mountain peaks.

Planets

1 January – 06:45 UT – Mars will be 5.5° northeast of Antares and can be seen in the southeast.  About 8° east-southeast of Mars is a 2%-lit crescent Moon.

4 January – after sunset – Mercury, Saturn and the crescent Moon form a triangle, look for them low in the southwest.  Jupiter will be following them.

7 January – Mercury reaches greatest eastern elongation when it will appear 19.2° from the Sun.

13 January – Minor planet 7 Iris (mag. +7.7) reaches opposition.  It can be found approximately midway between Pollux (β Geminorum) and Procyon (α Canis Minoris).

13 January – 00:00 UT – Dwarf planet Ceres will be 1.2° south of the Moon.

14 January – 16:57 UT – Mercury and Saturn will appear 3.6° apart and will be visible for approximately 90 minutes after sunset (16:27 UT).

29 January – 06:22 UT – Mars can be seen 5.4° northeast of the crescent Moon, and Venus will be 10.5° northeast of Mars.  Look for them low above the southeast horizon.

Occultations

26 January – 05:23 UT – The Moon occults the double star Zubenelgenubi.  Alpha-1 (α1) disappears at 05:25 UT followed by Alpha-2 (α2) at 05:34 UT.  Alpha-1 will reappear at 06:35 UT and Alpha-2 at 06:43 UT.  The times are for the centre of the UK, so start observing from 05:10 UT.

Meteor Showers

3 January – 20:40 UT – Peak of the Quadrantid meteor shower which can have a ZHR of 60-200 meteors an hour, although its typical ZHR is 120.  The radiant comes from the region bounded by Draco, Boötes and Hercules.

Comets

10 January – Comet C/2019 L3 Atlas reaches perihelion and will appear at its brightest (mag. +9.7).

Miscellaneous

4 January – Earth is at perihelion when we are at our closest to the Sun (0.9833 AU).

8 January – 22:40 UT – A good time to observe Orion as it reaches its highest position in the sky.

Moon Image Credit: Steve Broadbent
Jupiter Image Credit: Mark Batehup

Hampshire Sky

Hampshire Astronomical Group Online Magazine

The January 2022 edition of the Hampshire Sky has now been uploaded to our website.

To find the latest edition of the Hampshire Sky click here

If you have any images or articles you wish to have included in future issues please send them to the editor Gill England @ gill.england@hantsastro.org.uk or Steve Knight steve.knight@hantsastro.org.uk 

Images or articles need to be submitted by 1st April 2022 to make the May 2022 Issue. 

 

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

Saturday,
12th March
2022
Public Open Evening Sold Out!
- start time 7:15pm

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Sunday,
13th March
2022
Public Open Evening Sold Out!
- start time 7:15pm

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Saturday,
9th April
2022
Public Open Evening Sold Out!
- start time 7:45pm

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Sunday,
10th April
2022
Public Open Evening Sold Out!
- start time 7:45pm

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

There are no events scheduled.

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