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,
10th June
2022
Stellar Population Models: theoretical spectra for studying galaxies up to the dawn of time
A talk by Professor Claudia Maraston of the University of Portsmouth
Clanfield Memorial Hall - start time 8:00pm

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Saturday,
18th June
2022
Public Sun Live Event Sold Out!
Sun Live
- start time 1:00pm

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Astronomical Events for May 2022

Moon

First Quarter
9th May
Full Moon
16th May
Third Quarter
22nd May

New Moon
30th May

2 May – The Moon will be 3.2° left of Mercury, with the Pleiades 2.8° right of Mercury.  You will need a clear northwest horizon to see them.  If you are using a telescope or binoculars to view Mercury, you must be sure the Sun has set from your location.

22 May – The Moon will be 5.8° south of Saturn.

24 May – dawn – The Moon will be 2.8° south of Mars, and with Jupiter also visible they form a right-angled triangle in the eastern horizon.

Clair-Obscur Effects

10 May – evening – Find the Jura Mountains and see if you can spot the Jewelled Handle.

Lunar Eclipse

16 May – 02:32 BST – Total lunar eclipse, starts at 02:32 BST when the Moon enters Earth’s penumbral outer shadow, the darker umbra is at 03:27 BST when the Moon will be about 11° above the south-western horizon, with totality at 04:29 BST, by this time the Moon will be about 4° above the south-western horizon.

Planets

1 May – 05:00 BST – Jupiter and Venus will be separated by 22 arcminutes, they can be seen low above the east horizon.

4 May – 01:00 BST – Minor planet 13 Egeria (mag. +10.0) reaches opposition.  It can be found in Libra where is it 1° west-southwest of Zubenelgenubi.

5 May – Also in Libra is minor planet 18 Melpomene (mag. +10.3) which reaches opposition today.  Look for it in the northern part of the constellation.

15 May – Venus reaches aphelion.

18 May – morning – Mars will be half a degree south of Neptune.  A telescope will be needed as the sky will be brightening making it difficult to see Neptune.

18 May – Jupiter will be 6.5° east-northeast of Mars.

29 May – 03:00 BST – Mars will be 0.6° north of Jupiter.  Look for them in the east.

Occultations

13 May – 01:56-02:46 BST – The Moon will occult double-star Porrima (Gamma (γ) Virginis).  Start observing from about 01:30 BST.

27 May – Venus will be occulted by the Moon

Meteor Showers

6 May – If you are up before dawn, this is a good time to view the Eta-Aquariid meteors which peaks in June.

Comets

1 May – Comet C/2017 K2 (PanSTARRS) will be in the constellation of Aquila. RA 18 53 04, DEC +11 39 02, mag. +8.

15 May – C/2017 K2 (PanSTARRS) can be now see in the constellation of Ophiuchus. RA 18 44 02, DEC +11 08 07, mag. +7.

Miscellaneous

24 May – Start of noctilucent cloud season, look for them 90-120 minutes after sunset just above the northwest horizon, or 90-120 minutes before sunrise just above the northeast horizon.

Moon Image Credit: Steve Knight
Jupiter & Mars Images Credit: NASA
Noctilucent Clouds Image Credit: Steve Knight

Hampshire Sky

Hampshire Astronomical Group Online Magazine

The May 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 August 2022 to make the September 2022 Issue. 

 

Open Evenings at the Observatory


We have now set some dates for Open Evenings from September to December 2022.

Open Evening Dates:

Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th September 2022

Sunday 2nd October 2022

Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd October 2022

Friday 4th - Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th November 2022

Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th November 2022

Friday 2nd - Saturday 3rd & Sunday 4th December 2022

Tickets can be purchased on our website through Ticket Tailor.

https://hantsastro.org.uk/openevenings/index.php

Please Note: Minimum age is set at 8 years old.

Tickets are selling fast.

New dates for 2023 Will be uploaded to the website around the 15th October 2022.

Sun Live at the Clanfield Observatory

Sun Live Event - See the Sun in all its Explosive Glory !

Clanfield Observatory offer a rare chance to see the Sun's surface in real time using special Sun Filters.
Depending on the weather conditions and the activity on the Sun this is a chance to see Prominences and Sun Spots using Hydrogen Alpha and other special Filters.
Should the weather prevent views of the Sun we will give a tour of the observatory and an illustrated talk about the Sun.

Please Note: Entrance is exclusively by pre purchased tickets priced at Adults - £6 each for 16 and under £4 each. (Minimum age 8 years old).

The dates for these events is Saturday 18th June & Saturday 9th July 2022. Arrive time 12.45pm for a 1pm start. The event will finish around 3.30pm
 
For tickets please purchase them using Ticket Tailor on the Sun Live page of the website. 

Sun Live Booking Click Here

Images credit: Phil Reed

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

Friday,
8th July
2022
The History of Women in Astronomy
A talk by Mary McIntyre FRAS
Clanfield Memorial Hall - start time 8:00pm

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Saturday,
9th July
2022
Public Sun Live Event
Sun Live
- start time 1:00pm

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Friday,
12th August
2022
Summer Break
No Lecture this Month
None - start time 8:00pm

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Friday,
9th September
2022
TBA
A talk by Professor Chris Lintott
Clanfield Memorial Hall - start time 8:00pm

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Saturday,
17th September
2022
Public Open Evening
Saturn & Jupiter
Clanfield Observatory - start time 7:30pm

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Sunday,
18th September
2022
Public Open Evening
Saturn & Jupiter
Clanfield Observatory - start time 7:30pm

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Saturday,
1st October
2022
Public Open Evening Sold Out!
Saturn Jupiter & Moon
- start time 7:15pm

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Sunday,
2nd October
2022
Public Open Evening
Saturn Jupiter & Moon
Clanfield Observatory - start time 7:15pm

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Friday,
14th October
2022
TBA
A talk by
Clanfield Observatory - start time 8:30pm

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Saturday,
22nd October
2022
Public Open Evening
Saturn & Jupiter
Clanfield Observatory - start time 7:15pm

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Sunday,
23rd October
2022
Public Open Evening
Saturn & Jupiter
Clanfield Observatory - start time 7:15pm

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Friday,
4th November
2022
Public Open Evening
Saturn Jupiter & Moon
Clanfield Observatory - start time 7:15pm

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Saturday,
5th November
2022
Public Open Evening
Saturn Jupiter & Moon
Clanfield Observatory - start time 7:15pm

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Sunday,
6th November
2022
Public Open Evening
Saturn Jupiter & Moon
Clanfield Observatory - start time 7:15pm

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Friday,
11th November
2022
There is no public lecture in November
A talk by
Clanfield Observatory

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Saturday,
19th November
2022
Public Open Evening
Saturn Jupiter & Mars
Clanfield Observatory - start time 7:15pm

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Sunday,
20th November
2022
Public Open Evening
Saturn Jupiter & Mars
Clanfield Observatory - start time 7:15pm

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

Friday,
2nd December
2022
Public Open Evening
Saturn Jupiter Mars Moon
- start time 7:15pm

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Saturday,
3rd December
2022
Public Open Evening Sold Out!
Saturn Jupiter Mars Moon
- start time 7:15pm

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Sunday,
4th December
2022
Public Open Evening
Saturn Jupiter Mars Moon
Clanfield Observatory - start time 7:15pm

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Friday,
9th December
2022
TBA
A talk by TBA
Clanfield Memorial Hall - start time 8:00pm

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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: -  For details to book yourself onto this course click here

Monitoring the Oceans from Space: - For details to book yourself onto this course click here

How to Survive on Mars: the Science Behind the Human Exploration of Mars:- For details to book yourself onto this course click here