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...

Wednesday,
29th January
2020
Stargazing Live
University of Portsmouth
Portsmouth Dockyard - start time 6:00pm
Saturday,
1st February
2020
Public Open Evening Sold Out!
- start time 7:15pm

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Sunday,
2nd February
2020
Public Open Evening Sold Out!
- start time 7:15pm

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Friday,
14th February
2020
Rebel Star: The Sun's Greatest Mysteries
A talk by Colin Stuart
Clanfield Memorial Hall - start time 7:45pm

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Astronomical Events for January 2020


Moon

2 January – 20:30 UT – Good opportunity to observe the clair-obscur effects known as the lunar X and V.

8 January – The Moon will cross the northern half of NGC 1647, an open cluster in Taurus.

23 January – 07:40 UT – The Moon will be 3.3° southeast of Jupiter, and can be seen low in the southeast.

25 January – A less than 1%-lit crescent Moon can be seen 2.5° below Mercury, look for them low in the southwest as the sun sets.

28 January – 15:15 UT – The Moon will be 4.9° southeast of Venus.  The Moon will due south at an altitude of 27°.

Planets

4 January – 18:00 UT – Uranus will be 5° north of the Moon.

5 January – 08:00 UT – Earth is at perihelion when it is at its closest to the Sun.

17 January – 07:00 UT – Mars is 5° north of Antares.

20 January – 07:00 UT – Mars is 6° east of the Moon with Antares close by.

27 January – 18:00 UT – Neptune can be found 4.5 arcminutes to the left of Venus.

Comets

24/25 January – Comet C/2017 T2 PanSTARRS can be seen passing the Double Cluster in Perseus creating a great opportunity for astrophotographers.  There will be an opportunity to image this from 24/25 January through to 30/31 January.

Meteor Showers

3/4 January – Peak of the Quadrantid meteor shower with a ZHR of 120 meteors an hour.  Best time to start observing is after 01:10 on the 4 January as the Moon will have set.

Occultations

9 January – 17:00 UT – Mu Geminorum is occulted by the Moon.

Eclipses

10 January – 19:00 UT – Penumbral eclipse of the Moon.  The eclipse starts at 17:07 UT, however the Moon will only be at an altitude of 10°.  Greatest eclipse occurs at 19:11 when the Moon will be at an altitude of 25°.  The eclipse will end at 21:12 UT.  As this is difficult to see visually, it is best to image the event.

Moon Image Credit: Steve Knight
Mars Image Credit: NASA

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. 

The South Downs Planetarium recently welcomed it 250,000th visitor since the planetarium opened in 2001. This was a significant milestone in the Charity's aim of bringing the wonders and glory of the universe and the night sky to the general public.

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

Public Shows and Dates   

Friday 31st January -- 7.30pm -- The Northern Lights     Sold Out 
 
Sunday 2nd February -- 3.30pm -- The Northern Lights
 
Friday 7th February -- 7.30pm -- Wintertime Stars, Moon & Planets
 
Saturday 8th February -- 4pm to 8pm -- South Downs National Park Dark Skies Festival
 
Sunday 9th February -- 3.30pm -- Seven Wonders of the Solar System
 
Thursday 13th February -- 6pm to 9pm -- South Downs National Park Dark Skies Festival
 
Friday 14th February -- 7.30pm -- Stars on Frosty Winter Nights
 
Sunday 16th February -- 3.30pm -- The Moon Landing Experience
 
Monday 17th February -- 1.30pm -- All Aboard a Tour of the Planets
 
Monday 17th February -- Stars on Frosty Winter Nights
 
Tuesday 18th February -- 1.30pm -- Distant Worlds Alien Life
 
Tuesday 18th February -- 4pm to 8pm -- South Downs National Park Dark Skies Festival
 
Wednesday 19th February -- 1.30pm -- Stars on Frosty Winter Nights
 
Wednesday 19th February -- 3.30pm -- All Aboard a Tour of the Planets
 
Thursday 20th February -- 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 between next month and 6 months...

Saturday,
29th February
2020
Public Open Evening Sold Out!
- start time 7:15pm

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Sunday,
1st March
2020
Public Open Evening Sold Out!
- start time 7:15pm

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Friday,
13th March
2020
The Antikythera Mechanism
A talk by John Lancashire
Clanfield Memorial Hall - start time 7:45pm

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Saturday,
4th April
2020
Public Open Evening -- Adult Only Evening Sold Out!
- start time 8:30pm

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Sunday,
5th April
2020
Public Open Evening -- Adult Only Evening Sold Out!
- start time 8:30pm

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Friday,
17th April
2020
Manufacturing of Launchers, Spacecraft and Satellites - How materials survive in Space
A talk by Andrew Norman
Clanfield Memorial Hall - start time 7:45pm

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Friday,
15th May
2020
Great Comets and Great disappointments
A talk by Nick James
Clanfield Memorial Hall - start time 7:45pm

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Friday,
12th June
2020
TBA: HOYS-CAPS / Star Formation
A talk by Dr Dirk Froebrich
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 12th February 2020 - Communicating with both Astronauts on the Moon and Rovers on Mars directly from the UK - Talk by Matthew Cosby.

Wednesday 18th March 2020 - The Colour and the Shape: Understanding Galaxy Evolution Through Simple Observations of the Local Universe.

Wednesday 22nd April 2020 - The Human Body in Long Term Space Flight on the ISS - Talk by Paul Muckelt.

Wednesday 20th May 2020 - Plasma: Barriers for Space Exploration and Gifts for Human from the Universe - Talk by Dr Min Kwan Kim.

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.

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

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