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,
8th October
2021
The Fermi Paradox
A talk by Dr Stephen Webb
Zoom - start time 8:00pm

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Saturday,
16th October
2021
Public Open Evening Sold Out!
Clanfield Observatory - start time 7:15pm

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Sunday,
17th October
2021
Public Open Evening Sold Out!
- start time 7:15pm

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Hampshire Sky

Hampshire Astronomical Group Online Magazine

The September 2021 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 December 2021 to make the January 2022 Issue. 

 

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

Saturday,
13th November
2021
Public Open Evening Sold Out!
- start time 7:15pm

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Sunday,
14th November
2021
Public Open Evening Sold Out!
- start time 7:15pm

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Friday,
10th December
2021
Science of Santa
A talk by Dr Steve Barrett
Clanfield Memorial Hall OR Zoom TBC - start time 8:00pm

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Saturday,
11th December
2021
Public Open Evening Sold Out!
- start time 7:15pm

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Sunday,
12th December
2021
Public Open Evening Sold Out!
- start time 7:15pm

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Friday,
14th January
2022
Time in Einstein's Universe
A talk by Colin Stuart
ZOOM - Details to be confirmed - start time 8:00pm

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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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Astronomical Events for September 2021


Moon

4 September – 04:10 BST – The crescent Moon will be 2.6° from M44 (The Beehive Cluster).

6 September – The Moon will be less than 1% lit and can be seen 5.6° left of Regulus.  The Moon will rise at about 05:10 BST in Portsmouth, or 75 minutes before the Sun.

7 September – Looking low towards the western horizon, 35 minutes after the Sun has set, you may be able to see a very thin crescent Moon.

9 September – Look to the west-southwest horizon just after sunset, there will be a 9%-lit Moon, Venus, and the bright white star Spica.

17 September – 22:30 BST – The Moon will be near Saturn and Jupiter.

20 September – Today’s Moon is known as the Harvest Moon due to it being the closest full Moon to the Autumn equinox.

Moon – Clair-obscur Effects

13 September – 21:30 BST – Look for the clair-obscur effects known as the lunar ‘X’ and ‘V’ which can be seen on the Moon’s terminator.

29 September – morning – Try and view the clair-obscur effect known as ‘Gruithuisen’s Lunar City’ which is located north of crater Schröter W.

Planets

5 September – Venus will be 1.5° north of Spica.

14 September – Mercury reaches greatest eastern elongation when it will be 26.8° from the Sun.  However, the planet isn’t very well placed so viewing will be poor in the UK.

14 September – 10:21 BST – Neptune is at opposition.  The planet can be found in the north-eastern part of Aquarius, close to the boundary with Pisces.  The best time to view the planet is at 01:00 BST when it will be at an altitude of 34° above the south-eastern horizon, and it should be possible to see Neptune’s blue-green disc using a 100-150mm telescope.

15 September – 01.00 BST – Dwarf planet Ceres will be 0.9° south-east of Aldebaran which is in Taurus.

16 September – 21:00 BST – Saturn will be 6.5° north-east of the Moon.

18 September – 21:00 BST – Jupiter is 7.7° north-west of the Moon.

24 September – 23:00 BST – Uranus can be seen 3.4° west of the Moon.

Galilean Moon Occultations, Transits and Eclipses

1 September – 02:33 BST – Callisto transit’s Jupiter’s disc, however the planet will set before the transit ends.

5-6 September – 23:12 BST – Europa begins to transit Jupiter, followed by its shadow at 00:04 BST.  At 02:03 BST, Ganymede will begin its transit and at 03:47 BST the moon’s shadow will start to cross the planet’s disc.

17 September – 23:43 BST – The shadow of Jupiter’s moon Callisto will start to transit the planet’s disc.

27 September – 15:49-19:25 BST – Shadow transit of Ganymede across Jupiter’s disc.

Occultations

2 September – 01:12-02:04 BST – The Moon occults Mebsuta (Epsilon Geminorum, mag. +3.0).  The times will vary slightly depending on your location as they are for central UK.

3 September – 03:41-04:38 BST – Occultation of Kappa Geminorum by a 16%-lit Moon.

Miscellaneous

11 September – Asteroid 2 Pallas reaches opposition today and can be found in Pisces.  At mag. +8.5 it should be possible to see using binoculars.

22 September – 20:21 BST – The Sun crosses the celestial equator, an event known as the Autumn equinox, and marks the start of autumn in the Northern Hemisphere.

Moon Image Credit: Steve Knight
Mercury Image Credit: NASA
Jupiter Image Credit: Mark Batehup

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

There are no events scheduled.

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