Hampshire Astronomical Group

Established 1960, Online since 1998

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Hampshire Astronomical Group welcome you!

Formed in Portsmouth in 1960 the ‘Hampshire Astronomical Group’ has grown into one of the finest 'amateur astronomical groups' in the UK.

Our extensively equipped Observatory is situated within the South Downs National Park dark skies reserve on the border of Clanfield and Horndean villages in Hampshire.

The Group hold regular Open Evenings at the Observatory from autumn through to spring; giving visitors the opportunity to view the night sky through our very large telescopes or, if cloudy, a tour of the facilities followed by a lecture on an astronomical topic in our modern (heated) clubroom facility.

Furthermore we hold Solar (sun) observing events where visitors can observe our nearest star the 'sun' viewed through our specialist solar viewing equipment  during  daylight hours in the summer months.

We also host group visits and run astronomical courses for the public at the observatory.

We have a long-established association with the University of Portsmouth where their undergraduates and students can avail themselves of our facilities and knowledge base for furthering their studies.

There is a full programme of monthly public lectures, with eminent guest speakers, held at the Clanfield Memorial Hall where non members are more than welcome to attend.

Access and Information to all our activities (which are supported voluntarily by our very active and enthusiastic membership) are shown on this website.  So please feel free to browse, it is constantly up-dated; so why not bookmark us in your browser and visit regularly.

Clear Nights and Dark Skies.

Richard Judd FRAS
President:  Hampshire Astronomical Group - Clanfield Observatory

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Astronomical Events for August 2018


Moon

14 August – 16:00 BST – Find the crescent Moon can be seen due south, and approximately 5.5° below it is Venus.

17 August – 21:30 BST – The crescent Moon and Jupiter will be separated by 5°.  Look for them in the southwest.

18 August – 18:30 BST – A chance to see the Lunar X, a clair obscure effect, which will be approximately one-third of the way up the terminator.

19 August – The Moon will be near Antares.

21 August – 21:30 BST – The Moon will be separated from Saturn by 5°.

23 August – The Moon will be 6.5° north of Mars.

Planets

2 August – 21:20-22:00 BST – Double shadow transit of the shadows of Jupiter’s moons, Io and Europa.  Look for the planet low in the southwest.

17 August – Venus reaches greatest eastern elongation.  It will appear separated from the Sun by 45.9°.

20 August – 14:15-16:15 BST – The shadows of Io and Europa transits Jupiter.

26 August – Mercury reaches greatest western elongation when 18.3° separates the planet from the Sun.  Look for Mercury just after 05:00 BST when it will be low in the east-northeast.

27 August – 16:50-18:10 BST – Double transit of Io’s and Europa’s shadows.

29 August – 13:40 BST – Ganymede’s shadow starts to cross Jupiter, however the planet will only be 5° above the horizon, but by 15:50 BST it will have risen to an altitude of 17°.

Meteor Showers

12-13 August – 21:00-09:00 BST – Peak of the Perseid meteor shower with a ZHR of 80-110 meteors an hour.

Comets

13 August – Comet 21P/Giacobini-Zinner will be approximately 1° from Stock 5, an open cluster in Cassiopeia.

19 August – 01:00 BST – Comet 21P/Giacobini-Zinner will be approximately 12 arcminutes from Trumpler 3, an open cluster in Cassiopeia.

Moon Image Credit: Steve Broadbent
Jupiter & Mercury Images Credit: NASA

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

Saturday,
22nd September
2018
Public Open Evening Sold Out!
- start time 7:45pm

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Sunday,
23rd September
2018
Public Open Evening Sold Out!
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Friday,
12th October
2018
Making a Solar System: A Recipe for Worlds
A talk by Dr Ashley King
Clanfield Memorial Hall - start time 7:45pm

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Saturday,
20th October
2018
Public Open Evening Sold Out!
- start time 7:15pm

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Sunday,
21st October
2018
Public Open Evening Only 2 places left!
- start time 7:15pm

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Friday,
9th November
2018
The Search for Life on Exoplanets
A talk by Dr Paul B Rimmer
Clanfield Memorial Hall - start time 7:45pm

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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!
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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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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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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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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 17th October 2018 - Our Solar System, compared to exoplanets - Talk by Dr Amaury Triaud (University of Birmingham)

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 19th August - 3.30pm - Hubble's Glorious Universe

Monday 20th August - 3.30pm - The Northern Lights

Tuesday 21st August - 3.30pm - Summertime Stars Moon and Planets

Thursday 23rd August - 3.30pm - Distant Worlds, Alien Life

Monday 27th August - 3.30pm - Distant Worlds, Alien Life

Thursday 30th August - 3.30pm - Seven Wonders of the Solar System

Friday 31st August - 3.30pm - Summertime Stars Moon and Planets

Sunday 2nd September - 3.30pm - One small Step for Major Tim, A Giant Leap Towards Mars
Please note: Major Tim Peake will NOT be present at our show.

Monday 3rd September - 3.30pm - All Aboard! A Tour of the Planets

Friday 14th September - 7.30pm - 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 after the next 6 months...

Friday,
10th May
2019
Multimessenger Astronomy
A talk by Dr Stephen Webb
Clanfield Memorial Hall - start time 7:45pm

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