Hampshire Astronomical Group

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Hampshire Astronomical Group welcome you!

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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. 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...

Wednesday,
8th December
2021
ESA PLATO Mission: Planetary transients and oscillation of stars
A talk by Don Pollacco
Zoom meeting - start time 8:00pm

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Friday,
10th December
2021
Science of Santa
A talk by Dr Steve Barrett
Zoom - 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!
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Astronomical Events for November 2021

Moon

1 November – morning – The Moon’s libration makes this is a good time to view Mare Orientale.

7 November – evening – The crescent Moon and Venus will be separated by 7.2°, with the planet east of the Moon.

10 November – 17:45 UT – The Moon lies 5° south of Saturn.

11 November – 17:45 UT – The Moon will be 5.2° south of Jupiter.

19 November – 06:02-07:18 UT – Partial eclipse of the Moon which will be visible in the UK as the Moon sets.

28 November – Libration will give us a good view of the southwest limb of the Moon allowing us to see the dark lava patches in and around the Mare Orientale basin.

Moon – Clair-obscur Effects

11 November – 23:30 UT – Using a telescope, try and view the Lunar X and V which can be seen on the terminator.

27 November – The clair-obscur effect known as ‘The Cutlass’ will be visible tonight.  The Straight Wall creates the blade, and the handle is formed by the Stag’s Horn mountains.

Planets

2 November – 06:00 UT – Mercury will be 4° north of Spica (Alpha Virginis).  They will be low above the east-southeast horizon.  About 20° above Mercury will be the crescent Moon.

3 November – 00:00 UT – Ceres will be 7 arcminutes south of Aldebaran.

3 November – 06:15 UT – Mercury and the crescent Moon can be seen close together, with the Moon 6° to the west-northwest of the planet.

4 November – morning – Mercury and a less than 1%-lit Moon will be separated by 7°.

4/5 November – Uranus is at opposition and can be found in the southern portion of Aries.

8 November – 17:00 UT – Tonight Venus will be 6.3° to the west of the Moon.

13 November – 18:35 UT – Neptune can be seen 5° north of the Moon.

18 November – 01:50 UT – Uranus will be 2° north of the Moon.

27 November – Ceres is at opposition and can be viewed using binoculars.

Galilean Moon Occultations, Transits and Eclipses

6 November – 16:45-21:20 UT – Transit of Callisto across Jupiter’s disc.

9 November – evening – Transit of Ganymede’s shadow across Jupiter; the event ends at 18:36 UT.

16 November – 19:08-22:36 UT – Ganymede’s shadow makes another transit across Jupiter’s disc.

Meteor Showers

12 November – Peak of the Northern Taurid meteor shower with a ZHR of 5 meteors an hour, the meteors produce a wide-broad peak and slow bright trails.

17/18 November – Peak of the Leonid meteor shower, however there will be an almost full Moon to spoil the display.



Moon Image Credit: Steve Broadbent

Mercury Image Credit: NASA
Meteor Shower Image Credit: Stellarium

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

Saturday,
8th January
2022
Public Open Evening Sold Out!
- start time 7:15pm

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Sunday,
9th January
2022
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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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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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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