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...

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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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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Astronomical Events for October 2021

Moon

5 October – 06:00 BST – There will be a 1% lit crescent Moon rising in the east.

7 October – just after sunset – The Moon will be 2% lit and can be seen low in the west-southwest horizon.

9 October – just after sunset – The crescent Moon and Venus will be 2.1° apart and can be seen just above the southwest horizon.

14 October – evening – The Moon will be south of Saturn and Jupiter, creating a triangle.

28 October – 23:30 BST – The Moon begins to rise, and a little later it will be near the Beehive Cluster which will be 2.7° south-southwest of the Moon.  Use binoculars to see the pair of them together.

Moon – Clair-obscur Effects

13 October – 19:45 BST – Look at the crater Ptolemaeus this evening, you might see the Loch Ness Monster’s head and neck.

14 October – 19:30 BST – Look for the clair-obscur effect known as the Eyes of Clavus.

15 October – midnight – When the Moon’s Jura mountains catches the sunlight, it creates the clair-obscur effect known as the Jewelled Handle which will be visible tonight.

Planets

15 October – 19:30 BST – Jupiter will be 5.9° north-west of the Moon.

17 October – 19:30 BST – Neptune will be 4.7° north-west of the Moon.

21 October – 22:40 BST – Uranus is 2° north of the Moon.

25 October – Mercury is at its greatest western elongation, and rises nearly 2 hours before the Sun.

29 October – Venus reaches greatest eastern elongation, but will be difficult to observe.

Galilean Moon Occultations, Transits and Eclipses

4 October – 18:00 BST – Callisto’s shadow starts its transit of Jupiter’s disc, followed by Ganymede’s shadow at 19:50 BST.

21 October – 00:30 BST – Callisto and Io starts to transit Jupiter’s disc.

Meteor Showers

8 October – Peak of the Draconids meteor shower with a ZHR of 5 meteors an hour but has produced a ZHR of over 150 during recent years.

10 October – Peak of the Southern Taurid meteor shower which has a ZHR of 5 meteors an hour.

21 October – Peak of the Orionids but the Moon will spoil the view.

Occultations

3 October – 04:35-05:20 BST – Occultation of Eta Leonis by the crescent Moon.

Miscellaneous

31 October – 02:00 BST – British Summer Time ends when the clocks go back one hour to 01:00 GMT.

Moon Image Credit: Steve Broadbent
Jupiter Image Credit: Mark Batehup
Meteor Shower Image Credit: Stellarium

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...

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!
- start time 7:15pm

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Saturday,
8th January
2022
Public Open Evening
Clanfield Observatory - start time 7:15pm

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Sunday,
9th January
2022
Public Open Evening
- 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
Clanfield Observatory - start time 7:15pm

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Sunday,
13th February
2022
Public Open Evening
Clanfield Observatory - start time 7:15pm

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Saturday,
12th March
2022
Public Open Evening
Clanfield Observatory - start time 7:15pm

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Sunday,
13th March
2022
Public Open Evening
Clanfield Observatory - start time 7:15pm

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Saturday,
9th April
2022
Public Open Evening
Clanfield Observatory - start time 7:45pm

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Sunday,
10th April
2022
Public Open Evening
Clanfield Observatory - 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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