Hampshire Astronomical Group

Established 1960, Online since 1998

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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.

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...

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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Saturday,
16th February
2019
Public Open Evening Sold Out!
Moon, Mars and Orion
- start time 7:15pm

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Sunday,
17th February
2019
Public Open Evening Sold Out!
Moon, Mars and Orion
- start time 7:15pm

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Astronomical Events for January 2019


Moon

1 Jan – 05:00 UT – The Moon and Venus will appear close together.

16 Jan – 23:00 UT – Look for the lunar clair obscure effect called the Twin Spires of Messier, look for the craters Messier and Messier A to see this effect.

12 Jan – The Moon will be 6.3° below Mars.

17 Jan – Find the southern cusp of Sinus Iridum on the Moon and try and see the clair obscure effect known as Cassini’s Moon Maiden.

21 Jan – 03:34 UT to 07:00 UT – Total eclipse of the Moon which will be 7° west of M44 (the Beehive Cluster).

Planets

2 Jan – 05:00 UT – Looking low in the south-southeast Venus and the Moon will appear, next will be Jupiter then at 07:30 UT Mercury will appear.

3 Jan – 05:19 UT – Earth reaches perihelion when it will be at its closest to the Sun.

6 Jan – Venus reaches greatest western elongation.

13 Jan – 1.8° separates Mercury and Saturn, however the planets will be low in the southeast about 20 minutes before sunrise.

15 Jan – Eros, a minor planet, will be approximately 0.209 AU from Earth, and can be found in Perseus. At 00:00 UT it will be 6° east of Epsilon Persei.

22 Jan – 05:45 UT – Jupiter and Venus will be separated by 2.5°, they will be low in the southeast.

31 Jan – 05:30 UT – Jupiter, Venus and the Moon will be close together. Venus will be 4.5° to the east of the Moon, and Jupiter will be 4° west of the Moon.  They can be seen low in the southeast.

Comets

5 Jan – Comets 46P/Wirtanen and 38P/Stephan-Oterma are in the constellation of Lynx and tonight is a good time to look for them. Both comets will be visible all month.

Meteor Showers

4 Jan – 02:00 UT – Peak of the Quadrantid meteor shower with a ZHR of 120 meteors an hour, however you will probably see about 60-80 meteors an hour. Start watching from midnight.

Moon image credit: Steve Broadbent
Jupiter image credit: NASA

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

Friday,
15th March
2019
Public Open Evening - Spring Observing Session Sold Out!
Moon, Mars and Orion
- start time 7:15pm

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Saturday,
16th March
2019
Public Open Evening - Spring Observing Session Sold Out!
Moon, Mars and Orion
- start time 7:15pm

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Sunday,
17th March
2019
Public Open Evening - Spring Observing Session Sold Out!
Moon, Mars and Orion
- start time 7:15pm

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Friday,
12th April
2019
Gravity, dark energy and the dance of galaxies with Euclid
A talk by Dr Seshadri Nadathur
Clanfield Memorial Hall - start time 7:45pm

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Saturday,
13th April
2019
Public Open Evening Sold Out!
Adults Only Observing Evening - Arrive 8.45pm - Starts 9pm - Finish 11pm
- start time 8:45pm

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Sunday,
14th April
2019
Public Open Evening Sold Out!
Adults Only Observing Evening - Arrive 8.45pm - Starts 9pm - Finish 11pm
- start time 8:45pm

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

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Friday,
14th June
2019
Ten Ways the Universe Tries to Kill You
A talk by Stephen Tonkin FRAS
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 13th February 2019 - Big computers and little Galaxies - Talk by David John Williamson

Wednesday 3rd April 2019 - The Great Orbital Debris Patch - Hugh Lewis (University of Southampton)

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 20th January - 3.30pm - The January Wolf Moon

Friday 25th January - 7.30pm - Stars on Frosty Winter Nights

Sunday 27th January - 3.30pm - The Northern Lights

Saturday 16th February - 11.30am - Wintertime Stars, Moon and Planets

Saturday 16th February - 1.30pm - Stars on Frosty Winter Nights

Sunday 17th February - 3.30pm - Seven Wonders of the Solar System

Monday 18th February - 1.30pm - Stars on Frosty Winter Nights

Tuesday 19th February - 1.30pm - All Aboard - A Tour of the Planets

Wednesday 20th February - 1.30pm - Distant Worlds - Alien Life

Wednesday 20th February - 3.30pm - Wintertime Stars, Moon and Planets

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,
11th October
2019
Wonders of the Universe: A TripAdvisor Top 10
A talk by Professor Brad Gibson
Clanfield Memorial Hall - start time 7:45pm

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Friday,
8th November
2019
The Consequences of Contact with ET
A talk by Martin Griffiths
Clanfield Memorial Hall - start time 7:45pm

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