Hampshire Astronomical Group

Established 1960, Online since 1998

Important Announcement

All Events at the Clanfield Observatory have been Cancelled

Important Notice

Due to the Announcement from our Prime Minister Boris Johnson about the CoronaVirus Outbreak all events at the Clanfield Observatory have been Cancelled until further notice. 

Please note: that our Lectures at the Clanfield Memorial Hall on the 2nd Friday in a month have also been cancelled until further notice.

We will keep you updated via the website to any changes.

Observatory Accessibility

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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...

Saturday,
6th June
2020
Sun Live at the Clanfield Observatory has been Cancelled
Sun Live has been Cancelled due to the Coronavirus outbreak
- start time 1:00pm

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Friday,
12th June
2020
TBA: HOYS / Star Formation
A talk by Dr Dirk Froebrich
Clanfield Memorial Hall - CANCELLED - start time 7:45pm

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Astronomical Events for June 2020

Moon

5 June – Penumbral lunar eclipse which ends at 22:04 BST, however the UK will only see the end of the eclipse as the Moon does not rise until 21:30 BST.

6 June – Good time to view Mare Undarum.  Also look out for the Moon illusion where the Moon will appear huge as it rises just before midnight.

Moon – Clair-obscur Effects

2 June – evening – Look for Cassini’s Moon Maiden at the southern end of the Jura mountain range.  It is best seen in an inverted view where south is up.

Planets

4 June – 22:30 BST – Mercury reaches greatest elongation and can be found low above the northwest horizon.

9 June – 01:00 BST – Saturn and Jupiter will appear close to the Moon, look for them low in the southeast.

12 June – early hours – Looking low in the east-southeast, Mars can be seen close to the Moon.

13 June – early hours – Using binoculars, see if you can find Neptune which will 1.7° north of Mars.

16 June – Venus is at 5%-waxing phase.

22 June – Venus is at 10%-waxing phase.

25 June – 23:35 BST – Ganymede’s shadow will start to cross Jupiter, Ganymede will transit Jupiter from 01:15 BST on 26 June, and the shadow’s transit will be visible until 02:50 BST.

27 June – morning – Venus reaches 15% phase.

Meteor Showers

16 June – Peak of the June Lyrids meteor shower with a ZHR of 3 meteors an hour.

27 June – Peak of the June Bootid meteor shower with a ZHR of 5 meteors an hour.

Comets

24/25 June – Comet C/2017 T2 PanSTARRS can be found less than 1° south-southwest of M106.

Occultations

19 June – 08:37-09:42 BST – The crescent Moon will occult Venus.  (Times are for central UK, so start observing from 08:20 BST).

Miscellaneous

20 June – 22:43 BST – Summer solstice when the Sun reaches the most northerly point in the sky.

28 June – Asteroid 7 Iris (mag. +8.8) is at opposition in Sagittarius where it will be possible to view it using binoculars.

All month – Look out for Noctilucent Clouds (NLCs) which usually appear low above the northwest horizon 90-120 minutes after sunset, or low above the northeast horizon 90-120 minutes before sunrise.

 

Moon Image Credit: Steve Knight
Saturn Image Credit: NASA

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

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

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