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Occultation by 4 Vesta

19 January 2020|

From Alex Pratt of the BAA - On the night of 11 Feb 2201-2203 UT, the second largest asteroid Vesta will occult a brightish (mag 5 - 6) star: HIP14439, SAO 93276, TYC 654-1754-1, HD19270 Predicted times at selected locations:- [...]

January 2020 meeting report

13 January 2020|

What a really great meeting we had with Bob Mizon from Commission for Dark Skies and the BAA. Special thanks also to Peter Harrison, Technical Director at Institution of Lighting Professionals.

Dave Gavine

4 January 2020|

We regret to inform members that Dr Dave Gavine, MA BSc PhD FRAS passed away peacefully at his home around 11:30 AM on Thursday, the 2nd January.

The Quadrantids New Year meteor shower

13 December 2019|

This meteor shower radiating from a forgotten constellation is one of the most prolific of the year but not as popular as other showers. This year the Moon is mostly out of the way so it could be a good one.

December 2019 meeting report

10 December 2019|

Prof. Colin Cunningham of Edinburgh University described the many engineering and scientific challenges associated with the building and future operation of the ELT.

Observe the ever-changing Moon

24 November 2019|

Surely the Moon is boring because nothing ever changes on it? Not at all - it changes its appearance daily. The angle of Sun hitting the surface varies and casts strange and beautiful shadows across its landscape.

Observe the Open Clusters of Autumn

12 November 2019|

Open Clusters are beautiful, varied and relatively simple to observe and image. There are a number of good ones well-placed at this time of year. Have a look at some of them.

November 2019 meeting report

6 November 2019|

Thank you to Matjaz Vidmar from the Royal Observatory Edinburgh for a very interesting and informative talk. I don't think many of us knew just how advanced the Scottish space industry is.

October 2019 meeting report

10 October 2019|

We had a very interesting and future-looking talk by John I. Davies, Senior Researcher & Principium Editor, The Initiative for Interstellar Studies at our October meeting.