Hampshire Astronomical Group

Established 1960, Online since 1998

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Hampshire Astronomical Group welcome you!

Formed in 1960 in Portsmouth the ‘Hampshire Astronomical Group’ has grown from strength to strength since our formation. Our home is now based at the Clanfield Observatory, one of the finest and largest amateur astronomical observatories in the UK.

Located on Hinton Heights on the edge of the South Downs near the villages of Clanfield and Horndean (between Petersfield and Portsmouth) you will find a superbly equipped Observatory and reasonably dark skies - measured as 20.6mag/arc2. Our night sky has noticeably darkened since the relighting of Hampshire.

We have a full program of monthly public lectures held at the Clanfield Memorial Hall, South Lane, Clanfield, which are open to all. The Group also hold regular Open Evenings from the autumn through to spring and Solar Observing events during the day in the summer months.

We also host private visits and run astronomical courses for the public at the observatory. All of the above is voluntarily supported by our very active and enthusiastic membership.

Details of all the above are on our website so please feel free to browse, it is constantly up-dated, so why not bookmark us in your browser under ‘favourites’? and visit often.

Clear Nights and Dark Skies.

Richard Judd - President
Hampshire Astronomical Group

What's on in the next month...

Friday,
8th July
2016
Mercury: New views of the Sun’s innermost planet
A talk by Professor David Rothery
Clanfield Memorial Hall - start time 7:45pm

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Saturday,
9th July
2016
Sun Live 2016 Sold Out!
- start time 1:45pm

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Astronomical Events for July 2016

Moon

8 July - 23:00 BST - The crescent Moon can be found 6.5° west of Jupiter.

9 July - 23:00 BST - The Moon will be approximately 6° east of Jupiter and it may be possible for images to get Jupiter, the Galilean moons and our Moon in the same shot.

14 July - The gibbous Moon will be about 6.75° north of Mars.

15 July - 23:00 BST - The Moon will be 4.5° northwest of Saturn.  At 02:00 BST on 16 July, they will be separated by 3.75°.

Planets

7 July - Dwarf planet Juno is at opposition and can be found 15 arcminutes, west-southwest, of Pi Sagittarii.  At magnitude +14.3, is it is a target for a telescope 12" and above or astrophotographers.

11 July - The dwarf planet Ceres, which is also the largest asteroid, can be found near Uranus.

15 July - Uranus can be found in Pisces, and the planet can be seen using binoculars.  To see the faint details on the planet's surface a small telescope is required.

16 July - just after sunset - Mercury can be seen 0.5° north of Venus, look for them low in the northwest.

17 July - It may be possible to view 5 planets after sunset.  Low in the northwest will be Mercury and Venus, Jupiter will be low in the west, and Saturn and Mars will be low in the south.

26 July - 00:30 BST - Jupiter will be 5° north of the Moon, and at 02:30 BST they will be about 4.3° apart.  They can be found low in the east.

23 July - Neptune can be seen approximately 1.7° east-northeast of the Moon.

Meteor Showers

23 July - Start of the annual Perseid meteor shower, the peak occurring on 12 August when it may be possible to see 150 meteors an hour.

28 July - The peak of the Southern Delta Aquariid meteor shower, which has a maximum ZHR of 15-20 meteors per hour.

Occultations

29 July - 04:24 BST - Gamma Tauri will be occulted by the waning crescent Moon.  Start viewing from 03:45 as times vary slightly depending on location.

Moon Image Credit: Steve Knight
Uranus & Jupiter Image Credit: NASA

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

Saturday,
10th September
2016
Public Open Evening Sold Out!
Moon, Mars & Saturn
- start time 7:45pm

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Sunday,
11th September
2016
Public Open Evening Sold Out!
Moon, Mars & Saturn
- start time 7:45pm

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Friday,
7th October
2016
Autumn Moon Watch Public Open Evening Sold Out!
Moon, Mars & M13
- start time 7:15pm

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Saturday,
8th October
2016
Autumn Moon Watch Public Open Evening Sold Out!
Moon, Mars & M13
- start time 7:15pm

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Sunday,
9th October
2016
Autumn Moon Watch Public Open Evening Sold Out!
Moon, Mars & M13
- start time 7:15pm

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Friday,
14th October
2016
TBA
A talk by TBA
Clanfield Memorial Hall - start time 7:45pm

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Saturday,
5th November
2016
Public Open Evening
Moon, Pleiades, M13
- start time 7:15pm

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Sunday,
6th November
2016
Public Open Evening
Moon, Pleiades, M13
- start time 7:15pm

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Friday,
11th November
2016
TBA
A talk by Dr Chris North
Clanfield Memorial Hall - start time 7:45pm

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Saturday,
3rd December
2016
Public Open Evening
Moon, Orion, M13
- start time 7:15pm

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Sunday,
4th December
2016
Public Open Evening
Moon, Orion, M13
- start time 7:15pm

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Friday,
9th December
2016
Herschel’s Incredibly Cool Universe
A talk by Dr Chris Pearson
Clanfield Memorial Hall - start time 7:45pm

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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

Friday 8th July - 7.30pm - Violent Sun, Space Weather

Sunday 10th July - 3.30pm - Summertime Stars, Moon and Planets

Tuesday 26th July - 3.30pm - Voyage to Saturn, Lord of the Rings

Thursday 28th July - 3.30pm - Summer Nights, Shooting Stars

Friday 29th July - 7.30pm - All Aboard for a Trip to Mars

Sunday 31st July - 3.30pm - Summer Nights, Shooting Stars

As seats sell out fast, it is essential to book your seat.

Admission Prices: £6.00 for adults, or £4.00 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
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/

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.

13th July 2016 - Asteroids, Comets and Impacts. Should we worry? - Talk by Prof Robin Catchpole (University of Cambridge)

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 Intech web site

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

Friday,
10th February
2017
Isaac Newton and the Surrey Pumas
A talk by Mike Frost, BAA Historical Section Director
Clanfield Memorial Hall - start time 7:45pm

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Friday,
10th March
2017
Title TBC
A talk by Michael Maunder
Clanfield Memorial Hall - start time 7:45pm

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Friday,
21st April
2017
TItle TBA
A talk by Professor Jocelyn Bell Burnell
Clanfield Memorial Hall - start time 7:45pm

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Friday,
9th June
2017
Title TBC
A talk by Dr Aprajita Verma
Clanfield Memorial Hall - start time 7:45pm

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After Dark at Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium

After Dark: adults only

Tues 12th July.

Visit the planetarium and play about in the exhibition after the kids have gone home. Activities run throughout the evening so no problem if you cannot get here for 6pm or if you need to leave early.

Ticket price: £10/£8 including one planetarium show and entry to the centre. Add the other show for just +£2.

Teachers: free entry (includes one show); send requests in advance by email using your school/college email address.

Online booking (if you want to see both shows, add the second on the next page)

Telephone bookings (01962) 891925. Please have your credit/debit card ready. If the front desk is too busy for staff to answer your call straight away you can leave your number and they will call you back.

Strictly ages 18yr+ (if you're lucky enough to look younger, please bring ID).

For more details of the events please check out After Dark

Future Learn Free Astronomy Courses

FutureLearn provides a range of free online courses from some of the world's leading educators. Courses are created by UK and international universities, as well as cultural institutions and global centres of excellence in a range of subject areas, like the British Council and the European Space Agency.

A number of Astronomy courses are listed in the website's Science, Maths and Technology category. Recent titles have included 'Moons' and 'In the Night Sky: Orion', both from The Open University. The lead educator on the Orion course, Professor Monica Grady, CBE, worked as part of the project team that successfully landed the Philae probe on a comet last November.

An added advantage of FutureLearn is its focus on 'social learning', whereby learners from all over the world can have conversations about the topics covered during a course with one another, and with the academics leading the course.

FutureLearn adds courses throughout the year and repeats popular titles, so the easiest way to keep up to date is to register on the website. Details on upcoming Astronomy courses will also be listed here.

Next Free Online Astronomy Courses:

Monitoring Climate from Space: - Starts 25th July 2016 for details to book yourself onto this course click here

Moons: - Starts 31st October 2016 for details to book yourself onto this course click here