Hampshire Astronomical Group

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Hampshire Astronomical Group welcome you!

Formed in 1960 in Portsmouth the ‘Hampshire Astronomical Group’ has grown into one of the finest and largest amateur astronomical observatories in the UK.

Located high on a hill on the South Coast of England in the village of Clanfield (between Petersfield and Portsmouth) you will find a superbly equipped Observatory with a very active and enthusiastic membership.

We have a full program of Public Open evenings throughout the year at the Observatory coupled with monthly interesting and educational talks held at the ‘Clanfield Memorial Hall – Clanfield’ where you are more than welcome to attend.

Feel free to browse this website, it is constantly up-dated, so do re visit often.

Clear Nights and Dark Skies,

Richard Judd - President
Hampshire Astronomical Group

What's on in the next month...

Friday,
9th January
2015
Astronomy on the iPAD (or Tablet)
A talk by Dr Lillian Hobbs
Clanfield Memorial Hall - start time 7:45pm

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Astronomical Events for December 2014

Moon

2 December - 00:00 UT - The Moon can be found near Uranus, with a separation of 20 arcminutes at 00:30 UT.

7-12 December - Due to libration, it will be possible to see craters in the northern region that are not normally visible, these include Hermite, Byrd, Peary and Florey.

9 December - 06:00 UT - the Moon will occult Lambda Geminorum.  Start viewing from 05:00 as occultation time varies with location.  The occultation lasts for approximately 1 hour.

12 December - 04:30 UT - The Moon, Jupiter and Regulus can be seen as an almost equilateral triangle.  Look for them in the south.

20 December - 06:45 UT - looking low in the southeast, the Moon will be 6° east of Saturn.

Planets

1 December - 05:00 UT - Jupiter reaches its highest point in the sky.  Look for the planet in the south.

3-4 December - Mars can be found near M75 - an unobstructed south-south-western horizon is required to view this.

6 December - 22:11 UT - 22:18 UT - Jupiter's moon Ganymede occults Io.  Jupiter can be found low in the east.

13 December - 01:15 UT - 02:24 UT - Jupiter's moon Europa occults Io.

14 December - 01:06 UT - 01:15 UT and 21:00 UT to 21:55 UT - Jupiter's moon Ganymede will partially occult Io in the early hours of the morning and totally occults Io in the evening.  Europa, Io and Callisto will be within arcseconds of each other between 03:00 UT and 05:00 UT.

21 December - 03:13 UT - 03:31 UT - Occultation of Io by Callisto.

21 December - 04:11 UT - 04:22 UT - Occultation of Io by Ganymede.

29 December - 05:52 UT - 06:04 UT - Ganymede's shadow eclipses Callisto.

30 December - 21:38 UT - 21:48 UT - Occultation of Io by Europa.

Meteor Showers

14 December - 12:00 UT - Peak of the Geminid meteor shower.  This meteor shower can produce up to 100 meteors an hour, with many slow and bright ones.

22 December - Peak of annual Ursid meteor shower with a ZHR of 10 meteors an hour.  The Moon will be new tonight so a good time to see the meteor shower.

Comets

28 December - 23:00 UT - Comet C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy can be found approximately 1° southeast of M79 in Lepus.

Moon Image Credit: Steve Knight
Jupiter Images Credit: NASA

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 21st December - 1.30pm - The Star of Bethlehem

Sunday 21st December - 3.30pm - The Star of Bethlehem

Monday 22nd December - 3.30pm - The Star of Bethlehem

Tuesday 23rd December - 7.30pm - The Star of Bethlehem

Wednesday 24th December - 1.30pm - The Star of Bethlehem

Saturday 27th December - 3.30pm - December Stars, Moon and Planets

Sunday 28th December - 1.30pm - Seven Wonders of the Solar System

Sunday 28th December - 3.30pm - Hubble's Glorious Universe

Monday 29th December - 3.30pm - The New Year Night Sky

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/

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

Saturday,
24th January
2015
Public Open Evening Sold Out!
Moon, Jupiter & Orion Nebula
- start time 7:30pm

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Sunday,
25th January
2015
Public Open Evening Sold Out!
Moon, Jupiter & Orion Nebula
- start time 7:30pm

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Friday,
13th February
2015
The Greenwich Time Ball
A talk by Douglas Bateman
Clanfield Memorial Hall - start time 7:45pm

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Saturday,
21st February
2015
Public Open Evening Sold Out!
Moon, Jupiter & Orion Nebula
- start time 7:30pm

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Sunday,
22nd February
2015
Public Open Evening Sold Out!
Moon, Jupiter & Orion Nebula
- start time 7:30pm

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Friday,
27th March
2015
Spring Moon Watch Sold Out!
Moon, Jupiter & Orion Nebula
- start time 7:30pm

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Saturday,
28th March
2015
Spring Moon Watch Sold Out!
Moon, Jupiter & Orion Nebula
- start time 7:30pm

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Sunday,
29th March
2015
Spring Moon Watch Only 5 places left!
Moon, Jupiter & Orion Nebula
- start time 8:00pm

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Saturday,
25th April
2015
Public Open Evening
Moon & Jupiter
Clanfield Observatory - start time 8:00pm

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Sunday,
26th April
2015
Public Open Evening
Moon & Jupiter
Clanfield Observatory - start time 8:00pm

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Friday,
8th May
2015
The History of the Universe in the Palm of Your Hand
A talk by Dr Karen Masters
Clanfield Memorial Hall - start time 7:45pm

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Winchester Science Centre & Planetarium Lecture Series

14th January - Is the all - There - Is all there is? Intimations of our place in the cosmos

Talk by Dr Roberto Trotta (Imperial College London)

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.

Lecture: Dark Matter and Dark Energy account together for 95% of the contents of the Universe -- yet very little is known about them, except for the fact that they point to some fundamental incompleteness in our model of the cosmos. In this spectacularly illustrated talk, astrophysicist Roberto Trotta will review the evidence for the existence of this Dark Side of the Universe, and will speculate on what the true nature of Dark Matter and Dark Energy might be. Even more challenging, he will try to explain it all using only the most common ten hundred words in English -- the idea behind is first book for the public, "The Edge of The Sky".

Dr Roberto Trotta is a theoretical cosmologist in the Astrophysics Group of Imperial College London. His research in cosmology is about analysing, interpreting and making sense of cosmological observations, in order to learn more about the properties and nature of dark matter and dark energy. His goal is to learn more about the history and nature of the Universe, by using cosmology as a Universe-sized laboratory for particle and high energy physics.

These events often sell out so pre-book or call to check on (01962) 863791

For more details and tickets please visit the Intech web site

After Dark at Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium

After Dark: adults only

Wed 21st Jan, Tues 24th Feb, Thurs 26th March & Wed 29th April.

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

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

Friday,
9th October
2015
Ray Bootland Memorial Lecture
A talk by Dr Don Pollacco
Clanfield Memorial Hall - start time 7:45pm

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Friday,
13th November
2015
The Star of Bethlehem
A talk by Mark Kidger
Clanfield Memorial Hall - start time 7:45pm

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Friday,
11th December
2015
TBA
A talk by Professor John Brown
Clanfield Memorial Hall - start time 7:45pm

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