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 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...

Saturday,
25th October
2014
Public Open Evening Sold Out!
Uranus, Pleiades, M15 or M57
- start time 7:30pm

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Sunday,
26th October
2014
Public Open Evening Sold Out!
Uranus, Pleiades, M15 or M57
- start time 7:30pm

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Friday,
31st October
2014
"Finding planets with 600,000 eyes".
A talk by Meg Schwamb
Clanfield Memorial Hall - start time 7:45pm

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Friday,
14th November
2014
What Is New In Our Solar-System
A talk by Dr Robin Catchpole
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

Wednesday 29th October - 3.30pm - The Northern Lights

Thursday 30th October - 1.30pm - Seven Wonders of the Solar System

Thursday 30th October - 3.30pm - Autumn Stars, Moon and Planets

Friday 31st October - 7.30pm - The Northern Lights

Sunday 2nd November - 3.30pm - Autumn Stars and Galaxies

Friday 7th November - 7.30pm - A Remarkable Landing on a Comet

Sunday 9th November - 3.30pm - A Remarkable Landing on a Comet

Friday 14th November - 7.30pm - The Magic of Jupiter and its Moons

Sunday 16th November - 3.30pm - The Northern Lights

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,
29th November
2014
Public Open Evening Sold Out!
Moon, Pleiades, Uranus or M15
- start time 7:30pm

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Sunday,
30th November
2014
Public Open Evening Sold Out!
Moon, Pleiades, Uranus or M15
- start time 7:30pm

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Friday,
12th December
2014
The Amazing Voyage of Herschel
A talk by Mark Kidger
Clanfield Memorial Hall - start time 7:45pm

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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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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
Moon, Jupiter & Orion Nebula
Clanfield Observatory - start time 7:30pm

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

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

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

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

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

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Tour of the Universe at the Kings Theatre

Tour of the Universe 

Tuesday 28th October 2014 - 7:30pm

A hilarious, uplifting and inspiring whistle-stop tour of all that Space has to offer.

Join Rocket Scientist Neil Phillipson and guests for a comedy chat-show with a difference... where the Universe provides the inspiration!
If you've wondered about the true scale of the universe, how stars are formed - or how they explode - and whether there really is life on other planets, let Neil take you on a Tour of the Universe - where everything is explained with his unique brand of self-deprecating humour, passion and wonder.
With special guests including broadcaster, author and astronomer Jane Green, "practical" on-stage challenges and a visual experience never before seen in theatres - this is one physics lesson you won't want to miss.
SPECIAL GUEST - Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock who Co-Hosts the BBC Sky at Night Programme following the demise of Sir Patrick Moore.
Book your seats now and prepare for a galactic getaway like no other!
Produced in association with BBC Sky at Night Magazine. Suitable for adults and children aged 8+.

To book your tickets and more details please click here 

Astronomical Events for October 2014

Moon

11 Oct - A waning gibbous Moon can be found near the Hyades.

17 Oct - 02:00 BST - The 37% lit crescent Moon can be found approximately 7° south of the Beehive Cluster in the constellation Cancer.  Jupiter can be seen nearby.

18 Oct - 02:00 BST - A waning crescent Moon can be found approximately 6° south of Jupiter with Regulus nearby.

22 Oct - 07:00 BST- a 2% lit crescent Moon can be found low in the east-southeast.

Planets

6 Oct - evening - Ceres (mag. +9.0) can be found approximately 25 arcminutes above Saturn.  Look for them low in the evening sky.

7 Oct - Uranus (mag. +5.7) is at opposition and can be found in Pisces.

19 Oct - 19:30 BST - Mars and comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring will be at their closest today.  Look for them low in the south-south-west in Ophiuchus.  For more information see page 51 of the BBC Sky at Night magazine October 2014 edition.

24 Oct - 06:08 BST to 06:11 BST - Jupiter's moon Europa will partially occult Callisto.

25 Oct - Venus is at superior conjunction.

28 Oct - 05:32 UT to 05:39 UT - Jupiter's moon Europa will be close to Ganymede making it appear to partially occult the moon.

31 Oct - 05:56 UT - This is a good time to try and find Mercury which will appear as a small half circle when viewed through a telescope.

Meteor Showers

21 Oct - Peak of the Orionid meteor shower with a ZHR of 10 meteors an hour.  There will be no moonlight tonight.

Occultations

6-7 Oct - 23:003 BST (London) - The Moon occults the star 13 Piscium and at 1:46 BST it will occult 14 Piscium with 13 Piscium reappearing at the same time.

25 Oct - 17:00 BST - The Moon occults Saturn with the planet disappearing at 17:00 BST and reappearing at approximately 18:00 BST.  Look for them low in the south-west.

30 Oct - 22:00 UT - Occultation of Beta Capricorni by the Moon.

Misc

8 Oct - 02:10 BST - Algol, an eclipsing variable star, reaches minimum brightness.

26 Oct - 02:00 BST - End of British Summer time when the clocks go back one hour.

Moon Image Credit: Steve Knight
Saturn Image Credit: NASA

Winchester Science Centre & Planetarium Lecture Series

12th November - Proto - Stars and Planet Formation

Talk by Dr Anna Scaife (University of Southampton)

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: How do you build a star? This talk will guide you through the processes that go into creating a star like our own Sun, including how the dusty disks around young stars may go on to form planetary systems. It will also show you how astronomers are able to observe these processes from here on Earth using not only optical light but also the hidden parts of the electromagnetic spectrum.

Anna Scaife: is a Reader in Radio Astronomy at the University of Southampton. Anna joined Southampton in 2011 after positions at the University of Cambridge and the Dublin Institute of Advanced Studies. Anna's research group is funded mainly by the award of a Starter Grant from the European Research Council and works towards forming a better understanding of how the magnetic fields in our Universe work and where they come from. Part of this work is the development of revolutionary telescope systems and Anna leads the Imaging Pipeline for the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project. This year Anna was honored by the World Economic Forum as one of their Young Scientists, thirty scientists under the age of forty across all disciplines world-wide, selected for their contributions to advancing the frontiers of science, engineering or technology in areas of high societal impact.

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

Thurs 6 Nov, Tues 2 Dec

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...

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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