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,
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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Astronomical Events for February 2015

Moon

4 February - in the early hours of the morning it will be possible to see the Moon approximately 6° southwest of Jupiter.

13 February - 06:00 UT - A waning crescent Moon can be found 3.5° east of Saturn.

17 February - 06:30 UT - Looking low in the southeast, a waning crescent Moon can be found 3° north of Mercury.

Planets

1 February - Looking low in the west-southwest in the evening as it begins to get dark, Venus can be found south of Neptune, where they are separated by 46 arcminutes.

6 February - Jupiter at opposition.

9 February - 21:05 UT to 21:13 UT - The shadow of Jupiter's moon Ganymede partially eclipses Io.

16 February - 23:18 UT to 23:24 UT - Io will be partially occulted by Ganymede.

16 February - 23:52 UT to 23:59 UT - Ganymede's shadow will partially eclipse Io.

19 February - 23:48 UT - 23:55 UT - Io will partially occult Ganymede leading to a slight drop in Ganymede's brightness.

20 February - 00:35 UT - 00:43 UT - Annular eclipse of Ganymede caused by the shadow of Io crossing Ganymede's disc.

20 February - just after sunset - It will be possible to see Mars, Venus and a crescent Moon close together.  Look for them low in the west.

21 and 22 February - Looking low in the west as darkness falls, it will be possible to see Mars and Venus.  The planets will be separated by approximately 0.5°.

26 February - 20:26 UT - 20:30 UT - Europa will be partially eclipsed by Callisto.

27 February - 03:31 UT - 03:40 UT - Annular eclipse of Ganymede by Io.

Misc

15 February - 23:00 UT - Looking south and approximately 60° above the horizon, it will be possible go see M44 (the Beehive Cluster) with Jupiter 9° east-southeast.  Using binoculars it will be possible to find M67 8° south of M44.

23 February - 01:20 UT - Good time to view the Leo Triplet (M65, M66 and NGC 3628); look for them in the south and 50° above the horizon.

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

Friday 30th January - 7.30pm - Giant Jupiter, King of the Planets

Sunday 1st February - 3.30pm - The Moon, Our Nearest Neighbour

Friday 6th February - 7.30pm - Myths and Legends of the Night Sky

Sunday 8th February - 3.30pm - The Sparkling Stars of Winter

Friday 20th February - 3.30pm - Prepare for Blast-Off

Friday 20th February - 7.30pm - The Northern Lights

Saturday 21st February - 1.30pm - The Sparkling Star of Winter

Sunday 22nd February - 3.30pm - The Northern Lights

Friday 27th February - 3.30pm - Wintertime Stars, Moon and Planets

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...

Friday,
13th March
2015
Operation Ritchey–Chrétien Telescope
A DVD documentary by John and Ken Palmer
Clanfield Memorial Hall - start time 7:45pm

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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 Sold Out!
Moon, Jupiter & Orion Nebula
- start time 8:00pm

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Saturday,
25th April
2015
Public Open Evening Sold Out!
Moon & Jupiter
- start time 8:00pm

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Sunday,
26th April
2015
Public Open Evening Sold Out!
Moon & Jupiter
- 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

11th February - Titanic Stellar Explosions as Cosmic Dust Factories

Talk by Dr Haley Gomez (Cardiff University)

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: huge clouds of cosmic dust throughout our galaxy blot out the light from distant stars. Despite there being so much of it, astronomers are still not sure where all this dust comes from. To solve this mystery, a European space telescope has been used to investigate whether the dust could be created by some of the most violent events in the Universe: titanic stellar explosions.

Dr Haley Gomez is a Senior Lecturer in Astrophysics at Cardiff University. After her PHD with Prof Mike Edmunds in 2005 she remained to carry out research at Cardiff with a personal fellowship awarded by the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 until becoming a member of staff in 2010. She has published over 70 papers on the topic of space dust and regularly gives talks to astronomical socities and the public as well as championing diversity in science. She was recently awarded Most Inspirational Person in Wales for Science and technology.

 

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

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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