Hampshire Astronomical Group

Established 1960, Online since 1998

Observatory Accessibility

GOOD

More details...

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,
14th November
2014
What Is New In Our Solar-System
A talk by Dr Robin Catchpole
Clanfield Memorial Hall - start time 7:45pm

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

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

More details...

Astronomical Events for November 2014

Moon

4 Nov - 17:00 UT - the Moon will be approximately 2 arcminutes north of Uranus.  Look for the planet near the southern limb of the Moon.

8 Nov - 18:30 UT - a degree separates the Moon and Aldebaran (Taurus).

14 Nov - 06:00 UT - the Moon can be found 7° southwest of Jupiter.

15 Nov - 06:00 UT - the Moon, Regulus and Jupiter lie near each other.

Planets

1 Nov - Mercury is at maximum elongation.  Looking east-north-east 40 minutes before sunrise Mercury can be found 10° above the horizon.

2 Nov - Mercury is 5° above Spica.  A clear east-south-east horizon is needed to observe these two.

2 Nov - 05:52 UT - Jupiter's moon Callisto starts to occult Io with maximum coverage ten minutes later.

21 Nov - 07:00 UT - Looking low in the southeast, it may be possible to see Mercury below and to the left of the Moon.

23 Nov - 03:20 UT - Jupiter's moons, Ganymede and Europa can be seen very close together.

25 Nov - 02:00 UT to 03:35 UT - Jupiter's moon Ganymede will cross Callisto's disc with mid eclipse at 02:53 UT.

26 Nov - 17:30 UT - Looking low in the southwest, Mars can be found 7.5° below the Moon.

30 Nov - 06:29 UT to 06:33 UT - Partial occultation of Jupiter's moon Europa by Ganymede.

Meteor Showers

12 Nov - 20:00 UT - Peak of the Northern Taurids, with the radiant near M45.

18 Nov - 01:00 UT - Peak of the Leonid meteor shower with a ZHR of about 10-15 meteors.

Misc

1 Nov - 21:35 - Double star SAO 145938 in Aquarius is occulted by the Moon.  For those who live in the south, the graze path goes through Weymouth, through northern Winchester and Fleet.

27 Nov - pre-dawn sky - Asteroid Pallas can be found among Serpens Cauda where it will pass approximately ½° north of M5.

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 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

Friday 5th December - 7.30pm - December Stars, Moon and Planets

Sunday 7th December - 3.30pm - Let the Robots Do the Work

Friday 12th December - 7.30pm - The Night Sky this Christmas

Sunday 14th December - 3.30pm - The Night Sky this Christmas

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...

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

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

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

More details...
Sunday,
25th January
2015
Public Open Evening
Moon, Jupiter & Orion Nebula
Clanfield Observatory - start time 7:30pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

More details...

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...

There are no events scheduled.