Hampshire Astronomical Group

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Hampshire Astronomical Group welcome you!

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

Our extensively equipped Observatory is situated within the South Downs National Park dark skies reserve on the border of Clanfield and Horndean villages in Hampshire.

The Group hold regular Open Evenings at the Observatory from autumn through to spring; giving visitors the opportunity to view the night sky through our very large telescopes or, if cloudy, a tour of the facilities followed by a lecture on an astronomical topic in our modern (heated) clubroom facility.

Furthermore we hold Solar (sun) observing events where visitors can observe our nearest star the 'sun' viewed through our specialist solar viewing equipment  during  daylight hours in the summer months.

We also host group visits and run astronomical courses for the public at the observatory.

We have a long-established association with the University of Portsmouth where their undergraduates and students can avail themselves of our facilities and knowledge base for furthering their studies.

There is a full programme of monthly public lectures, with eminent guest speakers, held at the Clanfield Memorial Hall where non members are more than welcome to attend.

Access and Information to all our activities (which are supported voluntarily by our very active and enthusiastic membership) are shown on this website.  So please feel free to browse, it is constantly up-dated; so why not bookmark us in your browser and visit regularly.

Clear Nights and Dark Skies.

Richard Judd FRAS
President:  Hampshire Astronomical Group - Clanfield Observatory

What's on in the next month...

Friday,
14th July
2017
Brave new worlds: the planets in our galaxy
A talk by Professor Giovanna Tinetti
Clanfield Memorial Hall - start time 7:45pm

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Saturday,
22nd July
2017
Sun Live at the Clanfield Observatory
- start time 1:00pm

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SAGAS Summer Convention Hosted by Hampshire Astronomical Group

                                               Summer Convention

                                           Saturday 15th July 2017

                           Hosted by Hampshire Astronomical Group

      Clanfield Memorial Hall, South Lane, Clanfield, Hampshire. PO8 0RB

The Hampshire Astronomical Group is hosting the 1 day 2017 Summer Astronomical Convention     

Topic of this year’s convention is ''Astronomical Research from Southern England''

Speakers from the Universities of Sussex, Portsmouth and Southampton along with amateur astronomers are each giving a talk on the research being undertaken across the region. There is a mix of professional astronomical researchers and amateur astronomers so it is expected that this convention will appeal to a wide audience of astronomers and non-astronomers alike.

There will be a visit to the Clanfield Observatory during the lunchbreak for any of the delegates

Trade stands will also be present where advice or equipment purchases can be made.

Program for the Day

09.45 – 10.30 Arrival and Refreshments

10.30 – 10.35 Welcome by Graham Bryant

10.35 – 11.30 Dr. Aru Beri, University of Southampton  

Black holes: If they are black, how come they’re so bright?

11.30 -  12.30 Dr. Iacopo Vivarelli.  University of Sussex  

Higgs Boson: A look beyond the media hype

12.30 – 2.00pm   Lunch and visit to Clanfield Observatory

2.00-3.00pm  Richard Kacerek

UKMON: Meteor Science

3.00 – 4.00pm   Graham Bryant

Recent Science Projects at the Clanfield Observatory

4.00 – 4.20pm Afternoon tea

4.20 – 5.20pm Dr. David Bacon   University of Portsmouth 

Probing the dark universe with a trio of extraordinary telescopes

5.20 – 5.30 closing remarks

You can apply for a ticket by e-mailing Graham Bryant (click here)  an application form will then be sent to you.

Cost of the day is £10.00 per person

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 7th July - 7.30pm - Summertime Stars, Moon and Planets

Sunday 9th July - 3.30pm - Jupiter and Saturn: The Mighty Giants

Sunday 23rd July - 3.30pm - Violent Sun and Space Weather

Thursday 27th July - 3.30pm - Voyage to Saturn, Lord of the Rings

Friday 28th July - 7.30pm - Summer Nights, Shooting Stars

Monday 31st July - 3.30pm - One Small Step for Major Tim, A Giant Leap Towards Mars FULL DOME SHOW

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

Admission Prices: £7.00 for adults, or £5.00 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

Chichester High School Campus
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,
2nd September
2017
Public Open Evening Sold Out!
Moon & Saturn
- start time 7:45pm

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Sunday,
3rd September
2017
Public Open Evening Sold Out!
Moon & Saturn
- start time 7:45pm

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Friday,
29th September
2017
Public Open Evening - Autumn Moon Watch Sold Out!
Moon & Saturn
- start time 7:15pm

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Saturday,
30th September
2017
Public Open Evening - Autumn Moon Watch Sold Out!
Moon & Saturn
- start time 7:15pm

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Sunday,
1st October
2017
Public Open Evening - Autumn Moon Watch Sold Out!
Moon & Saturn
- start time 7:15pm

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Friday,
13th October
2017
15 million degrees: journey to the centre of the Sun
A talk by Professor Lucie Green
Clanfield Memorial Hall - start time 7:45pm

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Saturday,
28th October
2017
Public Open Evening Sold Out!
Moon - M15 - Albireo/M57/M71
- start time 7:15pm

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Sunday,
29th October
2017
Public Open Evening Sold Out!
Moon - M15 - Albireo/M57/M71
- start time 7:15pm

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Friday,
10th November
2017
Could Life Exist Elsewhere in the Solar System?
A talk by William Joyce
Clanfield Memorial Hall - start time 7:45pm

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Saturday,
25th November
2017
Public Open Evening Sold Out!
Moon - M15 - Albireo/M57/M71
- start time 7:15pm

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Sunday,
26th November
2017
Public Open Evening Sold Out!
Moon - M15 - Albireo/M57/M71
- start time 7:15pm

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Friday,
8th December
2017
The Oldest Light in the Universe
A talk by Dr Chris Pearson
Clanfield Memorial Hall - start time 7:45pm

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Astronomical Events for June 2017

Moon

4 June – The Moon and Jupiter will be separated by 1.25°.  They can be seen in the west during the early hours of the morning.

9 June – The Moon and Saturn will be 2.3° apart this evening.

21 June – 03:30 BST – Venus will be 4.2° north of the Moon.  Look for them in the east-northeast.

30 June – The Moon and Jupiter will be separated by 5.8°.

Planets

3 June – Venus reaches greatest western elongation, and will appear to be 46° from the Sun.

3 June – 22:30 BST – The four Galilean moons will be very close to Jupiter’s disc.

5-6 June – 19:29-00:13 BST – The shadows of both Europa and Io transits Jupiter’s disc.  Europa begins its transit at 19:29 BST, finishing at 00:13 BST on the 6th June when its shadow leaves the planet’s disc.  Io’s shadow transits between 21:48 and 23:49.

15 June – Saturn is at opposition when its rings will appear brighter due to the Seeliger effect.  The icy particles of the rings reflects sunlight straight back at us.

25-31 June – Uranus makes a return to the morning sky.  With clear skies and an uninterrupted eastern horizon it may be possible to spot the planet in Pisces.

28 June – 20 minutes after sunset – Mercury and Mars will be separated by 47 arcminutes and can be seen low in the southwest, although Mars will be difficult to see.

Comets

1-15 June – Comet C/2015 V2 (Johnson) will be at a predicted magnitude of +6.7 and will be passing through Boötes.  By the 15th June the comet can be seen in Virgo.

1 June – early hours – Comet 71P/Clark (mag. +11.8) can be found approximately 2° from Antares.

6 June – early hours – Comet C/2015 V2 (Johnson) will be 5° from Arcturus.

12 June – Comet C/2015 V2 (Johnson) is at perihelion and will be 245 million km (1.64 AU) from the Sun.

14 June – early hours – Comet 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak will be 0.9° from NGC 6572 (the Blue Racquetball), a planetary nebula in Ophiuchus.

25-31 June – Comet 2015 ER61 (PanSTARRS) will be low in the east, making it a difficult target to find.

Occultations

22 June – 16:15-17:09 BST – The Moon occults Aldebaran

Meteor Showers

27 June – Peak of the June Boötid meteor shower which has a variable activity.

Misc

21 June – 5:24 BST – Summer solstice.

25 June – Due to a variation between solar and clock time (‘the equation of time’), the sunset is the latest for the year and is out of alignment with the solstice.

Noctilucent Clouds

Look for these clouds 90-120 minutes after sunset in the northwest or 90-120 minutes before sunrise in the northeast.

Moon Image Credit: Steve Knight
Jupiter Image Credit: NASA
Comet Image Credit: Steve Futcher

Sun Live at the Clanfield Observatory

Sun Live Event - See The Sun In All Its Explosive Glory !

Clanfield Observatory offer a rare chance to see the Sun's surface in real time using special Sun Filters.
Depending on the weather conditions and the activity on the Sun this is a chance to see Prominences and Sun Spots using Hydrogen Alpha and other special Filters.
Should the weather prevent views of the Sun we will give a tour of the observatory and an illustrated talk about the Sun.

Entrance is exclusively by pre purchased tickets priced at £5:00 Adults £3 for 16 and under each. (Minimum age 8 years old).

We have one date left for this event Saturday 22nd July 2017. Start time on this date will be 1pm and will finish around 3pm
 
For tickets please fill in a booking form on the Sun Live page of the web site.

Sun Live Booking Form Click Here

Image credit: Phil Reed

A Chance to Win Tickets for an Open Evening


Here is your chance to win 2 tickets to the Open Evening on Friday 29th September 2017 @ 7.15pm. 

Targets for the night: Moon & Saturn

Only one entry for this draw per household.To enter the prize draw please email 
steve.knight@hantsastro.org.uk with the words Prize Draw in the subject line and then put your Name, Email and Phone Number in the email you would like to be contacted on if you should win.

A random number generator will be used to pick the winner.

Closing date for entries will be midday on the 1st July 2017.

The winner will be contacted on the 2nd July 2017 via email.

Good luck 

We offer no cash alternative for non-cash prizes and prize winners must accept prizes in the form offered for the Open Evening Friday 29th September 2017 @ 7.15pm. See http://www.hantsastro.org.uk/openevenings/bookingform.php for full terms and conditions.

After Dark at Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium

After Dark: adults only

Wednesday 21st June & Wednesday 19th 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

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.

Wednesday 12th July 2017 - The Medical Implications of Space Flight - Talk by Steven Cutts FRCS

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,
12th January
2018
Title TBA
A talk by Michael Maunder
Clanfield Memorial Hall - start time 7:45pm

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Friday,
9th March
2018
Title TBA
A talk by Dr Samantha Penny
Clanfield Memorial Hall - start time 7:45pm

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Friday,
11th May
2018
The Day They Launched a Woodpecker!
A talk by Jerry Stone FBIS FRAS
Clanfield Memorial Hall - start time 7:45pm

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Friday,
8th June
2018
Title TBC
A talk by Dr Poshak Gandhi
Clanfield Memorial Hall - start time 7:45pm

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Friday,
9th November
2018
Title TBC
A talk by Dr Paul B Rimmer
Clanfield Memorial Hall - start time 7:45pm

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Future Learn Free Astronomy Courses

FutureLearn is a leading social learning platform, enabling digital education through conversation.  FutureLearn offers free and paid for online courses and degrees from world-leading UK and international universities as well as courses from companies, centres of research excellence and specialist education providers.  FutureLearn partners with over a quarter of the world’s top universities and organisations such as Accenture, Microsoft, the British Council, European Space Agency, Houses of Parliament, Raspberry Pi and Cancer Research UK.   

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, Engineering and Maths 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:

Moons: - Starts 30 October 2017 for details to book yourself onto this course click here

In the Night Sky: Orion - Starts 8th January 2018 for details to book yourself onto this course click here