Beginners Course

New to astronomy? The Society holds 2 beginners courses during the winter months usually Oct/Nov and Feb/March.
Course places are limited to 20 per course.

See below for more information.

Tuesday Night Social Astronomy

The Society is currently running some Tuesday Night Social Astronomy evenings.

These take place on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month.

These evenings are just for relaxing and maybe discussing any topics in astronomy whether it be current events, equipment questions and  future planned activities.

In addition the Tuesday nighters are part way through a Telescope building project so if you want ot see how a telescope is put together - and maybe do a bit of drilling and sawing to help the project progress then why not come along - everyone welcome.

Starts at 7.30pm and we are usually done by 9pm after which we sometimes continue the discussion at the Head of Steam pub.

Dates coming up are:

2nd and 16th December

James Webb Space Telescope - the countdown begins

Many people have been wowed by the amazing images from the Hubble Space Telescope for more than two decades.

But in the not too distant future a new Space Telescope will be ready for launch.

The James Webb Space Telescope [JWST] has been under construction for more than 10 years and with increasing costs has faced many calls for it to be scrapped. However following a current spend of around $10 billion the JWST has got to the final hurdle before ground based testing begins.

Scheduled for launch some time in 2018, the components of the JWST have finally been married together recently with space-frame and mirrors made in the USA, Instruments in Europe - including the UK, and various important electronics and cameras from Canada.

Citizen Science needs you

Dopes your computer stay powered on for some time every day?

Does is stand idle while you go make a cup of tea?

Do you watch as the egg-timer trundles away while you download the latest movie across your slow internet connection?

If you can answer yes to any of these questions then you could release your PC to do something interesting and cool for the benefit of science.

Mass-participation offline number-crunching is the latest way to get involved in science investigation.

Just turn over your pc to use some of its spare capacity to crunch the numbers from a world-wide science collaboration.

To find out more check this out .... 

New HAPS Program

Thus is the new program of events.

Some of the speakers are still to be confirmed so this document will be updated when possible.

Keep checking back for updates.

4th May 2015

2015 - The Planets are coming

During the remaining 8 months of 2015, there will be a number of interesting Planetary events.

These include:

1) Planetary conjunctions - there are a number in 2015

2) Total Lunar Eclipse - there will be one in 2015 that will be visible from Huddersfield. This will take place on the 28th September 2015 and will be total at around 0207hrs.

​Details can be found here.....

3) Conjunctions of the brighter Planets with the Moon - there are a number in 2015.

Attached to this story are some star-charts to show you what will be on view if the sky is clear.

Pluto Encounter - Update 2 - Pluto and Charon begin to show details

New Horizons, the NASA/ESA probe to the dwarf Planet Pluto is starting the final stages of its  encounter with the 'ninth Planet' Pluto.

Recently images show that both Pluto and Charon have noticeable surface details - and also that Charon appears different to Pluto.

Check out the latest news here.....

Here is a timeline of the encounter:

July 14th 2015 - Pluto, Charon system flyby including imaging of its other Moons Hydra, Nix, Kerberos and Styx

2016 onwards - possible encounter with other members of the Ice Dwarfs collectively known as Plutinos

​c. 2026 - New Horizons runs out of power

Comet C/2013 US10 (Catalina)

The next bright comet will be visible low in the south part of our night skies in November.

This is a link to find out more about this Comet:

​More details of this Comet will be added later in the year.

The Stars by Night - a guidebook to planning an evenings observations

Ever wondered about doing a  simple observing program.

This one is about as simple as it gets - observe one star each night - for every night for a whole year.

About 150 years ago this was the aim of a local amateur astronomer and he published a guidebook to help other observers undertake the observing plan.

Now the guidebook is being re-released by a local publisher.

For more details check out this blog....


Meteor Showers

The Autumn and Winter of 2014-15 promise the potential for some good shooting star observing.
The first major shower of the Autumn are the Draconids - these are active around the 10th October. They are the left-overs from a well known comet Goacobini-Zinner and on occasion they can have quite a good showing.
The Moon will be nearly full so it will be a challenge to see this shower in 2014.
Next comes the Orionids - these are active from 16th to 27th October with a peak on the 20th/21st. There will be a nearly new Moon on this night so get ready for some hours spent tracking these down. Orion rises at around 11pm so you need to stay up late or get up very early to see this shower as they are best viewed after midnight.

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