EGM Regarding Constitution Changes

Please note that we have had to schedule an EGM, in order to discuss a number of changes to our constitution relating to the potential purchase of the observatory land.


The meeting will be held on Tuesday 7th June 2016 at 7:30PM.


Could interested parties including, but not exclusively committee members, please make note of this date.


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.


Start On: 
Fri, 03/06/2016 - 19:30

The first Public Lecture of the 2016-17 season will be given by Prof Rami Qahwaji from Bradford University.

His specialist subject and the title of his talk is Predicting the weather in our Solar System - essentially the effect that the Solar Wind and its particles that are created by the Sun have on the Earth and its atmosphere as well as the other planets and smaller bodies in the Solar System.

2016-2017 Program of Events - draft

This is a draft program of events for 2016-2017.

Details of the upcoming Public Lectures are still be finalised and program updates will be published when these details are available.

Please check back here regularly for any changes and announcements with regards to the program of events for 2016-2017.

The Songs of the Stars by Emily Brunsden, University of York

Start On: 
Fri, 06/05/2016 - 19:30

This lecture is the re-arranged March Public Lecture which had to be postponed due to the short-notice non-availability of Dr Brunsden.

The title will be the same.

Stars have been found to ring like a bell albeit at a very low frequency, well be low the range of the human ear.

This discovery has led Scientists to theorise that by understanding how stars vibrate, that they may begin to discover the inner-workings of the Star itself.

So how do you delve into the interior of a star - which is far too hot for even the best of currently available technologies - but not actually go there.

World Space Week

Once a year The Astronomical Community gets together to celebrate World Space Week.

In 2016, this will take place between the 4th and 10th of October 2016.

This is a link to what events are being put on around the globe.

Countdown to the Transit of Mercury

On Monday 9th May 2016, there will be a special astronomical event which will be visible - if the sky is clear - from Huddersfield.

However if the weather conditions are looking good the Observatory may be open with specially filtered telescopes to show you the event.

From Huddersfield, the transit will begin at 1212 BST and Mercury will be at its midpoint across the Sun's disc at 1557 BST. The transit will end at 1942 BST.

Please note that during the event, images of the Transit will be being taken. Members fo the public are asked not to interfere with these activities. Astronomy Society members wil be on hand to guide visitors through the transit event.

Tuesday Night Meetings

In addition to our weekly Friday events the Society also meets on the first and third Tuesday of each month.

These meetings are great for astronomy newcomers as well as for the more experienced, they are less structured than the Friday meetings and have a relaxed, sociable feel to them.

We chat about astronomy and science related subjects, share information, and help each other with advice on equipment matters, astrophotography, observing etc.

There is currently a telescope building project on the go (anyone can join in), we have a Tuesday night Facebook group, and we organise observing trips, both to our Observatory and to other dark sky sites in the area.

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.

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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.

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