Deep-partial Solar Eclipse Friday 20th March 2015 .... Thank you

Just a quick note tho thank everyone who came up to the Observatory on Friday 20th March to view the partial solar eclipse.

Check out the website for news of upcoming events in the near - and not so near - future.


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.

Social Astronomy Evenings

We are now running some additional 'social' meetings on the first and third Tuesday of each month.

The meetings are open to members and non-members and the aim is to provide an informal environment with no set agenda, in which people can meet up in the club room and chat about current astronomical events, astronomy in general or maybe turn up to :

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.

Holme Moss Star Party - update

The Star Party scheduled for this evening is canceled due to poor weather forecast.

Thank you for everyone who has enquired but there is a high likelihood for rain and fog/low cloud today which means that there will be nothing to see in the sky tonight.

Hopefully there will be another Star party planned for Good Friday 2016.


Pluto Encounter - Update

New Horizons, the NASA/ESA probe to the dwarf Planet Pluto is shortly to begin the final stages of its journey leading up and encounter with the 'ninth Planet' Pluto.

Since being launched in January 2006 and following its gravity assist/encounter with Jupiter in February 2007, it has been cruising towards Pluto.

May 2015 - image quality from New Horizon's cameras to be better than from the Hubble Space Telescope ... see for more details

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

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.

Recent Astro-Photographs taken by HAPS members on vacation

This ia a link to recent astro-photographs taken by one of the members of HAPS.

You will see images of the recent Total Solar Eclipse in Svalbard on 20/03/15 as well as images taken of the Aurora Borealis in Iceland in 2013.

This Website is a work-in-progress project.


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