Total Pageviews

Monday, 11 June 2018

[BAA-ebulletin 01007] A Regional Martian dust storm

BAA electronic bulletin

Members of the Mars Section received an email alert on June 5 concerning dust storm activity. A minor storm had appeared over SE Mare Acdialium on May 30, and expanded considerably (particularly to the south) over the course of a few days, after which secondary activity along the Valles Marineris caused the event to grow further, making it into a substantial Regional event. The Valles Marineris dust activity expanded to the east to completely mask Margaritifer Sinus, and later Sinus Meridiani too. Dust affected higher southern latitudes, including Argyre. Images taken on Jun 7-10 show an impressive area affected by the storm. Images of the opposite hemisphere, in the longitudes from Mare Sirenum to Syrtis Major do not show dust, except for a slight veiling far north of the latter feature, and it would appear that orographic clouds over the martian volcanoes are still being recorded, so any warming of the atmosphere due to dust has not spread into that region.

Images of the unaffected longitudes of the planet are distinctly lacking in quantity, and so I hope any members that have images or drawings not yet communicated will send them to me so that the timecourse of the event can be completely followed.

Dr Richard McKim, Director, Mars Section
2018 June 10

BAA-ebulletin mailing list visit:
http://lists.britastro.org/mailman/listinfo/baa-ebulletin
(c) 2017 British Astronomical Association    http://www.britastro.org/

-- 
Good Clear Skies
--
Astrocomet
--
Colin James Watling
--
Various Voluntary work-Litter Picking for Parish Council (Daytime) and also a friend of Kessingland Beach (Watchman)
--
--
Real Astronomer and head of the Comet section for LYRA (Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth Regional Astronomers) also head of K.A.G (Kessingland Astronomy Group) and Navigator (Astrogator) of the Stars (Fieldwork)
--
Lyra Main Website: http://www.lyra-astro.co.uk/

Friday, 1 June 2018

[BAA-ebulletin 01005] Aurora and STEVE and NLC

BAA electronic bulletin

Aurora Alert, and STEVE and NLC

A coronal hole has started to impact the earth from 14.00UT 31st May 2018.
The field is swinging but is mostly negative and the wind speed is rising through 490 kps.
It is still light at the moment(Moray Firth), so no conformation. Indications are that this will
be visible in central Scotland but could go further. There is also a chance that STEVE will
make an appearance so look west as well as north. Finally, the NLC daisies are starting
to show some activity from 27th May. Star prize goes to who ever spots all 3 on the same night.


Any reports please to - sandra-b@hotmail.co.uk<mailto:sandra-b@hotmail.co.uk>


Cheers and good hunting


Sandra Brantingham

Aurora and NLC director

BAA-ebulletin mailing list visit:
http://lists.britastro.org/mailman/listinfo/baa-ebulletin
(c) 2017 British Astronomical Association    http://www.britastro.org/

-- 
Good Clear Skies
--
Astrocomet
--
Colin James Watling
--
Various Voluntary work-Litter Picking for Parish Council (Daytime) and also a friend of Kessingland Beach (Watchman)
--
--
Real Astronomer and head of the Comet section for LYRA (Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth Regional Astronomers) also head of K.A.G (Kessingland Astronomy Group) and Navigator (Astrogator) of the Stars (Fieldwork)
--
Lyra Main Website: http://www.lyra-astro.co.uk/
--

Sunday, 27 May 2018

R.I.P Alan Bean....;;

https://spaceflightnow.com/2018/05/26/alan-bean-moonwalker-turned-artist-dies-at-86/

--
Good Clear Skies
--
Astrocomet
--
Colin James Watling
--
Various Voluntary work-Litter Picking for Parish Council (Daytime) and also a friend of Kessingland Beach (Watchman)
--
--
Lat' 52.4182535669822500 North
- (Chimney Pot)
Long' 1.7198766767978668 East
-
Elev: 38ft/11.5824 Meters above sea level
--
Real Astronomer and head of the Comet section for LYRA (Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth Regional Astronomers) also head of K.A.G (Kessingland Astronomy Group) and Navigator (Astrogator) of the Stars (Fieldwork)
--
Lyra Main Website: http://www.lyra-astro.co.uk/
--
--
astrocomera@googlemail.com (this main email address)
jupitermoon@tiscali.co.uk (alternative email address)
stella.comans@yahoo.co.uk (alternative email address)
astrocomet@bushinternet.com (old email address)
strobecrystal@bushinternet.com (old email address)

Monday, 21 May 2018

Fwd: [CometObs] Digest Number 3411

Thu May 17, 2018 11:34 am (PDT) . Posted by:

"Juan Jose Gonzalez" jjgsgp

C/2015 O1 (PANSTARRS):
2018 May. 15.99 UT: m1=12.0, Dia.=1.2', DC=5, 20 cm SCT (100x).
[ Sidgwick method. APASS comparison stars. SQM : 21.7.].

C/2016 M1 (PANSTARRS):
2018 May. 16.02 UT: m1=9.0, Dia.=4', DC=3, 20 cm SCT (100x).
[ Sidgwick method. Tycho-2 comparison stars. SQM : 20.8.].

C/2016 N6 (PANSTARRS):
2018 May. 15.97 UT: m1=11.6, Dia.=2.0', DC=4, 20 cm SCT (133x).
[ Sidgwick method. APASS comparison stars. SQM : 21.3.].

C/2016 R2 (PANSTARRS):
2018 May. 15.90 UT: m1=11.3, Dia.=2', DC=2/, 20 cm SCT (133x).
[ Sidgwick method. Tycho-2 comparison stars. SQM : 20.9.
Zodiacal light. Altitude: 22 deg.].

C/2018 EF9 (Lemmon):
2018 May. 16.01 UT: m1=11.8, Dia.=3', DC=1/, 20 cm SCT (133x).
[ Sidgwick method. APASS comparison stars. Brighter than expected.
From dark mountain skies the coma appears large and very diffuse,
without central condensation. Motion checked over a 120-min period.
Field stars checked in DSS. Limiting star magnitude near comet: 14.7
(GSC). SQM : 21.4.].

37P/Forbes:
2018 May. 16.12 UT: m1=11.5, Dia.=1.5', DC=2/, 20 cm SCT (100x).
[ Sidgwick method. APASS comparison stars. SQM : 20.7.
Altitude: 10 deg.].

( Pandorado, Leon, Spain; Alt. 1190 m, 42º 47' N, 6º 00' W;
SQM 21.7at zenith.).

----------------------------------------------------------

ICQ Format :

2015O1 2018 05 15.99 S 12.0 AQ 20.3T101001.2 5 ICQ XX GON05

2016M1 2018 05 16.02 S 9.0 TK 20.3T10 100 4 3 ICQ XX GON05

2016N6 2018 05 15.97 S 11.6 AQ 20.3T101332.0 4 ICQ XX
GON05

2016R2 2018 05 15.90 S 11.3 TK 20.3T10 1332 2/ ICQ XX
GON05

2018EF9 2018 05 16.01 S 11.8 AQ 20.3T10 133 3 1/ ICQ
XX GON05

37 2018 05 16.12 S 11.5 AQ 20.3T101001.5 2/ ICQ XX GON05

----------------------------------------------------------

J. J. Gonzalez

----------------------------------------------------------




--
Good Clear Skies
--
Astrocomet
--
Colin James Watling
--
Various Voluntary work-Litter Picking for Parish Council (Daytime) and also a friend of Kessingland Beach (Watchman)
--
--
Real Astronomer and head of the Comet section for LYRA (Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth Regional Astronomers) also head of K.A.G (Kessingland Astronomy Group) and Navigator (Astrogator) of the Stars (Fieldwork)
--
Lyra Main Website: http://www.lyra-astro.co.uk/

Tuesday May 22nd Meeting

Dear Members,

Just a reminder of Tuesdays meeting which is hopefully a Solar observing evening weather permitting,
if not there will be astro discussion inside. Also below is a reminder of meeting events for the rest of the year.


June 12th – Talk by Steve Hubbard & Malcom E Brown, "Thinking about Astronomy – a century of change and continuity"
June 26th – LYRA Observing/Practical night at Barn Car Park, Parkhill Hotel from 7.30pm
July 10th -Inaugural talk by President Matthew Bothwell, From Big Bang to the Big Rips! A History of Modern Cosmology
July 24th – LYRA Observing/Practical night at Barn Car Park, Parkhill Hotel from 7.30pm
Aug 14th – Summer Social Evening at Parkhill Hotel
Sept 11th – Talk by Jonathan Gale, Webb Society Committee "Observing Astronomical Asterisms"
Sept 25th- LYRA Observing/Practical night at Barn Car Park, Parkhill Hotel from 7:30pm
Oct 9th – Talk by Dr John Rogers, BAA Jupiter Section Director "Jupiter and the Juno mission"
Oct 23rd – LYRA Observing/Practical night at Barn Car Park, Parkhill Hotel from 7:30pm
Nov 13th – Talk by Bob Argyle, President of the Webb Society "Observing Double Stars Past & Present"
Nov 27th – LYRA Observing/Practical night at Barn Car Park, Parkhill Hotel from 7:30pm
Dec 11th – LYRA Christmas Dinner

Kind Regards

Lee

-- 
Good Clear Skies
--
Astrocomet
--
Colin James Watling
--
Various Voluntary work-Litter Picking for Parish Council (Daytime) and also a friend of Kessingland Beach (Watchman)
--
--
Real Astronomer and head of the Comet section for LYRA (Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth Regional Astronomers) also head of K.A.G (Kessingland Astronomy Group) and Navigator (Astrogator) of the Stars (Fieldwork)

Thursday, 17 May 2018

[BAA-ebulletin 01003] Reminder - Historical Section Meeting - Saturday May 26th 2018 - Stirling

BAA electronic bulletin

Historical Section Meeting - Saturday May 26th 2018 - Stirling

====================

A reminder of the BAA Historical Section meeting in Stirling on May 26th


Date:    Saturday May 26th 2018
Time:    10:00 - 17:00  (doors open at 09:30)
Venue:   The Smith Art Gallery and Museum, Dumbarton Rd, Stirling FK8 2RQ
Cost:    5 pounds for BAA members, 10 pounds for non-members


You can book in advance or pay at the door; advance booking is preferred.
Please use the form at www.britastro.org/historical2018 or book through the BAA shop.


Timetable:


09:30           Doors open


09:30 – 10:00   Refreshments


10:00 – 10:10   Introduction and Welcome


10:10 – 11:05   Dr. Lee Macdonald
                'Kew Observatory and the Birth of Solar-Terrestrial Physics'


11:05 – 12:00   John Rosenfield
                'Fear and Dread:The Moons of Mars'


12:00 – 13:30   Lunch Break
(lunch is not included in the price but there is a cafe in the Smith Gallery, and other places nearby)


13:30 – 13:35   Welcome Back


13:35 - 14:30   Bill Barton
                'Alice Grace Cook - an East Anglian Meteor Observer'


14:30 - 15:25   Dr. Vanessa Smer Barreto (note change of speaker)
                'Mayan Astronomy'


15:25 – 15:50   Refreshments


15:50 – 16:50   Dr. Dave Gavine
                'Thomas Dick of Dundee'


16:50 - 17:00   Concluding Remarks


17:00           Meeting Closes


Entrance to the Smith Gallery is free. We hope you will take the chance to look around! Museum exhibits include
the world's oldest football.


There is plenty of parking in the grounds of the gallery. Stirling Station is fifteen minutes walk away.


The Smith Gallery and Museum is the meeting place of Stirling Astronomical Society.


Section Director Mike Frost will be lecturing to Stirling AS on "The Green Flash" on Friday May 25th at 7:30 PM.


We also intend to visit Stirling AS's observatory on the roof of the Highland Hotel, Spittal Street, Stirling.


More details on our web site - www.britastro.org/history


====================


Historical Section Director: Mike Frost         frostma@aol.com
Deputy Director: Lee Macdonald                  leetmacdonald@gmail.com


BAA-ebulletin mailing list: visit
http://lists.britastro.org/mailman/listinfo/baa-ebulletin
(c) 2017 British Astronomical Association    http://www.britastro.org/

--
Good Clear Skies
--
Astrocomet
--
Colin James Watling
--
Various Voluntary work-Litter Picking for Parish Council (Daytime) and also a friend of Kessingland Beach (Watchman)
--
--
Real Astronomer and head of the Comet section for LYRA (Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth Regional Astronomers) also head of K.A.G (Kessingland Astronomy Group) and Navigator (Astrogator) of the Stars (Fieldwork)
--
Lyra Main Website: http://www.lyra-astro.co.uk/

Sunday, 13 May 2018

Charts-info Astrosite Groningen (May 12, 2018)

Dear comet observers,
  We have prepared the following new charts:    C/2016 M1 (PANSTARRS) : 
-three 3.0x4.0 degrees charts for the period 12 - 28 May 2018
 These are now available in the charts section of our homepage at:
 http://www.shopplaza.nl/astro    
Reinder Bouma/Edwin van Dijk
-- 
Good Clear Skies
--
Astrocomet
--
Colin James Watling
--
Various Voluntary work-Litter Picking for Parish Council (Daytime) and also a friend of Kessingland Beach (Watchman)
--
--
Real Astronomer and head of the Comet section for LYRA (Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth Regional Astronomers) also head of K.A.G (Kessingland Astronomy Group) and Navigator (Astrogator) of the Stars (Fieldwork)
--
Lyra Main Website: http://www.lyra-astro.co.uk/

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

[BAA-ebulletin 01000] Bright storm in Saturn's northern hemisphere

BAA electronic bulletin

An observation made by Brazilian observer Maciel Bassani Sparrenberger shows a bright and distinct

spot at 67 degrees north on Saturn. This observation was made on 2018 March 29 at 08:16 UT.


Later that day (from 18:20 to 1957 UT), this spot was imaged by Trevor Barry in Australia.

To date, It has also been recorded by Damian Peach, Manos Kardasis  and Anthony Wesley.

Further observations of this object are urgently required to see  how this storm evolves.

Observations can be sent to the Saturn, Uranus and Neptune section via

saturn@britastro.org

Mike Foulkes Saturn, Uranus and Neptune Section Director

BAA-ebulletin mailing list visit:
(c) 2017 British Astronomical Association    http://www.britastro.org/

--
Good Clear Skies
--
Astrocomet
--
Colin James Watling
--
Various Voluntary work-Litter Picking for Parish Council (Daytime) and also a friend of Kessingland Beach (Watchman)
--
--
Real Astronomer and head of the Comet section for LYRA (Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth Regional Astronomers) also head of K.A.G (Kessingland Astronomy Group) and Navigator (Astrogator) of the Stars (Fieldwork)
--
Lyra Main Website: http://www.lyra-astro.co.uk/

Monday, 19 March 2018

[BAA-ebulletin 00999] Aurora Alert

BAA electronic bulletin

Aurora Alert

A coronal hole has been impacting the earth for the last 2 days. This afternoon the field went negative and started a G2 class storm.

I have clear skies and Aurora above the to 15dg high and 120dg wide (18/19 March 2018@ 21.00UT Moray coast).
I have also sighted STEVE off to the west with patches to the overhead from 21.30 to 22.30.
It is showing on Cliff Cam 3 | Shetland Webcams<https://www.shetlandwebcams.com/cliff-cam-3/>
All indications are that this could be visible in northern England but could go further.

Any reports please to - sandra-b@hotmail.co.uk<mailto:sandra-b@hotmail.co.uk>


Cheers


Sandra Brantingham

Aurora and NLC director

BAA-ebulletin mailing list visit:
http://lists.britastro.org/mailman/listinfo/baa-ebulletin
(c) 2017 British Astronomical Association    http://www.britastro.org/

-- 
Good Clear Skies
--
Astrocomet
--
Colin James Watling
--
Various Voluntary work-Litter Picking for Parish Council (Daytime) and also a friend of Kessingland Beach (Watchman)
--
--
Real Astronomer and head of the Comet section for LYRA (Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth Regional Astronomers) also head of K.A.G (Kessingland Astronomy Group) and Navigator (Astrogator) of the Stars (Fieldwork)
--
Lyra Main Website: http://www.lyra-astro.co.uk/

Friday, 2 March 2018

[BAA-ebulletin 00998] BAA Deep Sky Section meeting on Sunday March 4 CANCELLED

BAA electronic bulletin

Due to the bad weather the Deep Sky Section meeting on the 4th March
in Bedford has been cancelled.

All booked attendees should have been advised already by email.

I have been able to secure the same venue for Sunday April 22 - and
the meeting will go ahead then. There may be some minor changes to the
programme of speakers - I will keep the BAA website updated with the
changes.

If you have booked for the 4th March it will be held over for the new
date, but if you are unable to make the new date or do wish to cancel
please get in touch with the BAA Office who will be able to provide a
full refund. I do hope, though that those currently booked will be
able to make the new date.

Of course new bookings for the revised date will be welcome.

If you have any questions please do get in touch with me - deepsky@britastro.org

Thanks,

Callum

Callum Potter
Director
Deep Sky Section
British Astronomical Association

BAA-ebulletin mailing list
This is an announcements only list - please do not reply to this message.visit:
http://lists.britastro.org/mailman/listinfo/baa-ebulletin
(c) 2017 British Astronomical Association    http://www.britastro.org/

--
Good Clear Skies
--
Astrocomet
--
Colin James Watling
--
Various Voluntary work-Litter Picking for Parish Council (Daytime) and also a friend of Kessingland Beach (Watchman)
--
--
Real Astronomer and head of the Comet section for LYRA (Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth Regional Astronomers) also head of K.A.G (Kessingland Astronomy Group) and Navigator (Astrogator) of the Stars (Fieldwork)
--
Lyra Main Website: http://www.lyra-astro.co.uk/