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Sunday, 1 March 2015

Noctilucent Clouds Behaving Strangely

Space Weather News for March 1, 2015
http://spaceweather.com

NOCTILUCENT CLOUDS: The strange behavior of noctilucent clouds over Antarctica in recent months has researchers on the trail of new teleconnections in Earth's atmosphere, which can alter weather and climate on a global scale. Visit http://spaceweather.com for the full story.

GEOMAGNETIC STORM:  A geomagnetic storm is underway on March 1st, and Arctic sky watchers are seeing bright auroras.  NOAA forecasters estimate a 60% chance of continued storming throughout the weekend.  Sign up for aurora alerts at http://spaceweathertext.com (text) or http://spaceweatherphone.com (voice).


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Good Clear Skies
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Astrocomet
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Colin James Watling
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Various Voluntary work-Litter Picking for Parish Council (Daytime) and also a friend of Kessingland Beach (Watchman)
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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)
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Lyra Main Website: http://www.lyra-astro.co.uk/
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[BAA-ebulletin 00843] BAA Deep Sky Section meeting March 7th - final reminder

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BAA electronic bulletin
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2015-Feb-28

It's now only 1 week away from the Deep Sky Section Meeting in
Cheltenham on March 7th.

If you have not let me know you are intending to attend, and now
intend to, please let me know by emailing deepsky@britastro.org
(I have acknowledged all emails, so if you have not had a reply please
let me know again).

This is mainly to help with catering numbers, so we can ensure there
will be enough food for all. And also to cater for anyone with special
dietary requirements.

Check the meeting page at http://britastro.org/dss2015 for latest
updates and venue location map.

All welcome. Entrance will £10.00 for BAA Members, members of
affiliated societies, and members of Cotswold AS. And £15.00 for
non-members. Price includes lunch and refreshments. Doors will open at
9:30 and the programme will finish around 17:30.

Members are also welcome to bring material for display - there are a
number of boards available at the venue if you wish to display
pictures or posters.

Callum Potter
Director
Deep Sky Section
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(c) 2015 British Astronomical Association    http://www.britastro.org/
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Good Clear Skies
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Astrocomet
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Colin James Watling
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Various Voluntary work-Litter Picking for Parish Council (Daytime) and also a friend of Kessingland Beach (Watchman)
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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)
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Lyra Main Website: http://www.lyra-astro.co.uk/
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Thursday, 26 February 2015

[BAA-ebulletin 00842] Final reminder for Lincoln Back to Basics

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BAA electronic bulletin
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We still have some places left for the Back to Basics in Lincoln on
Saturday 14th March so if you or someone you know is interested in coming
please book now.

It is being held in The Collection, Danes Terrace, Lincoln, LN2 1LP

The British Astronomical Association has designed a programme of talks and
practical sessions to help you learn basic techniques and develop
your interest to its full potential. Experienced people will be on hand
to answer your questions.

This meeting will be part of National Science Week, so this event will
be an ideal start for you.

The cost for the meeting is £13.00 BAA Members & children under 16.
£15.00 for non-members. Price includes refreshments and a buffet lunch.

Retailers attending will be BAA Sales

The closing date has been extended to the 6th March

The Programme for the day is: -


 10:00  Registration – Tea/coffee

10:30  Official welcome – BAA Vice President –  Prof Leatherbarrow

10:35  So what astronomy can I do? – Mrs Hazel Collett

10:45  What equipment & books do I need? – Dr Stewart Moore

11:30  Lunar observing & Workshop – Bill Leatherbarrow

12:15  Lunch

13:15  Lincoln  Astronomical Society - Dave Castledine

13:30  Planet observing & Workshop – Mike Foulkes

14:15  Solar observing and Workshop –  Ms Lyn Smith

15:30  Afternoon Tea

16:00  Starting Radio Astronomy – Mr Paul Hyde

16:45  Feedback, Q&A session & Raffle

17:00  Close. After the meeting the observatory will be open for viewing.


If you or someone you know would be interested in coming please
complete the booking form which was in the February Journal or you can get
a copy from the BAA website www.britastro.org/lincolnb2b
<http://www.britastro.org/lincolnb2b>


Hope to see you there

Hazel

*Hazel Collett*
*Meetings Secretary For the British Astronomical Association*
*Burlington House*
*Piccadilly*
*London*
*W1J 0DU*
*Tel: 07944 751277*
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(c) 2015 British Astronomical Association    http://www.britastro.org/
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Good Clear Skies
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Astrocomet
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Colin James Watling
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Various Voluntary work-Litter Picking for Parish Council (Daytime) and also a friend of Kessingland Beach (Watchman)
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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)
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Lyra Main Website: http://www.lyra-astro.co.uk/
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Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Chinese Rocket Body Disintegrates over North America

Space Weather News for Feb. 24, 2015
http://spaceweather.com

Last night, Feb. 23-24, observers across the western half of North America witnessed a spectacular cluster of bright lights in the sky.  It was the re-entry and disintegration of a Chinese rocket body.  Coincidentally, a geomagnetic storm was in progress at the time and more than one photographer caught the rocket's debris cutting across curtains of Northern Lights.  Visit http://spaceweather.com for photos and more information.

DID YOU MISS THE STORM? On Feb. 23-24, auroras appeared over many northern-tier US States. Did you see them?  Subscribers to our Space Weather Alert Service were notified by phone while the storm was underway.  Sign up for alerts at  http://spaceweathertext.com (text) or http://spaceweatherphone.com (voice).


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Good Clear Skies
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Astrocomet
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Colin James Watling
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Various Voluntary work-Litter Picking for Parish Council (Daytime) and also a friend of Kessingland Beach (Watchman)
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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)
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Lyra Main Website: http://www.lyra-astro.co.uk/
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Saturday, 21 February 2015

Charts-info Astrosite Groningen (February 19, 2015)

Dear comet observers,    
We have prepared the following new chart for our homepage: C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy):

- a 9x12 degrees chart for the period 21 February - 16 March 2015

This new chart is now available in the charts section of our  mainpage at: http://www.shopplaza.nl/astro

Reinder Bouma/Edwin van Dijk

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Good Clear Skies
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Astrocomet
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Colin James Watling
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Various Voluntary work-Litter Picking for Parish Council (Daytime) and also a friend of Kessingland Beach (Watchman)
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Lat' 52.4182535669822500 North
- (Chimney Pot)
Long' 1.7198766767978668 East
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Elev: 38ft/11.5824 Meters above sea level
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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)
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Lyra Main Website: http://www.lyra-astro.co.uk/
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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)

Unusual Comet Passes by the Sun

Space Weather News for Feb. 20, 2015
http://spaceweather.com

Astronomers are scratching their heads over an unusual comet that is passing by the sun.  The icy visitor to the inner solar system does not belong to any known family of sungrazing comets, and it appeared to be doomed as it made its plunge toward the sun on Feb. 19th.  Instead of disintegrating, however, the comet has emerged apparently intact, and could become a target for telescopes on Earth when it emerges from the sun's glare in the weeks ahead. Images and updates may be found on http://spaceweather.com.


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Good Clear Skies
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Astrocomet
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Colin James Watling
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Various Voluntary work-Litter Picking for Parish Council (Daytime) and also a friend of Kessingland Beach (Watchman)
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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)
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Lyra Main Website: http://www.lyra-astro.co.uk/
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Wednesday, 18 February 2015

[BAA-ebulletin 00841] Reminder of the Back to Basics in Lincoln on Saturday 14th March - closing date is 1st March

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BAA electronic bulletin
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I am writing to remind people that the closing date for the Back to Basics
in Lincoln on Saturday 14th March is fast approaching

*It is being held in The Collection, Danes Terrace, Lincoln, LN2 1LP*

The *British Astronomical Association* has designed a programme of talks
and practical sessions to help you learn basic techniques and develop your
interest to its full potential. Experienced people will be on hand to
answer your questions.

This meeting will be part of National Science Week, so this event will be
an ideal start for you.

*The cost for the meeting is £13.00 BAA Members & children under 16. £15.00
for non-members. Price includes refreshments and a buffet lunch.*

*Retailers attending will be BAA Sales *

*The closing date is 1st March*

*The Programme for the day is: -*

10:00

Registration – Tea/coffee

10:30

Official welcome – BAA President – Mrs Hazel McGee

10:35

So what astronomy can I do? – Mrs Hazel Collett

10:45

What equipment & books do I need? – Dr Stewart Moore

11:30

Lunar observing & Workshop – Bill Leatherbarrow

12:15

Lunch


13:15

Lincoln  Astronomical Society - Dave Castledine

13:30

Planet observing & Workshop – Mike Foulkes

14:15

Solar observing and Workshop –  Ms Lyn Smith

15:30

Afternoon Tea

16:00

Starting Radio Astronomy – Mr Paul Hyde  (Subject and speaker to be
confirmed)

16:45

Feedback, Q&A session & Raffle

17:00

Close. After the meeting the observatory will be open for viewing.

If you or someone you know would be interested in coming please complete
the booking form which was in the February Journal or you can get a copy
from the BAA website *www.britastro.org/lincolnb2b
<http://www.britastro.org/lincolnb2b> *

Hope to see you there

Hazel

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*Hazel Collett*
*Meetings Secretary For the British Astronomical Association*
*Burlington House*
*Piccadilly*
*London*
*W1J 0DU*
*Tel: 07944 751277*
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BAA-ebulletin mailing list visit:
http://lists.britastro.org/mailman/listinfo/baa-ebulletin
(c) 2015 British Astronomical Association    http://www.britastro.org/
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Good Clear Skies
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Astrocomet
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Colin James Watling
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Various Voluntary work-Litter Picking for Parish Council (Daytime) and also a friend of Kessingland Beach (Watchman)
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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)
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Lyra Main Website: http://www.lyra-astro.co.uk/
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Friday, 13 February 2015

The Deep Space Climate Observatory

Space Weather News for Feb.12, 2015
http://spaceweather.com

For years, space weather forecasters have worried about the aging ACE spacecraft, which provides early warnings of CMEs and other solar storms bearing down on Earth. Launched in 1997, ACE could fail at any moment, leaving us blind to incoming storms. On Feb. 11th, NOAA, NASA and the US Air Force launched a replacement--The Deep Space Climate Observatory. Read all about it on http://spaceweather.com

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Good Clear Skies
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Astrocomet
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Colin James Watling
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Various Voluntary work-Litter Picking for Parish Council (Daytime) and also a friend of Kessingland Beach (Watchman)
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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)
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Lyra Main Website: http://www.lyra-astro.co.uk/
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Saturday, 7 February 2015

[BAA-ebulletin 00840] Computing Section Newsletter 1.1

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BAA electronic bulletin
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The Computing Section has produced their very first newsletter! It contains
numerous small articles and news snippets related to the world of Computing
within Astronomy.

If you login to the main BAA website, members are able to download it from
the following address

http://britastro.org/downloads/6228

If you would like to help with providing similar content for the next issue,
please don't hesitate to contact the section Director (baa <at>
steveharvey.co.uk)


Steve Harvey

2015 02 05
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(c) 2015 British Astronomical Association    http://www.britastro.org/
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Good Clear Skies
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Astrocomet
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Colin James Watling
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Various Voluntary work-Litter Picking for Parish Council (Daytime) and also a friend of Kessingland Beach (Watchman)
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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)
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Lyra Main Website: http://www.lyra-astro.co.uk/
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Thursday, 5 February 2015

[BAA-ebulletin 00839] Deep Sky Section Meeting March 7th 2015

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BAA electronic bulletin
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2015-Feb-04

The programme for the 2015 DSS meeting is now finalised which is now
only four weeks away.

Advance registrations would be appreciated, so if you intend to attend
and have not yet notified the Director, please do so by emailing
deepsky@britastro.org.
This is mainly to help with catering numbers, so we can ensure there
will be enough food for all. And also to cater for anyone with special
dietary requirements.

Check the meeting page at http://britastro.org/dss2015 for latest
updates and venue location map.

Programme:

09:30    Doors Open
10:00    Section Update - Callum Potter
10:30    Widefield DSLR imaging with a tracker mount - Patrick Joseph-Franks
11:20    Deep Sky Visual Observing the past and today - Alan Dowdell
12:10    The Winter Star Party - Mark Radice

12:45    Lunch
14:00    An introduction to PixInsight - Rik McRae
14:40    A Deep Sky Mystery in Aquarius - Stewart Moore
15:00    Imaging from La Palma - Nick James

15:45    Tea

16:15    Globular Clusters - current research topics  - Prof. Nathan
Bastian - Liverpool John Moores University

17:30    Close

All welcome. Entrance will £10.00 for BAA Members, members of
affiliated societies, and members of Cotswold AS. And £15.00 for
non-members. Price includes lunch and refreshments. Doors will open at
9:30 and the programme will finish around 17:30.

There will be trade stands:

Astronomia (if there is anything you particularly want to look at or
buy, please contact Astronomia in advance).
Webb Deep Sky Society
BAA Sales

Members are also welcome to bring material for display - there are a
number of boards available at the venue if you wish to display
pictures or posters.

There are no advance bookings (just pay at the door on the day) - but
if you are intending to attend, please register your interest by email
to deepsky@britastro.org - this will help with the catering numbers,
and please also note any special dietary requirements.


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Callum Potter,
Director, Deep Sky Section
British Astronomical Association
http://britastro.org/dss
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BAA-ebulletin mailing list visit:
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(c) 2015 British Astronomical Association    http://www.britastro.org/
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Good Clear Skies
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Astrocomet
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Colin James Watling
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Various Voluntary work-Litter Picking for Parish Council (Daytime) and also a friend of Kessingland Beach (Watchman)
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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)
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Lyra Main Website: http://www.lyra-astro.co.uk/
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