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Thursday, 23 February 2017

[BAA-ebulletin 00961] Invitation to the 2nd BAA Workshop on Exoplanet Studies in support of space observatories: 2017 March 02

BAA electronic bulletin

Dear BAA Member,

The second workshop* on amateur observations of exoplanets (including those in support of the Twinkle and ARIEL space missions) will be held on Thursday, March 02 from 11:00-13:30 in Room G21A on the ground floor of Senate House, Malet Street, University College London, WC1E 7HU. BAA members and others interested in exoplanet studies are invited to attend this meeting.

This is an exciting time in astronomy with, for instance, the announcement just yesterday of the remarkable discovery of the first system of 7 Earth-sized planets orbiting another star**. The workshop will start with a series of short talks followed by an hour or so of active discussion to which all are welcome to participate.

Speakers from the professional and amateur community will give talks on progress towards the goal for amateurs to observe relatively bright stars that host one or more exoplanets. A BAA Exoplanet Working Group, set up following the first meeting, will report back to the community and the Twinkle team will present the science case for the amateur campaign and introduce the list of target stars involved. The challenge of precision photometry required to monitor exoplanet transits of their parent star will be discussed along with plans for data analysis, the development of analytical tools, and the potential for collaboration with other organisations including schools via the ORBYTS programme.

On the agenda are 10-minute talks by BAA members, including a progress update by our working group, namely:

Mark Trapnell - Amateur observing programmes and working together
Sam Anahory - Proposed exoplanet group
Mark Salisbury - Some examples of exoplanet transit observations
Richard Miles - Challenges of millimagnitude photometry

It is expected that time will be available during the afternoon for follow-up informal discussion involving active observers and the Twinkle team, as well as a more detailed consideration of project proposals.

A map showing the location of the meeting can be found here:

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Senate+House,+London+WC1E,+UK/@51.5209778,-0.1309316,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x48761b31e4f5d2cb:0xc46235a56cc91926!8m2!3d51.5209742!4d-0.128726?hl=en

The nearest underground rail stations are Goodge Street and Russell Square. We also intend to stream the meeting live on YouTube.

If you are planning to attend then please contact the undersigned, or the BAA Office (0207 734 4145, office [at] britastro [dot] org), to confirm.

See you there!


Richard Miles
Director, BAA Asteroids and Remote Planets Section
arps [at] britastro [dot] org


* Details of the first workshop can be found at:

http://britastro.org/asteroids/Twinkle.htm
and at:
http://www.twinkle-spacemission.co.uk/twinkle-amateur-campaign/


** https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-telescope-reveals-largest-batch-of-earth-size-habitable-zone-planets-around


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Tuesday, 21 February 2017

[BAA-ebulletin 00960] Important Notice about the weekend meeting in Chester

BAA electronic Bulletin...

Important Notice about the weekend meeting in Chester

The date of 15th – 17 September was arranged to avoid the Chester Autumn
Meeting Races. However we have just found out that the race meeting has
been changed to the date of our meeting.

As a result we have brought our meeting forward to *8th – 10th September* to
avoid the race weekend. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause
but hotels in Chester are *very* expensive and some are already full for
the race weekend.

Full details will be published on the BAA website as soon as we have all
the speakers confirmed.

Hope to see you there

Hazel

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*Hazel Collett*
*Meetings Secretary For the British Astronomical Association*
*Burlington House*
*Piccadilly*
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*W1J 0DU*
*Tel: 07944 751277*

*Registered Charity No. 210769*
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Saturday, 18 February 2017

Charts-info Astrosite Groningen (February 17, 2017)

We have prepared the following new chart for our homepage:
2P/Encke:- a 4.5x6.0 degrees chart for
 
the period 10 February - 1 March 2017  
 
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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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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Thursday, 9 February 2017

LYRA Next Meeting

Dear Members,
Just a quick reminder

Tuesday 14 February 2017, 7.30pm in the Coach House, Parkhill Hotel

Andrew Robertson: "Telescopes – Choice, Use and Maintenance"Andrew is a hugely experienced visual observer who has owned every type of amateur telescope.  As well as his talk, this will be a great opportunity to discuss all our observing questions.

Best Regards

Lee

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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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Saturday, 28 January 2017

[BAA-ebulletin 00958] February Journal now uploaded to the website

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February Journal nowuploaded to the website

Selections from the 2017 February Journal are now available on the BAA websiteat www.britastro.org/jbaa2017feb.To read the complete articles, or to download a PDF of the whole Journal, you mustlog in as a member (top right of screen).  If you haven't yet registered for full onlineaccess (or have forgotten your sign-in details) click on 'Register for onlineaccess' and enter your details there.

Enjoy!

Hazel McGee
Journal Editor
2017 January 27
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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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Thursday, 5 January 2017

[BAA-ebulletin 00955] Reminder of the next BAA Meeting on Saturday 21st January 2017

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Happy New Year

I would like to remind you that the next meeting of the BAA will be on
Saturday January 21st 2017 in the new lecture room, Burlington House.

14:30    Dr Jeremy Shears BAA President - Welcome and OM, notices etc
14:50    Dr Andrew Pontzen - "Understanding galaxies and their diversity
using a biologically-inspired 'genetic modification' approach"
15:45   Tea
16:15    Alex Pratt – "Multi-year videography of the Quadrantids meteor
shower"
16:45    Sky Notes:  Mr Callum Potter
17:15    Bob Marriott - 'The BAA Instruments and Imaging Section'.
17:45    Close

Doors open at 14.00 and the meeting will start at 14.30 and is due to
finish by 18:00. Tea will be served in the library from 17:00

Hope to see you there

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*Hazel Collett*
*Meetings Secretary For the British Astronomical Association*
*Burlington House*
*Piccadilly*
*London*
*W1J 0DU*
*Tel: 07944 751277*

*Registered Charity No. 210769*
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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/

Sunday, 1 January 2017

[BAA-ebulletin 00954]

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The evening elongation of Venus, 2017
Venus was conspicuous in the evening sky throughout the Festive Season, but although many members look at the planet from time to time, not many observe it seriously. At present the planet is rapidly approaching dichotomy (50% phase). Visual measurements of the phase are of interest in maintaining continuity in our records of the time of apparent dichotomy; sharp unprocessed images adequately exposed to show the true terminator will also be valuable. Apparent dichotomy arrives a few days early at an evening elongation, and will occur in about a week's time. Greatest elongation occurs on January 12, after which Venus will draw in towards the Sun, and inferior conjunction will be reached on March 25.
During the early part of 2017, Venus will be observable upon a dark sky, and therefore we shall have a really good opportunity to look for any sign of the famous 'Ashen Light' (AL) glow from the planet's dark side. Positive and negative observations are requested, and checking for this phenomenon will be worthwhile once the phase has dropped to around 40% or less. Use of an occulting bar to hide the bright crescent is recommended. Well-exposed integrated light or visual waveband filter images will also be useful, but should be made with an infrared blocking filter. This opportunity to observe upon a dark evening sky comes but rarely in the eight year 'cycle' of ten successive elongations of the planet. In 1993, for example, several positive visual records of the AL were made by different BAA observers from February 14 till March 25, but eight years later in 2001 there were no satisfactory sightings. Back in 1953 there were many positive records by experienced observers such as R.M.Baum, M.B.B.Heath, P.A.Moore and C.Tombaugh.
Another useful type of observation will be to try to image the thermal emission from the dark side. Subtle details of the surface topography can be revealed by image enhancement, and generally the higher ground will have a lower albedo, due to the decrease in temperature with altitude. Recent evidence (Sky & Telescope, 2017 February, page 11) strongly suggests that Venus may still be volcanically active, and what are believed to be fresh lava flows over the summit of one large volcano showed enhanced temperatures during the ESA Venus Express mission. Therefore any albedo variations in current images compared with previous ones are of great interest.
For a selection of earlier results it will be worthwhile looking at the comprehensive 1991-98 and 1999-2007 BAA Venus reports posted at the Section's website, which is linked from the BAA homepage.
Please send your results to me regularly: all observers are welcome to contribute, whether new or experienced.
Thank you very much in advance, and a very Happy New Year.
Dr Richard McKim (Director, Mercury & Venus Section)
richardmckim@btinternet.com
2017 January 1
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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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Saturday, 31 December 2016

[BAA-ebulletin 00953] Aurora Alert

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Aurora Alert

A coronal hole has started to impact earth from 11:00UT 31st December 2016.

The field is unstable both positive and negative however the wind speed has increased to over 550kps.

It is only affecting Northern Scotland at the moment but could go further. It is showing on http://www.shetland.org/60n/webcams/cliff-cam-3


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


Cheers & clear skies and a Happy New Year to all my readers.


Sandra Brantingham

Aurora and NLC Director
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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/

Monday, 19 December 2016

[BAA-ebulletin 00950] Invitation to Exoplanet Observation Workshop in support of the TWINKLE and ARIEL space missions

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Dear BAA Member,

We would like to invite interested observers to a workshop at the Royal Astronomical Society on the afternoon of Monday, 9th January 2017 to explore amateur involvement in support of the proposed TWINKLE and ARIEL space missions. The workshop will be held in the Council Room of the Royal Astronomical Society, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BQ.

The aim of the workshop is to take the first steps in setting up a worldwide group of amateur observers able to provide ground-based support for measuring photometric variability of space mission target stars, including exoplanet transits.

TWINKLE is an independent mission to characterise the atmospheres of around 100 hot, bright exoplanets observed from Earth-orbit. The mission is led by University College London and Blue Skies Space Ltd. It will be built by Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd involving a consortium of over 15 institutions across the UK, and scheduled for launch in 2019. ARIEL is a more ambitious exoplanet mission in which observations are planned from the L2 position in space, due for launch about 2026.

EXOPLANET WORKSHOP Agenda - Monday 9th January

1:30 - Coffee / tea on arrival
2:00 - 2:15 - Welcome, introduction to the Twinkle mission  (Jonathan Tennyson, Twinkle Senior Advisor)
2:15 - 2:25 - Twinkle's target list  (Giovanna Tinetti, Twinkle Science Lead)
2:25 - 2:40 - Twinkle's instrumentation and ground-based/amateur observations required in support of the mission  (Giorgio Savini, Twinkle Payload Lead)
2:40 - 2:50 - Groundbased support via the BAA Observing Sections  (Richard Miles, Roger Pickard, BAA)
2:50 - 2:55 - Europlanet workshops and ground-based campaign in support of Rosetta  (Anita Heward)
2:55 - 3:05 - Connected Telescope Project  (Marco Rocchetto, Konica Minolta)
3:05 - 4:45 - Discussion on next steps
           - Mechanisms for communicating and sharing data
           - Further groups to involve
           - Roles and responsibilities
           - Planning for Europlanet workshop
4:45 - 5:00 - Summary

As a follow-up to this initial UK-focused workshop, the plan is to submit a proposal to the Europlanet organisation for funding a 2-day international workshop (most probably to be held in London) to progress amateur observational support of TWINKLE, ARIEL, Gaia and other exoplanet missions.

Despite the rather short notice, we hope that a good number of interested observers will be able to participate in this first workshop. If you are planning to attend then do please let us know in advance by e-mailing the undersigned (R. Miles). Many thanks.


Richard Miles, BAA Asteroids and Remote Planets Section Director
rmiles [at] baa [dot] u-net [dot] com

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Roger Pickard, BAA Variable Star Section Director
Anita Heward, Communications Manager, Twinkle Space Mission
Giovanna Tinetti, Twinkle Science Lead
Giorgio Savini, Twinkle Payload Lead
Jonathan Tennyson, Twinkle Senior Advisor


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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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Tuesday, 8 November 2016

[BAA-ebulletin 00944] Showcasing your observations on the BAA website

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In recent months, the BAA's Website Operations Team has been looking
for ways to build a greater sense of online community within the
Association. After a busy summer's work, we are excited to announce
the launch of "BAA Member Pages"
<https://britastro.org/member_profiles>.

These are the latest addition to the Community section of the
Association's website and allow you to upload and showcase your
observations. Whether you observe with the naked eye, or using
equipment, this is a place where you can share your work with others.
You can put up anything that relates to your enjoyment of astronomy -
from historical photographs to images of your own equipment; sketches
of Mars to light curves of variable stars. You can even add a few
lines of text to narrate a specific observation, or a summary of a
whole observing session. All we ask is that you don't upload other
people's work without their permission.

We want to encourage all members to feel part of the BAA community,
whatever their experience level. So, whether you are just starting
out, or have been observing for a life-time, please do share your
work. Once you've uploaded your observations, you can share links to
them on your own website or blog, or on Facebook or Twitter.

It is very easy to start uploading your observations: simply visit
<https://britastro.org/profile> and click on "Upload image" or "Quick
post". You will need to be logged into the website to create and
update your members page. If you are already a BAA member but do not
have a BAA website account, you can register here:
<https://britastro.org/user/register>. You will find your membership
number alongside your name on the address sheet of the Journal, or
otherwise please contact the BAA Office for assistance. If you have
any questions about the process the Website News and Help section of
our online forum is a good place to find help.

BAA Member Pages are accessible to anyone else who visits the BAA's
website, not just to BAA members. We therefore suggest that you do not
reveal personal information on your profile, such as your exact
location or personal contact details.

We still request members to submit observations to the relevant BAA
Section Directors, to ensure that they can be properly analysed and
archived. Each member will have a finite amount of space for their
Member Page – currently set at 200MB – and we have also adopted a
limit of 2MB per upload which mirrors that on the BAA's Forum. Members
will be permitted to upload 10 observations per day in the first
instance.

The BAA's website is still evolving and we would value your feedback
on the services we provide. The Website News and Help area of our
online forum is a good place to share your thoughts or to ask
questions.

We look forward to seeing your observations, and to seeing and sharing
the great work which is being undertaken by the BAA community.

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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/