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Monday, 27 July 2015

[BAA-ebulletin 00867] August Journal now available on the BAA website

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BAA electronic bulletin
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August Journal now available on the BAA website

Details of the August Journal are now available on the BAA website,
www.britastro.org/. To read the complete articles, or to download
a PDF of the whole Journal, you must log in as a member (top right of
screen). If you haven't yet registered for full online access (or have
forgotten your sign-in details) click on 'Register for online access' and
enter your details there.

And don't forget you may purchase the complete searchable archive of the BAA
Journal from 1890 to 2011 on DVD, from www.britastro.org/journal-dvds.

Hazel McGee
Journal Editor
2015 July 25

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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/

Charts-info Astrosite Groningen (July 26, 2015)

Dear comet observers,    We have prepared the following new charts for our homepage:    C/2013 US10 (Catalina):    - a 12x16 degrees chart for the period 28 July - 7 August 2015  - a 15x20 degrees chart for the period 7 - 20 August 2015     C/2014 Q1 (PANSTARRS):    - a 12x16 degrees chart for the period 27 July - 4 August 2015  - a 9x12 degrees chart for the period 4 - 12 August 2015  - a 6x8 degrees chart for the period 12 - 18 August 2015  - a 4.5x6.0 degrees chart for the period 18 - 23 August 2015     C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy):    - two 4.5x6.0 degrees charts for the period 30 July - 16 August 2015    These new charts are 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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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/

Friday, 17 July 2015

[BAA-ebulletin 00866] Ephemeris for the Neptune bright Storm

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This e-bulletin follows on from the E-bulletin No 00865 concerning the discovery of a bright storm on Neptune
One of the co-discoverers, Ricardo Hueso has kindly provided an initial ephemeris for this storm via John S. Sussenbach.

The predicted ephemeris of CM longitude given below was generated via the WinJUPOS software.
Mike Foulkes Saturn Section Director


WinJUPOS 10.2.0 (Neptune), C.M. transit times, 2015/07/14
11:26 Object
longitude: L = 157.0° - 30.0000°/d * (T - 2015 Jul 12.5)
Time interval: 2015
Jul 12.0 ... 2015 Aug 02.0 Output format: Date UT (C.M. of
System 1)

2015 Jul 12   11:12 ( 158°)
2015 Jul 13   02:27 ( 139°)   17:43 ( 120°)
2015 Jul 14   08:58 ( 101°)
2015 Jul 15   00:13 (  82°)
2015 Jul 16   06:44 (  44°)   21:59 (  24°)
2015 Jul 17   13:14 (   5°)
2015 Jul 18   04:30 ( 346°)   19:45 ( 327°)
2015 Jul 19   11:00 ( 308°)
2015 Jul 20   02:16 ( 289°)   17:31 ( 270°)
2015 Jul 21   08:46 ( 251°)
2015 Jul 22   00:02 ( 232°)   15:17 ( 213°)
2015 Jul 23   06:32 ( 194°)   21:47 ( 175°)
2015 Jul 24   13:03 ( 156°)
2015 Jul 25   04:18 ( 137°)   19:33 ( 117°)
2015 Jul 26   10:49 (  99°)
2015 Jul 27   02:04 (  79°)   17:19 (  60°)
2015 Jul 28   08:35 ( 41°)   23:50 (  22°)
2015 Jul 29   15:05 (   3°)
2015 Jul 30   06:21 ( 344°)   21:36 ( 325°)
2015 Jul 31   12:51 ( 306°)
2015 Aug 01   19:22 ( 268°)
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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)
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Lyra Main Website: http://www.lyra-astro.co.uk/

Charts-info Astrosite Groningen (July 16, 2015)

Dear comet observers,    We have prepared the following new charts for our homepage:    C/2013 US10 (Catalina):    - a 9x12 degrees chart for the period 20 - 28 July 2015    C/2014 Q1 (PANSTARRS):    - a 15x20 degrees chart for the period 18 - 27 July 2015    C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy):    - a 4.5x6.0 degrees chart for the period 22 - 30 July 2015    These new charts are 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
--
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)
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Lyra Main Website: http://www.lyra-astro.co.uk/

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

[BAA-ebulletin 00865] Bright spot on Neptune

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Damian Peach has kindly forwarded details of the detection of a large and very bright spot on Neptune on 13 July 2015 by Ricardo Hueso and José F. Rojas while observing with the 2.2m telescope at Calar Alto  Observatory.
Their images were taken using filters in the 0.35 – 1 micron and 1.0 to 1,7 micro bands. Currently no ephemeris is available.
Due to its small angular size, the detection of features on Neptune is very difficult. However last year,  Anthony Wesley showed that it was possible to image such features with large amateur telescopes and suitable filters.
The professional recommendation (Agustin Sanchez Lavega)  is to use broad band I filters or  IR long pass filters. (above 750nm).

If this spot is detected, please send any observations to the BAA Saturn Section.

Mike Foulkes Saturn Section director.
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-- 
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/

Charts-info Astrosite Groningen (July 13, 2015)

Dear comet observers,    We have prepared the following new charts for our homepage:    C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy):    - a 4.5x6.0 degrees chart for the period 14 - 22 July 2015    C/2013 US10 (Catalina):    - a 6x8 degrees chart for the period 14 - 20 July 2015    These new charts are 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
--
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)
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Lyra Main Website: http://www.lyra-astro.co.uk/

Monday, 13 July 2015

Space Weather Forecast for Pluto

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

SPACE WEATHER ON PLUTO: As NASA's New Horizons spacecraft prepares to buzz Pluto on July 14th, space weather forecasters have released long distance predictions for the distant dwarf planet.  A region of merged CMEs could be on the verge of hitting Pluto and compressing its atmosphere, but this is expected to happen well after the flyby. Meanwhile, New Horizons has just taken its best picture of Pluto's farside, which is dotted with mysterious dark spots.  Check http://spaceweather.com for more information.

AURORA ALERTS:  On July 10th and 11th, a G1-class geomagnetic storm sparked auroras over multiple US states including Michigan, Vermont, Maine, Massachusetts and the Dakotas.  Did you miss the display?  Next time get a phone call while geomagnetic storms are underway.  Aurora alerts are available from http://spaceweathertext.com (text) and http://spaceweatherphone.com (phone).


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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)
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Lyra Main Website: http://www.lyra-astro.co.uk/

Monday, 6 July 2015

4th of July Geomagnetic Storm

Space Weather News for July 4-5, 2015
http://spaceweather.com

A solar wind stream hit Earth's magnetic field on July 4th, sparking a moderately strong (G2-class) geomagnetic storm.  High-latitude sky watchers who receive this email before sunrise on July 5th should be alert for auroras. The hours around local midnight are usually the best times to look.  Check http://spaceweather.com for updates.

AURORA ALERTS:  Don't sleep through the auroras.  Get a phone call when geomagnetic storms are underway.  Space weather alerts are available from http://spaceweathertext.com (text) and http://spaceweatherphone.com (voice).

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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)
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Lyra Main Website: http://www.lyra-astro.co.uk/

[BAA-ebulletin 00864] Reminder for the next BAA weekend meeting on 4th to 6th September 2015.

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This is a reminder for the next British Astronomical Association weekend
meeting on 4th to 6th September 2015.

We know that holidays, time relaxing in the garden and days out are at the
forefront of your mind right now, but if you are planning to attend this
meeting please do not forget to book your place for this meeting.

Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Didcot, OX11 0QX

Programme for the Weekend

Friday Evening 19:00 – 22:00

Dr Chris North (University of Cardiff) - State of the Cosmos

Newbury Society members' short talks


Saturday 09:30 – 17:45

Paul Eccleston (RAL) - Space Engineering and Instrumentation

Dr Emanuele Nardini (Keele University) - Winds and feedback from Active
Galactic Nuclei

Dr Chris Pearson (RAL) - Herschel's Incredibly Cool Universe

Dr Jackie Davies (RAL) - Observing the Sun from Space

Prof Andrew Taylor (University of Edinburgh) - Euclid, ESA's Dark Energy
space mission


Sunday Morning 10:00 – 12:00

Tour of the new RAL Space National Space Integration Facility


The cost for the weekend for BAA and Affiliated Society members is £15.00
and for non-members is £17.50. For accompanied children under 16 the cost
is £7.00. This includes refreshments and a cold buffet lunch on Saturday.


Accommodation is available both on the RAL site and at local hotels and
pubs. Details of accommodation and booking arrangements are available on
the BAA website *www.britastro.org/RAL2015
<http://www.britastro.org/RAL2015>* or from the BAA office.


Because of security requirements at the RAL site, anyone wishing to attend
must pre-book. Bookings will close on*26th August*. If you book and are not
able to come please let us know so we can let someone else take your place.

We look forward to seeing you there.

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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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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)
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Lyra Main Website: http://www.lyra-astro.co.uk/

Thursday, 2 July 2015

[BAA-ebulletin 00863] Venus-Jupiter Conjunction: 2015 June 30

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A short reminder to look out tonight for the close appulse of the two bright planets Venus and Jupiter in the western sky after sunset. For UK observers the weather looks to be very favourable and perhaps the best time to view the spectacle will be around 22.30 local time when they approach to within about 19' of each other. It should be well worth taking a look at the two planets in the same field of view using a medium-power eyepiece, say x100 - x150 magnification.

Venus will be especially brilliant at magnitude -4.4 visible as a 34% illuminated crescent some 32" across. Jupiter at magnitude -1.8, and also measuring 32" in size, has all four gallilean satellites on display: Ganymede being situated furthest from he planet and Io, Europa and Callisto strung out in a line diametrically opposite.

Tell your friends and family too - the conjunction should be quite a sight!

Richard Miles
2015 June 30 09:40
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-- 
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/