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Latest News (and Member Images below)
Kenley Observatory Openings
• Our observatory at Kenley will unfortunately not be open tonight Sunday 12th due to unfavourable weather. It was last opened on Friday 10th as part of our ‘Planet’ week. Despite changeable weather we have had clear spells on occasion and has proved to be a success on the nights it was clear. This event was open to the public (no need to book, just turn up). Details here.
It was last opened last Friday night, and visible in the night sky were the major planets including a very favourable and rare view of Mars, as well as many deep sky objects.
All Saturdays are open to the public (no need to book, just turn up) unless otherwise stated.
Meetings at the Royal Russell School
• We are now into our summer break so the next meeting at the Royal Russell School is on Friday 7th September at 7:45 pm. Details, along with the schedule of dates and talks, can be seen here, which are updated as soon as they are known.
• The Latest News page has new items (updated: 6th August).
• The Events page has new events (updated: 6th August). Observing events at Kenley, past and for the rest of the year.
• The Observing page now has links to what can be seen in the night sky right now, choosing a telescope, online calculators etc.
• Photo Gallery updated 6th August.
• Events and Observing sessions: we have the following events planned, listed here, at our Kenley Observatory.
Recent member images
Above are photographs taken by some of our members (click on any photograph for a larger image and can also be viewed here). The supernova is the star below centre about half way down the galaxy. Now at magnitude 10.5 it can be viewed through small to medium sized telescopes against a dark sky.
• The annual BBC Stargazing LIVE occurred last week and here is the list of events following on from it. Our society participated by attending the Royal Holloway University, Egham, Surrey TW20 0EX on Thursday 9 Jan from the afternoon to 9:30pm. Given the clear skies and many telescopes it was a great success, with an estimated several thousand people observing the Moon, the planet Jupiter and several deep sky objects. Event photographs.
• The Astronomy page now has links to what can be seen in the the night sky right now.
Discovered on 19th May by Pan-
The light curve is consistent with that of a Type II-
M106 is well placed almost overhead in Canes Venatici (right next to the Plough) in the evening sky and observations are encouraged. Please report any magnitude estimates you are able to make to both Guy Hurst and the VSS.
The recent supernova SN2014j in the M82 galaxy, slowly fading, was seen as recently as last Saturday 17th May, from Kenley, in less than ideal conditions, which makes it still a relatively easy object to photograph (images from January and February below).
Early in the eastern sky on the 18th August the two planets Venus (brighter and to the left) and Jupiter were in conjunction.
The first image was taken just after 5 am on the 18th Aug by Tim Rickard, and the second just after 5:30 am on the 20th by William.
The forecast for the 21st is clear; please submit any photographs you may take.
Left: a recent image by Tim Coskun; the Witch’s Broom in the constellation Cygnus.
A total Lunar eclipse on the 28th Sept 2015 was observed by our members, mostly in the south London area. Centre image by William and on the right a time montage by James Robertson. Click on each to enlarge.
Below is a half hour programme made as a tribute to his life and work.
North American nebula -
Andromeda galaxy -