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Latest News (and Member Images below)
Meetings at the Royal Russell School
• The next meeting at the Royal Russell School is next month 13th October at 7:45 pm, when Damian Peach will present to us a talk on High Resolution Astrophotography. The schedule of dates and talks can be seen here with details updated as soon as they are known.
• Notice is hereby given that an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) will be held at the school meeting of 27th October. This has been called because the accounts could not be audited in time for the AGM of 12th May. The agenda is: To approve the 2016/17 accounts.
Kenley Observatory Openings
• With the summer break over we are now into our new observing season and so our observatory at Kenley is back to opening again. Specific openings and details of what can be seen are on the Forthcoming Events section of the events page.
Whenever open on a Saturday the public are welcome, just turn up.
Location, facilities and notification of all openings are given here.
• Photo Gallery updated 7th March. with a new gallery.
• Events and Observing sessions: we have the following events planned, listed here, at our Kenley Observatory.
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.
Recent member images
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.