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Latest News (and Member Images below)
Meetings at the Royal Russell School
Kenley Observatory Openings
• Our observatory at Kenley is unlikely to be open this Saturday 11th February, partly due to the weather and partly because the main telescope is under maintenance, hopefully not for long. Whenever open the public are welcome, just turn up.
Facilities at the observatory are hot water for drinks and wireless broadband Internet. A reminder that there is no parking at the observatory itself; visitors are asked to park at the off-
• Transit of Mercury, the crossing of this planet across the Sun, was observed by many of our members on Monday 9th May, at Kenley and further afield. Images here and in our Gallery.
• Messier Marathon. This is an observing session to see as many Messier (deep sky) objects as possible in one night. An otherwise open event; members and public; no need to book. More information and support materials here.
• Unfortunately the weather for the solar eclipse (partial from London), was not favourable, though several members from our society attended on Friday morning, 20th March at our Kenley observatory just in case.
Below is a half hour programme made as a tribute to his life and work.
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.