Event Calendar

Feb
22
Fri
2019
Stars in the sky – SARAS & National Trust Dark Skies Festival Event @ National Trust
Feb 22 @ 19:30 – 21:30

Stars in the sky
On Friday 22 February Scarborough & Ryedale Astronomical Society are teaming up with The National Trust at Ravenscar to gaze at stars and planets, marking the North York Moors National Park’s Dark Skies Festival.
Free Event but booking required as spaces are limited
Find out more including booking details here: https://bit.ly/2FxcEE2

Mar
1
Fri
2019
Public Stargazing in Dalby Forest – March 2019 @ Low Dalby Astronomy Centre
Mar 1 @ 20:00 – 21:30

 

Star trails from Dalby Forest. Image credit: North Yorkshire Moors National Park.

Star trails from Dalby Forest. Image credit: North Yorkshire Moors National Park.

Our regular public stargazing at the Low Dalby Astronomy Centre in Dalby Forest held during the autumn and winter months. Come and see the stars, planets, nebulae and galaxies under one of the darkest skies in the country. The site of the society observatories was awarded the Milky Way Class of the UK Dark Sky Discovery Award in January 2013.

Please wrap up warm and bring along a torch (preferably with a red filter to preserve yours & others night vision).
Please avoid shining white light torches near the observatories, during the event or at other’s faces at it will take 20 minutes for eyes to readjust to the dark
Take extra care in the car park also.

If the weather happens to be inclement, please don’t be put off. A member of the society will give a talk / virtual tour in the warmth of the Forestry Commission Visitor Centre.

Event itself is FREE. The Forestry Commission now charge on exiting the forest – charge is reduced to £3 per vehicle for this event (code supplied at event).

Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate dogs at the event (excluding assistance dogs).

Charitable donations welcomed.
Suggested donation of £2 per adult and £1 per child.

No booking required.

Mar
15
Fri
2019
Ayton Meeting – Speaker: Brad Gibson “Wonders of the Universe: A TripAdvisor Top 10 Countdown!” – 15 March 2019 @ Ayton Village Hall
Mar 15 @ 19:45 – 21:30

Friday 15 March 2019 7.45pm, East Ayton Village Hall

Guest Speaker Professor Brad Gibson, Professor of Astrophysics & Director of the E.A Milne Centre for Astrophysics at the University of Hull will be presenting “Wonders of the Universe: A TripAdvisor Top 10 Countdown!”

Free for members of the society.
£3 on the door for non-members.

Free refreshments.

Apr
19
Fri
2019
Ayton Meeting – Speaker: Jurgen Schmoll “Basics of Astrophotography” – 19 April 2019 @ Ayton Village Hall
Apr 19 @ 19:45 – 21:30

Friday 19 April 2019 7.45pm, East Ayton Village Hall

Guest Speaker Dr Jurgen Schmoll of Durham University will be presenting “Basics of Astrophotography”

This talk will cover every aspect of astrophotography from a simple camera on a tripod to a guided telescope imaging system, what results to expect and how to stack multiple images to create detailed final images.

Free for members of the society.
£3 on the door for non-members.

Doors open 7:15pm

Free refreshments.

May
17
Fri
2019
Ayton Meeting – Speaker: Dr Emily Brunsden “Fantastic Planets and how to find them” – 17 May 2019 @ Ayton Village Hall
May 17 @ 19:45 – 21:30

Friday 17 May 2019 7.45pm, East Ayton Village Hall

Guest Speaker Dr Emily Brunsden of York Astrocampus – “Fantastic Planets and how to find them

Free for members of the society.
£3 on the door for non-members.

Doors open 7:15pm

Free refreshments.

Jun
21
Fri
2019
Ayton Meeting – Apollo 11 50th Anniversary themed meeting – 21 June 2019 @ Ayton Village Hall
Jun 21 @ 19:45 – 21:30

Friday 21 June 2019 7.45pm, East Ayton Village Hall

The 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landings is on 20th July 2019.
As our July meeting is the AGM, we are holding an Apollo themed Meeting in June.

We hope to a have a couple of short (15 minute or so) talks on subjects relating to the Apollo 11 mission as well as the entire Apollo programme as well as related materials and activities, we hope to have an interactive activity as well (barring any technical difficulties)

If anyone would like to bring along anything Apollo related for display/discussion or speak about the subject (or both!), please let us know at saras.secretary@gmail.com

Free for members of the society.
£3 on the door for non-members.

Doors open 7:15pm

Free refreshments.

 

Jul
7
Sun
2019
Dalby Explorer Day 2019 @ Dalby Forest Visitors Centre
Jul 7 @ 10:30 – 15:30

S&RAS members will be at the Dalby Explorer Day on Sunday 7th July 2019, 10:30 – 15:30.

The theme this year is “100 years” and we will be showcasing how astronomical knowledge and technology has changed in the last century.

Weather permitting we will have Solar scopes set up for safe solar viewing as well as opening the observatories to have a look at our night sky telescopes.

Dalby Forest Explorer Day Event Webpage

The event is free, however the Dalby entry fee still applies: Details HERE

 

Jul
16
Tue
2019
Partial Lunar Eclipse 16/07/2019 @ Holbeck Car Park
Jul 16 @ 21:15 – Jul 17 @ 00:00

SCARBOROUGH & RYEDALE ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY will be hosting a Public Observing Night at the Holbeck Car Park, at the end of SEA CLIFF ROAD, on the night of the eclipse (weather permitting) to give you the chance, not only to see the eclipse through telescopes, but to observe the ‘Ringed Planet’ SATURN, which is at its nearest to the Earth at this time!

JULY 16. FULL MOON is at 21h 30 UT (22h 30 Local UK time) This FULL MOON dips partially into EARTH’S Shadow giving us a Partial Lunar Eclipse.
Moon enters the Umbra of the Earth’s Shadow at 20h 02 UT (21:02 Local UK Time) and leaves it at 22h 59 UT. (23h 59 Local UK Time)

At Mid-eclipse, just over 60% of the Northern part of the Moon lies in the umbra of the Earth’s Shadow. This Full Moon is another low altitude one for observers in the UK. Take this opportunity to observe Saturn which is at its nearest to Earth, and see its wide open rings, visible in small telescopes!

Jul
19
Fri
2019
Annual General Meeting (AGM) – 19 July 2019 @ Ayton Village Hall
Jul 19 @ 19:45 – 21:45

Review of the 2018/19 year, elections of the committee and voting on any other business.
The meeting takes place at Ayton Village Hall, East Ayton.

There will be no guest speaker or astronomy presentation at this meeting.

If anyone would like to stand for a role on the committee or do not wish to stand for re-election, please let the Secretary know before the meeting: saras.secretary@gmail.com

Membership fees for 2019/20 are due from society members and can be paid on the evening.
Non-society members welcome.

Refreshments available after the meeting.

Aug
29
Thu
2019
StarFest 2019 @ Adderstone Field, Dalby Forest
Aug 29 – Sep 1 all-day

18th Annual StarFest

Thursday 29th August – Mon 2nd September 2019

Adderstone Field, Dalby Forest, North Yorkshire

Details of the 2019 event are available at: http://www.scarborough-ryedale-as.org.uk/saras/starfest/starfest-2019/