Welcome to 2019
I hope Santa brought
everyone what they wanted including new astronomy gear, as this would
account for the increase in cloud and fog exactly on Christmas.
I’ve managed a few visual observations of Comet 46P/Wirtanen, currently in the constellation Lynx, but unfortunately I’ve been unsuccessful in getting an image currently, unlike some lucky others who have posted their images on the society members Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/sarasmembers/
I have recently found a really good resource for grab and go observing, skymaps.com.
provide a monthly sky map with a sky calender and planisphere for the
particular month, marked with Deep Sky Objects, all on a handy printable
next Ayton meeting will be on Friday 18th January 2019 and SARAS
President John Harper will be giving the talk “Around the Zodiac”
is no public observing in January so Friday 1st February is our next
Public Observing session, 8pm to 9:30pm, followed by members-only
Dates for Dalby StarFest 2019 have now been confirmed:
Thursday 29th August – Mon 2nd September 2019
New moon is on the 30th so hopefully dark skies aplenty
Booking will commence from January 2019 – event details available HERE and will be updated fully for the opening of registrations in January.
Further information will be sent out in due course if you have attended previously or signed up to the mailing list
Just a reminder that in December we hold the member’s Christmas Meal instead of having an Ayton meeting.
The next Ayton meeting will be on Friday 18th January 2019 – John Harper FRAS – “Around the Zodiac”
Friday 19 October 2018 7.45pm, East Ayton Village Hall
Guest Speaker: Roy Gunson “Pickering’s Harem”
Williamina Flemming – abandoned by her new husband just months after arriving in Boston, USA from Dundee. Pregnant and alone she rose to become one of the most famed female astronomers of the early 20th century . Her story plus those of a host of other female astronomers hired by Charles Edward Pickering between 1880 and 1919 to work at the Harvard College Observatory gives a remarkable insight on the determination by these women to succeed.