Despite a rainy forecast and a short downpour, several visitors had a good look at the Sun with a variety of solar telescopes. A few sunspots were visible along with several prominences.
Our Stargazing Live event was a great success despite a mainly cloudy sky. Over 120 people enjoyed a series of interesting talks, looked at our impressive displays and chatted to our knowledgeable astronomers. A few even managed to see Jupiter and its moons before the clouds rolled in. A great evening.
A clear sky brought many people to Mayfield to see the Moon through many different types of telescope. They were also able to learn more about the Moon, space missions associated with it and why Neil Armstrong was the first human to set foot on the Moon.
We travelled to Castleton in the Peak District to take part in a Sungazing-style event as part of the National Parks Week celebrations. Many visitors to the town stopped to view the Sun through our telescopes and they all learned a little bit more about our closest star.
This image of the Sun was taken by SAS member Chris Walker in one of the few fleeting gaps in the clouds on an otherwise grey and sometimes drizzly Sungazing Live event. The image is made more impressive by the fact that it was taken using a mobile phone held up to the telescope eyepiece.
A hardy group of members headed up Ringinglow Road to get a good viewpoint for the transit, visible from dawn at 04:45. As usual for an important astronomical event, no Sun was to be seen but they followed the event live using an iPad on the Internet. Roll on 2117!
Here is a great picture of Jupiter, Venus and the Moon with the ISS zipping past taken from society President Steve’s back garden on 24th February. The ten exposure second causes the Moon to be very bright but allows the movement of the ISS across the sky to be seen clearly.
Society Secretary Darren Swindells has produced new images whilst on holiday under the dark Exmoor skies in Devon. Darren isn’t happy with the final quality of his new images, as the weather prevented good alignment of his telescope. Intermittent mist and thick cloud kept obscuring portions of the sky, but in the breaks he managed to capture