At our London meeting on 27 April, science broadcaster and author Dallas Campbell looks to the future and foresees the day when ordinary people will be able to follow in the footsteps of Neil Armstrong.
Comet Iwamoto is still high in the evening sky, but if you’re hoping to see a blazing object with a fine tail, you will be disappointed. As our previous story points out, this is an object best treated as a visitor to our skies, on a par with many deep-sky objects but more suited to those with a good working knowledge of the sky. Read more
Comets get people excited, and even a faint one provides a new target for us to search for. Comet Iwamoto promises to be just such a comet, a fleeting visitor to our skies that will prove a challenge to many people, but with the great advantage that it’s accessible at a good time in the evening and high up in the sky, in Leo. Read more
The SPA holds regular Saturday meetings every three months in London.
Whatever your interests, we’ve a section to suit you. Get expert advice and send in your own observations.
We’ll be holding another weekend course in November 2019 – details to be announced. Meanwhile, you can click here to find out about last year’s Preston Montford Weekend Course
Here is a map of the sky as it will appear from the latitude of London (51° 50′) in mid February, 2019, at 22h UT (GMT).
Learning the sky might seem tricky at first. There are so many stars, and unlike visiting a new town or city, the stars keep on moving around!
If you’re interested in astronomy, it stands to reason that you need a telescope, and the bigger the better.