Lyrids by Moonlight

Lyrids by Moonlight

It sounds like the title of a cheesy 1940s romantic film, but the Lyrid meteors are active between 16 and 25 April. And this year, moonlight will interfere quite badly with observations – though if you are persistent, and given the current settled weather, you could strike lucky and see a few of these shooting stars. Read more

Latest news from the observing sections

As well as offering observing advice and producing reports on members’ observations, the SPA’s Observing Sections publish occasional news items about their field of astronomy. Here are the latest. You can read more on each Section’s individual area of this site.

  • Meteor Outlook for October 2019
    by Mark McIntyre on 6th October 2019 at 8:35 am

    We have several meteor showers coming up – though please don’t believe the press hype about massive fireballs as bright as the moon, thats not really likely. I’d be delighted if you saw one though and if you do, pleaseRead more The post Meteor Outlook for October 2019 appeared first on Meteor Section.

  • Mira Brightening & R CrB Fading?
    by Matthew Barrett on 28th September 2019 at 9:08 am

    The long period variable Mira (Omicron Ceti) is now bright enough to be seen in binoculars, even from light polluted sites. From dark sky sites it may be visible with the naked eye as it approaches maximum in November. ForRead more The post Mira Brightening & R CrB Fading? appeared first on Variable Star Section.

  • Blank Sun
    by Geoff Elston on 27th September 2019 at 1:39 pm

    The Sun is currently spotless. The post Blank Sun appeared first on Solar Section.

  • The Planets in October and November Plus The Transit Of Mercury.
    by Alan Clitherow on 27th September 2019 at 11:27 am

    Undoubtedly the most unmissable planetary event in this period is the transit of Mercury across the face of the Sun on November the 11th, however prior to this Mercury puts on a good show in the evening sky for equatorialRead more The post The Planets in October and November Plus The Transit Of Mercury. appeared first on Planetary Section.

  • R Trianguli now visible in binoculars.
    by Matthew Barrett on 26th September 2019 at 3:22 pm

    The long-period variable, R Trianguli, varies between magnitudes of about six and twelve with a period of seven and a half months. It is predicted to reach maximum brightness in October and is already bright enough to be seen inRead more The post R Trianguli now visible in binoculars. appeared first on Variable Star Section.

  • Meteor lights up Australian skies
    by Mark McIntyre on 21st September 2019 at 6:43 pm

    The BBC reports that a fireball lit up the skies over Victoria and Tasmania on Friday 20th September. Video here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/world-australia-49783230/meteor-lights-up-parts-of-australian-sky The post Meteor lights up Australian skies appeared first on Meteor Section.

  • Daytime Fireball over Germany on 12th Sept 2019
    by Mark McIntyre on 14th September 2019 at 9:57 am

    By Mark McIntyre A bright daytime fireball was seen over northern Germany on the 12th of September. The meteor was picked up on several cameras and even on a kite-surfer’s GoPro video of himself. Check out the still below andRead more The post Daytime Fireball over Germany on 12th Sept 2019 appeared first on Meteor Section.

  • Is it a plane? Is it aliens? No, its a meteor, as caught by SCAMP and FRIPON
    by Mark McIntyre on 12th September 2019 at 7:59 pm

    From an original article By Jim Rowe With updates by Mark McIntyre At 5:51 on the morning of Sunday 8th September a very bright, slow meteor was spotted from southern England and France. Or a plane crash, as it wasRead more The post Is it a plane? Is it aliens? No, its a meteor, as caught by SCAMP and FRIPON appeared first on Meteor Section.

  • Planetary Section Report; June and July 2019
    by Alan Clitherow on 30th August 2019 at 7:25 pm

    June opened with some fascinating planetary news concerning Jupiter; worldwide a number of amateurs had observed small storm features in the southern edge of the South Equatorial Belt (SEB) of Jupiter that were travelling along with the powerful local jetstream,Read more The post Planetary Section Report; June and July 2019 appeared first on Planetary Section.

  • Three Bright Semi-Regular Variables for Summer.
    by Matthew Barrett on 5th August 2019 at 1:59 pm

    If you are looking to add some new variables to your observing list, then here are some stars you may want to consider. Delphinus contains two easy to find variables: EU Del and U Del. Both EU Del and URead more The post Three Bright Semi-Regular Variables for Summer. appeared first on Variable Star Section.