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.

  • 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.

  • Radio Meteor Bulletin July 2019
    by Mark McIntyre on 4th August 2019 at 1:59 pm

    For those of you interested in radio meteor observations,  the latest Radio Meteor Observation Bulletin No. 312 of July 2019 (53 K) is available now at http://www.rmob.org/rmobtext/rmob1907.txt The post Radio Meteor Bulletin July 2019 appeared first on Meteor Section.

  • The Planets in August and September 2019
    by Alan Clitherow on 29th July 2019 at 9:01 am

    Mercury is often a difficult target for observers at UK latitudes but for a few days either side of the 9th of August it puts on a reasonable show in the early morning sky. On that date Mercury reaches greatestRead more The post The Planets in August and September 2019 appeared first on Planetary Section.

  • The partial lunar eclipse on 2019 July 16th
    by David Graham on 28th July 2019 at 6:07 pm

    In 2019, observers were treated to two lunar eclipses.  The eclipse on January 21st was a total one, though it meant getting up before dawn to see it, at the coldest part of the year! Hence it would be mainlyRead more The post The partial lunar eclipse on 2019 July 16th appeared first on Lunar Section.

  • Green Flash Caught On Camera
    by Geoff Elston on 16th July 2019 at 5:43 pm

    While in Chile recently, to see the Total Solar Eclipse, SPA member, Alison Harvey, took this image of the setting Sun over the Pacific Ocean capturing the often-elusive Green Flash. The Green Flash occurs because of the strong refraction ofRead more The post Green Flash Caught On Camera appeared first on Solar Section.

  • Planetary Section Report for April and May 2019
    by Alan Clitherow on 6th June 2019 at 11:25 am

    April and May was a rather slow period for the section with little to see and that at rather low altitude. Nonetheless section members managed to produce some very creditable results with observations of Mars, very late in its currentRead more The post Planetary Section Report for April and May 2019 appeared first on Planetary Section.

  • The Planets in June and July 2019
    by Alan Clitherow on 29th May 2019 at 9:46 am

    Mercury starts June as an early evening object, stretching steadily eastwards of the Sun to reach its greatest eastern (evening) elongation of 25 degrees on the 23rd of the month. It will initially increase its elevation at the same time,Read more The post The Planets in June and July 2019 appeared first on Planetary Section.

  • Amazingly Bright Fireball Detected over Australia
    by Mark McIntyre on 22nd May 2019 at 8:45 pm

    The BBC has a report that video cameras in Australia picked up a very bright fireball on the night of Tuesday 21st May. The video can be seen here. Its pretty bright! https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/world-australia-48364524/meteor-captured-on-camera-over-australia   The post Amazingly Bright Fireball Detected over Australia appeared first on Meteor Section.

  • UK Video Meteor Detection Networks Reach Major Milestone
    by Mark McIntyre on 12th May 2019 at 3:17 pm

    From: Steve Bosley, Vice Chairman, Hampshire Astronomical Group at Clanfield Observatory. The UK’s meteor detection networks have now passed half a million detections!  In mid 2012 two meteor detection networks were being setup independently in the north and south ofRead more The post UK Video Meteor Detection Networks Reach Major Milestone appeared first on Meteor Section.

  • Three Mira Stars For May
    by Matthew Barrett on 4th May 2019 at 7:52 pm

    Three of the Mira stars on the SPA program are will be visible in binoculars during May. T Cephei, a popular circumpolar star with a typical range of 6.0 – 10.5 was recently observed at about the seventh magnitude. ItRead more The post Three Mira Stars For May appeared first on Variable Star Section.