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.

  • 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.

  • Blank Sun Returns
    by Geoff Elston on 5th September 2019 at 7:06 pm

    The Sun is once again spotless. The post Blank Sun Returns appeared first on Solar Section.

  • Sunspot Makes An Appearance!
    by Geoff Elston on 2nd September 2019 at 6:58 pm

    Active Region 2748 has appeared near the centre of the solar disc bring to an end a period of blank Sun lasting some 24 days. AR2748 is fairly low-latitude sunspot and from its magnetic footprint it is an old (CycleRead more The post Sunspot Makes An Appearance! appeared first on Solar 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.