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.

  • Partial Solar Eclipse 2021 June 10 – Images From the UK
    by Geoff Elston on 11th June 2021 at 5:52 pm

    Here are some images of the partial solar eclipse taken yesterday taken by our members.          

  • Meteor outlook for July and August 2021
    by Mark McIntyre on 7th June 2021 at 3:45 pm

    The southern Delta-Aquariids (SDA) peak on 30th July with an hourly rate of around 25. They’re a good target for radio detections as most of the shower will be below the horizon for UK observers. The alpha-Capricornids (CAP) peak atRead more Source

  • AR2824 Approaches Limb
    by Geoff Elston on 30th May 2021 at 4:09 pm

    Active Region 2824 is now approaching the western solar limb. It is still very active. My thanks to Carl Bowron for this image taken on the 29th.

  • Looking Forward to the Planets in June and July 2021
    by Alan Clitherow on 28th May 2021 at 4:06 pm

    Mercury is in inferior conjunction, between the Earth and the Sun on 11 June then moves into the early morning sky. It puts on a very good show for observers near the equator and, especially, into the southern-hemisphere and canRead more Source

  • AR2824 Is Highly Solar Flare Active
    by Geoff Elston on 23rd May 2021 at 5:28 pm

    In the past few days AR2824 has unleased multiple C-class solar flares and a couple of M-class flares too for good measure, resulting in a strong radio burst on the 22nd.   My thanks to Carl Bowron for this fullRead more

  • AR2824 Is Solar Flare Active
    by Geoff Elston on 18th May 2021 at 6:35 pm

    Active Region 2824 is currently just emerging over the eastern solar limb and it is reported to be C-class solar flare active. One to watch in H-alpha…

  • Planetary Section Report; February and March 2021
    by Alan Clitherow on 16th April 2021 at 3:32 pm

    Disappointingly few good targets presented themselves to section observers in this period. Indeed the only really accessible evening planet was Mars and this was late in its current apparition. As a result, while still relatively high in the south-western sky,Read more Source

  • Fireball over Spain
    by Mark McIntyre on 6th April 2021 at 8:08 pm

    On the 1st of April a spectacular fireball was seen over the Spanish city of Toledo.  Reports suggest that it was seen as far away as 500km! There’s a great video (link below). Analysis suggests it burned up at 46kmRead more Source

  • Looking Forward to the Planets in April and May 2021
    by Alan Clitherow on 26th March 2021 at 8:36 pm

    Mercury starts April moving towards superior conjunction behind the Sun, reaching this point on the 19th. It can best be seen in the dark morning skies of the southern hemisphere before conjunction but afterwards moves on to the best eveningRead more Source

  • Binocular Variable in Cassiopeia
    by Matthew Barrett on 21st March 2021 at 12:42 pm

    A nova was discovered, in Cassiopeia, on the 18th of March, by Japanese amateur astronomer Yuji Nakamura, who reported it to Japan’s national observatory. It has been confirmed as a nova on the basis of its spectrum. The nova isRead more Source