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.

  • Quiet Sun
    by Geoff Elston on 14th July 2018 at 11:10 am

    There are currently no sunspots visible. The post Quiet Sun appeared first on Solar Section. […]

  • Section Report 2018.7.12
    by Graham Sparrow on 12th July 2018 at 3:16 pm

    It’s ironic that, after an autumn and winter when clear skies were a rarity, the summer should provide so many clear nights at a time when  it hardly gets dark! Judging by the increase in the number of images sentRead more The post Section Report 2018.7.12 appeared first on Lunar Section. […]

  • Planetary Section Report; April and May 2018
    by Alan Clitherow on 4th July 2018 at 11:40 am

    Periods of quiet and settled weather made April and May suitable for a number of excellent observations this year. With the planets are seen at low elevations due to the position of the ecliptic in the sky on spring eveningsRead more The post Planetary Section Report; April and May 2018 appeared first on Planetary Section. […]

  • Section Report 2018.5.30
    by Graham Sparrow on 29th May 2018 at 3:01 pm

    The long-awaited clear  skies and the warm weather have clearly brought SPA members out to their telescopes and I have received images from Paul Brierly and Dave Finnigan.  The seeing has not always been the best and this was theRead more The post Section Report 2018.5.30 appeared first on Lunar Section. […]

  • Looking Forward to the Planets; June and July 2018
    by Alan Clitherow on 28th May 2018 at 11:43 am

    From mid-June to early July Mercury has a difficult evening apparition as viewed from the northern hemisphere. The planet is hidden behind the Sun on the 6th of June but moves into the evening sky mid-month and goes on toRead more The post Looking Forward to the Planets; June and July 2018 appeared first on Planetary Section. […]

  • Planetary Section Report; February and March 2018
    by Alan Clitherow on 3rd May 2018 at 9:05 am

    As with the last reporting period, this period was not rich with easily accessible planetary targets however the section managed some excellent observations demonstrating, in particular, the very dynamic nature of the Jovian atmosphere. Having said that, I will startRead more The post Planetary Section Report; February and March 2018 appeared first on Planetary Section. […]

  • Looking Forward: The Planets in April and May 2018
    by Alan Clitherow on 29th March 2018 at 8:34 am

    At the start of April Mercury is between the Earth and the Sun and thereafter emerges into the morning sky to give a very good apparition for the southern hemisphere. Greatest morning (western) elongation happens on the 29th of AprilRead more The post Looking Forward: The Planets in April and May 2018 appeared first on Planetary Section. […]

  • Section Report 2018.3.7
    by Graham Sparrow on 15th March 2018 at 3:58 pm

    The final months of 2017 and the first months of 2018 brought few submissions to the Lunar Section. No doubt this was due to the weather we experienced during the winter; certainly the few clear nights never seemed to coincide withRead more The post Section Report 2018.3.7 appeared first on Lunar Section. […]

  • Latest findings at Jupiter by Juno Team
    by Alan Clitherow on 8th March 2018 at 11:52 am

      Experienced and enthusiastic observers will recall that a remarkable hexagonal storm was discovered surrounding the North Pole of Saturn by the Voyager mission in 1981 and subsequently confirmed by NASA’s Cassini probe in 2006. This extraordinary feature became slowlyRead more The post Latest findings at Jupiter by Juno Team appeared first on Planetary Section. […]

  • Planetary Section Report; December 2017 and January 2018
    by Alan Clitherow on 22nd February 2018 at 1:56 pm

    As with the last reporting period the outer ‘ice-giant’ planets of Uranus and Neptune were the main objects available to view during evening skies however Mars and Jupiter started to make early-morning appearances. It must be said, however, that observingRead more The post Planetary Section Report; December 2017 and January 2018 appeared first on Planetary Section. […]