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.

  • Spotless Sun Remains
    by Geoff Elston on 16th July 2019 at 5:44 pm

    The Sun is currently spotless and has been so for the past 8 days. The post Spotless Sun Remains appeared first on Solar 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. […]

  • Daylight Meteor over Russia
    by Mark McIntyre on 19th April 2019 at 9:40 pm

    Russia seems to get more than its fair share of fireballs, and this time a daytime meteor was picked up on multiple dashcams on 6th April over the city of Krasnoyarsk in the southeastern part of the country. The meteorRead more The post Daylight Meteor over Russia appeared first on Meteor Section. […]

  • Bright Fireball over the UK!
    by Mark McIntyre on 2nd April 2019 at 11:02 pm

    At 03.52 on the 30th of March 2019 a very bright fireball was detected by a number of observers around the UK. As well as visual observations, the fireball was picked up by multiple stations in the UKMON & NEMETODERead more The post Bright Fireball over the UK! appeared first on Meteor Section. […]

  • U Orionis Now Visible in Binoculars
    by Matthew Barrett on 2nd April 2019 at 8:23 pm

    If you out in the early evening you can still see the constellation of Orion low in the west; not long after sunset. Not far above Betelgeuse is U Orionis; a Mira type variable that typically varies between magnitudes sixRead more The post U Orionis Now Visible in Binoculars appeared first on Variable Star Section. […]