You may have seen in the media some very welcome news regarding the approval of International Dark Sky Reserve status for the two National Parks located in Yorkshire. The status will provide a huge boost to astro-tourism in the area and hopefully prove beneficial for local Astronomical Societies. 

  [Read more about International Dark Sky Reserve Status Approved]

It's been a very different last 9 months, challenging, frustrating, sometimes uplifting. Here then is a brief summary of 2020 from the societies prospective, including highlights of events in the sky.   [Read more about 2020 -A Year to Remember?]

A reminder that Paul Money's excellent Night Scenes almanac is available for 2021, but on PDF or Kindle e book format only. Details are as follows..

 

Tentative plans are been drawn up for the societies participation in star party events being held in the new year. Whether they will be possible remains to be seen, dependent on the nature and severity of any Covid restrictions in operation.  [Read more about Possible Star Party Events by Late Winter 2021?]

The final planetary highlight of 2020 (and arguably the best) occurred in December, a rare close conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn. Fortunately the weather was not uniformly ill-spirited for one of the evenings, with Sunday 20th turning out to the best of the 'conjunction days' and so ...

 

 

 

 

In this month's edition:

  • Planetary Skylights 
  • Meteors: Quadrantids
  • January 2021 Sky Charts
  • Winter solstice.

Due to new covid restrictions coming into force there will be no society meeting in January or (probably) February. Observatory open nights will also not be possible in January, but after that ... [Read more about Society Meetings and Observatory Open Nights. ]

Good News! Paul Money's excellent Night Scenes almanac is now available for 2021, but on PDF or Kindle e book format only. Details are as follows..

 

Paul Money's excellent Night Scenes publication has had to change format for 2021 due to the knock on effect of Covid 19. [Read more about Night Scenes - A different format for 2021]

Not really surprising that we won't be able to hold society meetings in November, or quite probably December (but we'll see). So, it's looking as though it's going to be the New Year (not necessarily January either) before we have chance to meet formally at the College.  [Read more about Society Meetings, Observatory Open Nights and Christmas Meal. ]

It's looking very likely that the chances of hosting any public events for NAW are, as of writing (Oct 31st) about to evaporate.

  [Read more about National Astronomy Week Events]

Yes, it is hard to believe, but clear skies graced both Mars observation evenings, well almost. [Read more about Mars Observation Evenings - Report]

In this month's edition:

  • Planetary Skylights: Mars, Jupiter & Saturn, Neptune & Uranus, Venus and Mercury

November 2020 Sky Charts[Read more about Sky Notes - November 2020]

With Mars at opposition this month, the most favourable until 2035, the opportunity to view the Red Planet is too good pass up on.. [Read more about Mars Observation Evenings. ]

It's looking increasingly unlikely a Society meeting will be held in October. [Read more about Society Monthly Meetings - October's Cancelled]

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