With Christmas comming up, you may have asked santa (or hoped for) a telescope to view the Heavens;- or his reindeer. But what scope would be the right kind? How much should i pay, and where do i buy in confidence. [Read more about A telescope is not just for Christmas]

Leeds Astromeet 2015

Four members (Andi, Keith, Lee and Mark) journeyed over to Leeds on a foul morning for this year’s Astromeet. Indeed even though Andi managed drop us off within just a few metres of the entrance, such was the intensity of the cloudburst at the time, we still got soaked... [Read more about Leeds Astromeet 2015]

The society Christmas meal has now been booked.  The venue is the Hare and Hounds in Hawsker, on Saturday December 5th for 19:30h Details of the menu are on our website.

As of going to press, 10 people have booked for the meal.  The menu choices have been passed on, so if anyone wishes to come along Tuesday 1st is the cut off date.

Travelling arrangements will be finalised at the December meeting (on the 1st) including picking up points and times. Andi and Mark usually act as the Taxi service, although we may book a taxi. [Read more about Christmas Meal 2015: Last Call]

In this month's edition:

  • Planetary Skylights: Mercury joins Uranus and Neptune in the evening, Saturn joins Jupiter, Venus and Mars in the morning. Chance of seeing all planets in one night!
  • Meteor Activity: Geminids and Ursids
  • Large Meteor seen from Whitby
  • Comet C/2013 US10 Catalina
  • Winter Solstice
  • December 2015 Sky Charts

For the final day of October you would be forgiven in thinking that summer had made an unscheduled return, such were the balmy conditions which coincided with both Goth weekend and the ‘Creatures of the Night’ event held at the Danby Moors Centre... [Read more about Danby Moors Centre Star Party]

Custom luxury comet building.The November meeting proved most educational and entertaining. After our usual look at the comings and goings in the heavens, society news and business etc, our attention turned to the more exotic and intoxicating.

Andi had prepared a presentation on Comets, to commemorate the 1st year anniversary of Philea landing on comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko (67P). In particular Andi thought it would be informative and fun to make a comet in the classroom using ingredients that are now known to be found in comets. He had furnished everyone with a bucket, a bag, gloves and then the ingredients; among which... [Read more about 'Comet Ye' causes a stir]


Observe the night sky with us at the Bruce Observatory, Whitby School.

Observing Nights are held weather permitting: check for a relatively clear sky before leaving home.  If in doubt, Mark can be reached on tel 01947 605516.

1 November, 2015 -
19:00 to 21:00
Bruce Observatory, Caedmon School Normandy Site (Whitby School)
Prospect Hill
YO21 1LA Whitby
United Kingdom

The second society meeting of the season, in newly renamed Caedmon College Normanby Site (you may know it as Whitby College or Whitby School), Room H1.

In Members' monthly meetings we usually take a tour of the night sky for the coming month using the Planetarium program, sometimes have other topics for discussion, etc.

3 November, 2015 -
19:30 to 21:15
Room H1, Caedmon College, Normanby Site (Whitby School)
Prospect Hill
YO21 1LA Whitby
United Kingdom

This year's Leeds Astromeet 2015 is on Saturday 7th November.

  • Prof Tom Marsh (Warwick University)
    "Astronomy at High-Speed: delving the depths of white dwarfs, neutron stars and black-holes"
  • Dr Richard Massey (Durham University)
    "What's the (Dark) Matter?"
  • Dr Melvin Hoare (Leeds University)
    "Developments in Radio Astronomy"
  • Dr Alan Chapman (Oxford University)
    "The Life of Sir Patrick Moore"

Tickets are again just £10 (£5 concessions).  WDAS Members will be travelling in a number vehicles leaving from the Whitby School Car Park at 08:00h.  If you'd like to travel with us please let Mark know, to make sure of a place...

7 November, 2015 -
10:00 to 16:00
The Clothworkers Hall and Foyer, School of Music, Leeds University
Cavendish Road
LS1 3EW Leeds, West Yorkshire
United Kingdom