Sky Notes - March 2016

In this month's edition:

  • Planetary Skylights: Transit of Io and Europa across Jupiter
  • Spring Equinox
  • Slow Season on Meteor Showers
  • March 2016 Sky Charts

It has been rather a hectic mid-month, with numerous star parties and events hosted to coincide with the schools half term.  Here then is an account of proceedings.

An Unexpected Journey and A Very Expected Return

'Would you be able to help out?' came the plea from John T at Fylingthorpe.  'They're hosting a couple of ‘star nights’ down at Boggle Hole Youth Hostel and i think we need help'... [Read more about A Boggle Hole Adventure]

This event had been planned last year, and coincided with the centre being awarded ‘Dark sky status’ making it three sites in the North York Moors area.  Richly deserved it is too, as we consider it the best ‘observer friendly’ venue of the three.

 You never know what the weather will throw at you in February, so at least it was comforting that no snow lay on the ground, or that it wasn’t sub zero or blowing a gale, just cloudy, with just a hint of meatballs... [Read more about The Moors Centre – Danby Escapade: A long expected party]

We have a couple of ‘Star nights planned in March. 

  • The first is on the 2nd March, the night after our society meeting.  This is for Fylingdales Primary School at Fylingthorpe at 18:30pm.  If it is clear we shall take some scopes over (members assistance please) otherwise it will an indoor presentation with a scale solar system demo. 
  • Then on the 29th (although this is yet to be confirmed) we shall be hosting an event at Whitby Youth Hostel for a visiting Schools group from Middlesbrough.  Not sure on exact time, but i expect it to be around 18:30-19:00h.  Again, the usual format will be adopted.

Venue to locate

We still not have resolved the venue issue with regard to the Paul Money lecture.  The powers that be at the Museum obviously are not interested in local groups using the facility, given the price hike and other stipulations We are hoping to locate a venue in Town, but may have to look further afield depending on hire cost and capacity etc.  It does though look we will have to postpone Paul until later in the year. [Read more about Venue to locate]

Anyone wishing to attempt a UK Messier marathon (for full details see here)
the optimum dates this year are 11 and 12th March, or April 1st & 2nd.