In this month's edition:

  • Planetary Skylights: Jupiter, Mars, Saturn, Neptune, Venus and Mercury
  • Meteors: Alpha Aurigids
  • February 2018 Sky Charts

Continuing the tour of stellar objects crossing the meridian line this month: a double-star in Canis Major, a unique object called "The Intergalactic Tramp" takes the place of our galaxy; we present the Eskimo nebula and the Heart-shaped cluster.

  • Star - h 3945 (145 Cma) in Canis Major: the ‘winter Alberio’.
  • NGC 2419: "The Intergalactic Tramp or Wanderer".  At almost 300k lightyears from the centre of our galaxy, this globular cluster is nearly twice as far as the Large Magellanic Cloud. 
  • Nebula: The Eskimo Nebula (NGC 2392) or Clown face nebula.  A disk of material containing a number of comet-shaped objects appearing to stream away from the nebula’s central star.

As part of the Dark Skies festival held throughout February half term across North Yorkshire and beyond, our society will be hosting a ‘star party’ at the Danby Moors Centre.  And the RAF Fylingdales event planned for January 18th, and organised by York A.S, the base, with assistance from us, had to be cancelled, victim of the wintry conditions... [Read more about Dark Sky Night – Danby Moors Centre]

WDAS Subs 2018

Just to remind everyone subscription renewals are now underway for the coming year.  Rates will be kept at 2017 levels, ie £12, with subsidised rates at £6.

You can bring subs along to the WDAS monthly meetings in December, January or February at the very latest.  Mark will also doing the rounds sometime over the festive holidays, so no pretending to be out! [Read more about WDAS Subs 2018]

Night Scenes 2018

We are starting to distribute Night Scenes 2018, so if you would like a copy it’s just £4 to society members, £5.50 otherwise.  Cannot be certain how many copies will remain once all those spoken for have been dispatched, so don’t delay,

We don’t have to remind you how indespensible this almanac is, so don’t delay.  Price will be £4 to paid-up Members (it actually retails in outlets at £7), non members £5.50p. [Read more about Night Scenes 2018]

Events

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.

Date:
7 January, 2018 - 19:00
Address:
Bruce Observatory, Caedmon School Normandy Site (Whitby School)
Prospect Hill
YO21 1LA Whitby
United Kingdom
GB

The fourth society meeting of the season, in the extravagantly named 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.

Date:
9 January, 2018 -
19:30 to 21:15
Address:
Room H1, Caedmon College, Normanby Site (Whitby School)
Prospect Hill
YO21 1LA Whitby
United Kingdom
GB

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.

Date:
14 January, 2018 - 19:00
Address:
Bruce Observatory, Caedmon School Normandy Site (Whitby School)
Prospect Hill
YO21 1LA Whitby
United Kingdom
GB

Those members who furnished Mark with their details are eligible only.  We have to be on station by 19:30h – hopefully the weather will be in a clement mood, cos’ if it’s snowy it’ll be white over. 

Martin Whillock will be giving a talk if skies are cloudy, and we’ll also be inspecting (and with luck using) the bases 14 inch LX which i understand has not been fully utilised yet.  More info will be forthcoming at the January meeting.

Date:
18 January, 2018 - 19:30
Address:
RAF Fylingdales YO18 7NT Pickering
United Kingdom
GB

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.

Date:
21 January, 2018 - 19:00
Address:
Bruce Observatory, Caedmon School Normandy Site (Whitby School)
Prospect Hill
YO21 1LA Whitby
United Kingdom
GB

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.

Date:
28 January, 2018 - 19:00
Address:
Bruce Observatory, Caedmon School Normandy Site (Whitby School)
Prospect Hill
YO21 1LA Whitby
United Kingdom
GB

Outreach star party event at the youth and community centre in Loftus for the Loftus brownies and cubs.  We are hoping to be there for just after 18:00h – weather permitting of course.  More info at the January meeting.

Date:
31 January, 2018 - 18:00
Address:
Loftus Youth and Community Centre
Duncan Place Loftus
TS13 4PR Saltburn-by-the-Sea
United Kingdom
GB