In this month's edition:

  • Planetary Skylights: Jupiter, Saturn and Mercury
  • Comet: 2018 W2 (Africano)
  • Autumnal Equinox 2019
  • September 2019 Sky Charts

Regatta 2019 Events?

Well, we tried our best, but it was pretty much in vain.  The weather was marginally better than forecast and many Regatta activities went ahead, just not most of ours.

Saturday was rather windy throughout and although a few breaks in the cloud did allow for some brief solar observations in the afternoon, it was certainly not ideal.  Barbara and Mark made it along for a while, but we couldn’t even show them any sunspots, completely bare again: the Sun that is... [Read more about Regatta 2019 Events?]

After drawing a blank for Regatta, the following weekend event fared somewhat better with the Saturday evening star party going ahead under reasonably clear skies.  Jupiter and Saturn were naturally the main course, with a waning gibbous moon rising over by the Abbey acting as desert... [Read more about Star Party: Aug 17th 2019]

Another bank holiday weekend and...  ‘stone the crows’...  another heat wave (what is it about bank holidays and unusually hot weather this year...doesn’t seem right)

The event on the Friday night –Aug 23rd, the final night of folk week, turned out to be quite successful, although it was unusually quiet to begin with.  With no LX in service that night, Keith brought his 12” Dobsonian [Read more about Folk Week/August bank holiday – Aug 23rd]

This has to go down as one of the warmest star party nights we have ever done, still around 23 degrees at 22:30h!  It was not a surprise therefore that the west cliff was pretty busy.  Keith, Mark and John manned the four scopes deployed, Keith’s 12” Dobsonian, the LX 200, the 6” Dobsonian and John’s 5” SCT... [Read more about Bank Holiday Sunday – Aug 25th]

Westerdale Event

Our annual jaunt over to Westerdale is towards the end of September this year on Friday 27th.  The start time is 19:00h finishing around 22:00h at the latest.  If skies are clear it should be an excellent evening with dark skies and some familiar faces to meet once again.  If you are intending on coming along meet at Mark’s for 18:15h. [Read more about Westerdale Event]

Booked over a year ago – this will be held (weather permitting) on the Archery Green, West Cliff on Sept 24th from 19:00-21:00h.  If cloudy/rainy we will be setting up in the Spa Pavilion for plan B or C.  Plan A is to be on the Archery green for 18:45h. [Read more about Women’s Institute Star Party]

We have a number of star party events to look forward to in the Autumn.  They include: [Read more about Further dates - Autumn 2019]

Events

A Public Star Party, weather permitting, near the Captain Cook monument on West Cliff  (setting-up from 20:45h).  Lunar and Planetary observations.

Solar, Lunar and Planetary Observations.

Date:
3 August, 2019 - 21:00
Address:
Captain Cook Headland
West Cliff
near YO21 3HA Whitby
United Kingdom
GB

Whitby Regatta events:

Date:
10 August, 2019 -
13:30 to 16:00
Address:
Captain Cook Headland
West Cliff
near YO21 3HA Whitby
United Kingdom
GB

Public Star Party including a stella tour and observations, Weather permitting, pitch-and-put area behind Archery Green (some way behind the skate park on West Cliff), from 21:00h.  (Set-up around 20:30h.)

Date:
10 August, 2019 - 21:00
Address:
Behind Archery Green (near to Skate Park)
West Cliff
near YO21 3HT Whitby
United Kingdom
GB

Whitby Regatta events:

Date:
11 August, 2019 -
13:30 to 16:00
Address:
Captain Cook Headland
West Cliff
near YO21 3HA Whitby
United Kingdom
GB

Public Star Party including a stella tour and observations, Weather permitting, pitch-and-put area behind Archery Green (some way behind the skate park on West Cliff), from 21:00h.  (Set-up around 20:30h.)

Date:
11 August, 2019 - 21:00
Address:
Behind Archery Green (near to Skate Park)
West Cliff
near YO21 3HT Whitby
United Kingdom
GB

A Public Star Party, weather permitting, near the Captain Cook monument on West Cliff  (setting-up from 20:45h).  Lunar and Planetary observations.

Solar, Lunar and Planetary Observations.

Date:
17 August, 2019 - 21:00
Address:
Captain Cook Headland
West Cliff
near YO21 3HA Whitby
United Kingdom
GB

A Public Star Party, weather permitting, near the Captain Cook monument on West Cliff.

Solar, Lunar and Planetary Observations.

Date:
23 August, 2019 - 20:30
Address:
Captain Cook Headland
West Cliff
near YO21 3HA Whitby
United Kingdom
GB

A Public Star Party, weather permitting, near the Captain Cook monument on West Cliff.

Solar, Lunar and Planetary Observations.

Date:
25 August, 2019 - 20:30
Address:
Captain Cook Headland
West Cliff
near YO21 3HA Whitby
United Kingdom
GB

One of the observing highlights on the WDAS calendar.

Hook’s House is an excellent dark site location situated on the B1447 overlooking Robin Hood’s Bay. If the weather is fine the campsite should be full and as long as skies are clear, or clear enough, we should have a cracking evening.

Date:
31 August, 2019 - 20:30
Address:
Hooks House Farm
Whitby Road
YO22 4PE Robin Hood's Bay
United Kingdom
GB