In this month's edition:

  • Transit of Merury
  • Planetary Skylights: Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Mars... and Vesta.
  • Meteors: Leonics, South and North Taurids
  • November 2019 Sky Charts

This is before our next monthly meeting so better give details in the newsletter... [Read more about Danby Dark Sky Event on 2nd November 2019]

Scouts visited

It’s been a while since i was last in the ‘drill hall’ on Bagdale, spent many an hour there in the past.  This was (and always has been) the venue for the Scouts, and as conditions in the sky were once again no good for observing, it was our destination on 3rd October 2019. [Read more about Scouts visited]

As you may know this was originally intended to be a two evening event, however as interest was more forthcoming for just the Saturday, Colin and Vicky dropped the Friday evening from the program.  Friday, as it transpired was a clear night, great for observing.  Saturday was ‘orrid (at least it wasn’t windy), and although the BBC forecast still offered some optimism, the Met office one did not.  The Met office was correct and any lingering hopes of some clear breaks were quickly extinguished by the rain... [Read more about Fox and Hounds – ‘Stargazing Night’]

Night Scenes 2020

We will be putting in an order for 25 copies of Night Scenes 2020, however they are not expected out until late November, so we may have to be a little patient.  Having emailed Paul Money regarding the 2020 edition, he said that Night Scenes nearly didn’t happen at all this year, with Paul encountering both promotional and distribution issues as well as financial decisions to make. [Read more about Night Scenes 2020]

W.D.A.S Subs 2020

It will soon be time for sub renewal’s for the coming year. 

Happily society subscription rates will be kept at the same level as last year, i.e £12, for adults with subsidized rates at £8 for under 16’s. 

You can bring subs along to the W.D.A.S monthly meetings in December, January or February at the very latest. 

If you cannot make the meetings Cheques are made payable to: Whitby & District Astronomical Society.  Please address to Mark Dawson, 33 laburnum Grove, Whitby.  YO21 1HZ. [Read more about W.D.A.S Subs 2020]

Society Christmas Meal

To be discussed at the November meeting and booked shortly after. [Read more about Society Christmas Meal]

The final star party in October, requested and organized by Chloe Barker and tied into ‘The Unblinking Eye: 55 years of space operations on Fylingdales Moor’ exhibition at the museum, looked most unlikely to go ahead less than six hours before it was due to start.  Rain was still failing during Saturday afternoon 24 hours after it had started!  However the forecast (and crucially the timing of it) was right for once, with colder, clearer conditions spreading down by late afternoon, just in time for the event to get a green light... [Read more about Star Party on 26th Oct 2019 for the ‘Unblinking Eye’ exhibition]