✭✭✭ A Happy New Year to All our Members ✭✭✭

In this issue, Mark continues his new series of "Crossing the Line" series of objects: a star, a galaxy, a nebula and a cluster.  Don't forget the Society Meeting is on Tuesday 9th January 2018 (2nd Tuesday of Jan)!

Welcome to the WDAS monthly newsletter for January 2018: a digest of the month's latest contributions to our website.  Below you'll find Society News, Sky Notes and In-Focus articles printed in full.  There's also future events, and trailers for other articles which appear in full on the website - just a click away!

Society News

Our Christmas meal at the Hare and Hounds once again proved a great success with ten members making it to the banqueting table. 

The food was excellent, the wine flowed (favouring certain parts of the table more than others) and the company, most convivial.  Crackers, crackers it has to be said seem to get worse each year, a few didn’t even contain a paper hat!  The slug balancing kit was quite innovative though (you may be able to spot it on one of the photo’s)

Here’s to 2018!

WDAS Christmas 2017 Celebration at the Hare & Hounds in Hawsker (Click for larger images)

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!

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.

Many thanks for your continued support.

We are now taking orders for Night Scenes 2018 and only 10 copies are remaining even now, so if you want to reserve a copy please let Mark know. 

We don’t have to remind you how indespensible this almanac is, so don’t delay.  Price will be £4 to paid-up Members, non members £5.50p.

Cannot be certain how many copies will remain once all those spoken for have been dispatched, so don’t delay,

Events

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

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

The fifth 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:
6 February, 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:
11 February, 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:
18 February, 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:
25 February, 2018 - 19:00
Address:
Bruce Observatory, Caedmon School Normandy Site (Whitby School)
Prospect Hill
YO21 1LA Whitby
United Kingdom
GB