Summer Star Parties

The weather hasn’t been bad at all, in general, with some really clear nights in which to observe, especially mid week. The problem being Star Parties at this time of year are nearly always at the weekend, so I guess we have been unlucky in that still only one event has gone ahead. [Read more about Summer Star Parties]

So far our only star party to go ahead this summer, but it was rather a successful one. [Read more about June 7th Star Party Event]

No snow to accompany Paul this year, although the rain and fog/mist did try to make up for this! Still, Paul made it safe and sound for his 16th visit to deliver the WDAS ‘inspire’ lecture. A last minute problem with the room projector (indeed an ongoing problem not made aware to us until Paul was in the room) almost caused a halt to proceedings before we had even started. [Read more about 2014 Paul Money Lecture]

This Year,  National Astronomy Week  2014 celebrated Jupiter, the largest planet in the Solar System, which reached its highest point in the sky for many years in early March. NAW ran from March 1st -8th [Read more about National Astronomy Week 2014]

Science Week Events

Hot on the heels of NAW, science week followed all too quickly. Surprisingly, both nights (Tuesday 18th and Thursday 20th) turned out pretty clear and therefore observing was possible. The event on the 18th at Whitby College saw Dr Sean Paling give an updated presentation on the search for Dark Matter- still not found! Afterwards people were treated to views of Jupiter through the observatory scope.                                                                                                                                                                [Read more about Science Week Events ]

No, we haven't forgotten, however this year’s Easter lecture is actually nearer to the summer solstice! [Read more about Paul Money Lecture 2014]

WDAS "New Year Meal"

WDAS Christmas Meal 2013Our ‘oft’ postponed Christmas meal bash finally went ahead on Jan 24th. [Read more about WDAS "New Year Meal"]

WDAS Subs 2014

Nearly all W.D.A.S  members subscriptions for 2014 have now been paid and once again memebership stands around the 30 mark. [Read more about WDAS Subs 2014]

There were a few differences this year. Firstly, because of work commitments Mark was unable to travel and therefore notes on the lectures were made by both Andy Lawrence and Andi Ye, so these will be a vast improvement on years gone by!

Secondly, only four lectures were given allowing a little more time for taking in the trade stalls (and lunch) and allowing an early finish.  As two versions of the lectures have been submitted to Mark he has done a ‘mash up’ job including parts of both. [Read more about What happened at Leeds Astromeet 2013]