What’s Up June 2023

A monthly look at astronomical events in the sky and on Earth

Compiled by Steve Sawyer

Hi welcome to Junes whatsup. We’re now approaching the summer solstice and although we have no true darkness this month, take the time to enjoy the summer constellations and (hopefully) warmer nights!

So what’s on this month?

As mentioned last month June and July are peak noctilucent cloud months. We also have the summer constellations of Hercules, Scorpius, Lyra, Cygnus and Aquila. Also Venus and Mars encounter the Beehive cluster (M44).

Please feel free to send any images you may like including in next months whatsup to noreply@aew.uk or you can post them to the societies Facebook group for posting any images you wish to share Facebook group link : https://www.facebook.com/groups/yorkastro

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What’s Up May 2023

A monthly look at astronomical events in the sky and on Earth 

Compiled by Steve Sawyer

Hi welcome to Mays whatsup. We have plenty to look at this month :- some more Meteors, an ocultation, conjunctions and the spring constellations.

So what’s on this month?

One of the highlights is the Aquarid meteor shower: The Eta Aquarid meteor shower is an annual event that will peak in early May. It is caused by debris from Halley’s Comet. We also have an oculatation of Jupiter by the moon which will make for a good photographic opportunity

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Whatsup! January 2023

A monthly look at astronomical events in the sky and on Earth 

Compiled by Steve Sawyer

Hi,  wishing you all a Happy New Year from  York Astronomy Society!    

The society has many events planned for 2023 including our 50th Anniversary!   Have a look at the society pages for full details of our events program which includes star parties and outreach events. 

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What’s Up! December 2022

A monthly look at astronomical events in the sky and on Earth

 

Compiled by Steve Sawyer

Hi, wishing you all a Happy Christmas from York Astro! We hope you all have a great time over the festive season and here’s looking forward to a great New Year for stargazing.

Hopefully that means plenty of warm clear nights! (which is very unlikely but you can hope!) . The nights are still drawing in as I write this (the end of November). The winter constellations are starting to be prominent . So I’ll cover these in the deep sky section of this month’s guide.

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What’s Up! March 2022

A monthly look at astronomical events in the sky and on Earth

Compiled by Steve Sawyer

[Take the March 2022 Quiz – Comets and Meteors]

So what’s on this month?

It’s the start of meteorological spring on the 1st and the vernal spring equinox on the 20th of March.  In the Northern Hemisphere, this is the moment in time when the Sun stands directly above the equator while crossing from the south to the north and is called the vernal equinox (also known as the spring equinox, March equinox or northward equinox). It is the moment winter ends and spring begins in the Northern Hemisphere (where nearly 90% of the world’s population live).

 

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What’s Up! February 2022

A monthly look at astronomical events in the sky and on Earth 

Compiled by Steve Sawyer and John Rowland

Hi, welcome to February’s what’s up.  Hopefully, you’ve all survived the January blues and are looking forward to some late winter stargazing.

[Take the February 2022 Quiz – Stars and Stellar Systems]

 

So what’s on this month?

Snow! Well, it depends, but February is the month that has the most snowfall in the Northern Hemisphere. You never know you might be able to dust off the sledge! But that’s enough about the weather, so on to astronomy! Continue reading