Crescent moon watch trial run a big success

The Society’s first crescent moon watch (Saturday 6 April 2019)

York Astronomical Society’s first crescent moon watch at Beetle Bank Farm near York was a big success – just a pity the weather didn’t oblige by giving us a clear view! The event was a Society initiative with the local Islamic community for whom the crescent moon is of religious importance. It was a trial run for what is hoped will become a regular event.

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Sundials: not just a pretty face

Talk by David Cook at Priory Street, 1 March 2019.

There is more to sundials than things plonked in a garden on screwed to a church wall and you would be surprised how accurate they can be.

David presented an interesting talk for the Society at the Priory Street Centre on Friday 1 March. He started out by saying that sundials are ‘rubbish’ and then went on tho show that a lot of them aren’t, demonstrating a range of different sundials from his own collection. Continue reading