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.
Inclement weather threatened us at the start of the day, but
it eventually turned sunny. There was a good turnout of volunteers and a number
of tasks completed. After setting the world to rights we started work. We were
refuelled at lunchtime by some great bacon and sausage baps from Angela.
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
People in York (well, those prepared to be up through the night) were rewarded with a spectacular view of the lunar eclipse on Monday morning. I feel sorry for some I know who got up through the night and see clouds, only to go back to bed to miss the spectacle when they cleared. Continue reading
Update: The Council did approve our application and we have now moved to Beetle Bank. Work is underway to get our two main telescopes back up and we will update you on progress.
We’d love to show you Astronomical views such as this Orion Nebula over winter, but it is looking possible that York Council may not let us. Continue reading
City of York Council have finally published our planning application to site the YorkAstro Observatory at Beetle Bank Farm.
The application can be seen here: