What’s Up April 2024

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

Compiled by Steve Sawyer

Hi welcome to Aprils Whats Up, I hope you’re all not too full of chocolate so you’re still able to get outside and take a look at the night sky!
This month our cousins have an eclipse to forward to on the 8th April. Some cheap flights might still be available! We however can look forward to the annual Lyrid meteor shower and a potential brightening comet. Continue reading

What’s Up March 2024

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

Compiled by Steve Sawyer

Hello and welcome to our March update. We’re entering the first meteorological month of Spring. And this year, spring has made an early appearance (in our garden at least). With daffodils blooming already and the snowdrops fading fast. As the days noticeably lengthen, we encourage you to enjoy the extended evenings while they last. Continue reading

What’s Up February 2024

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

Compiled by Steve Sawyer

Hi, hope you all coped with the January blues and the storms! We’re now into the last month of meteorological winter, with the days slowly becoming longer as Spring approaches. This month we can look forward to a couple of comets and the winter constellations. Continue reading

What’s Up January 2024

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

Compiled by Steve Sawyer

Hi, Happy New Year and welcome to the first what’s up of 2024. This year we can look forward to many meteor showers with the first being the Quadrantids in early January, Several comets are forecast throughout the year with a couple being possibly visible with the naked eye. Plenty of conjunctions and In April a solar eclipse crosses North America (book your plane tickets early!). Continue reading

What’s Up December 2023

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

Compiled by Steve Sawyer

Hi, welcome to the last Whats up of 2023, and early seasons greeting from me!
It’s nearly time to dust of the Christmas decorations and start dropping present hints for the latest astronomy gadgetry. There’s a few ideas below. The book links are to Amazon and will generate a small commission which I’ll pass onto the society. Continue reading

What’s Up November 2023

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

Compiled by Steve Sawyer

Hi, Welcome to Novembers What’s up! We’re now coming to the time of the year when the nights are getting longer with the darkest nights still to come. This month we can look forward to Jupiter being the star of the show as it reaches opposition on the 3rd, and the Leonid meteor shower reaches it’s peak on the 17th. We also have the occultation of Venus taking place on the 9th November, so there’s plenty to see this month. Continue reading

What’s Up October 2023

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

Compiled by Steve Sawyer

Hi welcome to Octobers What’s up. We’re now moving into darker and longer nights with the end of BST on the 29th. Last month saw the society celebrate it’s 50th Anniversary with a special all day event which was well attended and great fun.
This month we have the Orionids and a partial lunar eclipse to look forward to.

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What’s Up September 2023

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

Compiled by Steve Sawyer

Hi welcome to September What’s Up.. I hope everyone has booked their tickets for York Astro’s 50th Anniversary on the 2nd, as the program of speakers is excellent!
So onto what’s happening this month, well dark skies return with the arrival of Autumn and the time around the equinox has proven to be an excellent time for Aurora spotting. There’s also a comet to look out for too.

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What’s Up July 2023

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

Compiled by Steve Sawyer

Hi welcome to Julys what’s up. This month we have the 1st supermoon of the year (expect the usual media hype), Venus is at it’s brightest and the Earth is reaches it’s furthest point from the Sun (known as aphelion). Don’t forget July is also an excellent month for spotting noctilucent clouds.

So what’s on this month?

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