Summer Solstice

We are about to enter the Summer Solstice for 2018!

There are 3 events to watch out for:

  • June 17th – earliest sunrise. In Bedford this is 04:40
  • Just 21st – solstice, at 11:07am
  • June 25th – latest sunset at 21:52
Solstice and sunrise sunset points

Solstice and sunrise sunset points

Sunrise and Sunset

These times are for when the centre-point of the sun crosses the local theoretical horizon. So, this assumes you have a clear, uninterrupted view of the horizon East or West, to see the sunrise or set. Of course, for us in Bedford, there is a lot of terrain in the way, so if you are going to observe (or image) the rise and set, give yourself some extra time!

Solstice

The sun has now almost completed it’s northerly arc in the sky, and for each day after June 21st, the midday sun will be a little bit lower and our days will be a little bit shorter.

All times are BST

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May Meeting

A reminder that Darren Jehan will be talking about the automation of his observatory on Wednesday 30th May in the Observatory resource room at 7:30pm. This will be followed by the Sky Diary for June.

L.J.Guise

April Speaker Meeting

A reminder that the April Meeting is in the Old Theatre on Wednesday 25th, when Dr John Rogers the BAA Jupiter section director will be giving a talk on the planet. 7:15 for a prompt start at 7:30pm.

L.J.Guise

BAA Deep Sky Meeting

Many thanks to those BAS members that attended the BAA Deep Sky section Meeting on Sunday and for helping to make the day a huge success.

L.J.Guise

Last Wednesday Observing session of the Season

A reminder that the last regular Wednesday observing session of the season is scheduled for 18th April 9:00-10:30pm provided the sky is clear. Updates will be posted on Twitter as usual.
Watch out for special sessions over the summer for opportunities to Observe Jupiter, Mars and Saturn.

L.J.Guise

BAA Deep Sky Section Meeting : April 22nd

Any changes to the list of BAS members that have booked for this event through Linton must be made by April 17th at the latest.

L.J.Guise
Physics Dept.
Bedford School.

www.bedfordschool.org.uk/observatory

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BAS AGM Wednesday 11th April

Members are invited to attend the Society’s AGM which will take place at 7:30pm on Wednesday 11th April in the Planetarium at Bedford School. Any member interested in joining the Committee should contact the Chairman, Peter Hudson.

L.J.Guise
Physics Dept.
Bedford School.

www.bedfordschool.org.uk/observatory

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April Observing

Our last regular Wednesday Observing sessions of the season will take place on :
April 4th 8:30-10:00 pm and April 18th 9:00-10:30pm provided it is clear.
Please be certain to check the Twitter weather updates on the night before travelling.

Watch out for special Observing sessions over the Summer for viewing Jupiter, Saturn and Mars.

L.J.Guise
Physics Dept.
Bedford School.

www.bedfordschool.org.uk/observatory

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25th March Observing report

The weekend of March 25th/25th was not very successful for observing, but we did get some excellent views of the first quarter Moon on the Sunday night. Craters Clavius and Tyco were in sharp relief next to the terminator and we spent some time studying the sequence of small craters in the floor of Clavius at high power.
Thanks to Darren, Tony and John for attending along with Yvette, Phil and Linton.

L.J.Guise
Physics Dept.
Bedford School.

www.bedfordschool.org.uk/observatory

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Saturday 24th March Observing Evening

Provided the sky is clear we will have an observing session on Saturday starting at 7:00pm to mark the end of GMT. Hopefully we will catch Mercury and Venus at the start of the session and a first quarter Moon should give some excellent views. As it gets darker we should have one of our last opportunities to see the Orion Nebula, and many of the stunning open clusters.

Follow the updates on Twitter for conditions on the night, the Observatory will only be open if clear or part clear.

L.J.Guise
Physics Dept.
Bedford School.

www.bedfordschool.org.uk/observatory

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