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Caithness Night Sky
by Gordon Mackie
| Caithness Astronomy Group Events in 2012
Below is a preview of some of the public events CAG will be hosting during 2012 -
BBC Stargazing Live
The first public event will be a CAG Observing Event on 20th January 2012 in conjunction
with the BBC Stargazing Live programmes
Come along and join us for an evening of astronomical activities including an observing session with telescopes and naked eye tours (weather permitting), short talks including one on observing aurora by local astronomer Jim Johnston. There will also be other activities such as how to use star wheels and determining how dark the sky is in your area. Details of the BBC programmes to be shown on January 16th-18th can be found here - http://www.bbc.co.uk/tv/features/stargazing/index.shtml
Observing Evening - Winter Night Sky Delights
Friday 24th February; 1900-2200hrs at Castlehill Heritage Centre. Come along and see the many wonders the winter night sky has on offer.
25th February 2012 (TBC)
Caithness Science Festival Science Fair
March 10th/11th. CAG will have a presence at this family day drop in event. There will be a mix of solar observing, information displays and activities for all ages.
Talk on the giant planet Jupiter by Pauline Macrae of the Highland Astronomical Society. Thursday March 15th; 1900-2200hrs at Castlehill Heritage Centre. Observing the planet will also take place if weather permits.
Noctilucent Clouds and Aurorae
Ken Kennedy, British Astronomical Association Aurora Section Director will give a talks on NLCs and aurora. May 25th/26th. Venue and time TBC.
Transit of Venus
Early morning observing session on the 6th June to witness this rare event (weather permitting).
Venue and time TBC.
Professor Andrew Collier Cameron of St Andrews University will be giving a talk on exoplanets on Friday June 15th. Venue and time TBC.
The Future of Spaceflight
Scottish writer and astronomer Duncan Lunan will give a talk on what interplanetary and interstellar travel may be like over the next 30 million years! Date in Aug/Sept TBC.
More events will be added to the schedule once organised eg to observe Jupiter, Saturn, Venus & Mars when in prime position, Meteor watch (Perseids in August & Gemininds in December), solar observing and other activities during the summer and at the annual CAG Open Day in August.
There is lots to look forward to in 2012. Check here regularly for updates.
Caithness Astronomy Group
4 January 2012
20 June 07
If you looked
at the wrong time though Venus would not have been visible as it
disappeared behind the Moon for an hour or so. See below a sequence of
photos showing (left to right) the before, during and after views of
this daytime "eclipse".
Looking closely at the photo you'll see that Venus is currently crescent shaped. This crescent will become thinner and longer over the coming month as the planet comes closer to the Earth and more into alignment between the Earth and Sun. By mid July binoculars will clearly show this crescent shape. Another sight to watch out for in the near future is the close encounter of Venus with Saturn in the late evening sky on 31st June and 1st July.
April 2006 (Pdf
This May sees a favourable flypast of this interesting comet which fragmented during its 1995 circuit around the Sun. The brightest fragment (component C) will pass closest to the Earth (a mere 6.5 million miles!) on the 12th May.
Photographs Of The Night Sky
5 March 2007
Eclipse (3rd March 2007)
Occultations (the Moon passes in front of other celestial objects) - On the 23rd of February 2007 (approx 2200-0000hrs) the Moon will pass in front of the Pleiades star cluster resulting in the stars disappearing from view and then reappearing on the other side of the Moon about an hour later. Binoculars will afford a good view of this.
- During the early hours of the 2nd of March (approx 0220-0250) the planet Saturn will be occulted by the Moon. A small telescope will give the best view of this ringed planet temporarily disappearing behind the Moon.
Whilst viewing the above events there is time to look for the detail described in the attached Lunar guide. The Moon truly is an interesting and easy object to observe and is well worth a close look.
10 February 07
- anyone with binoculars or a small telescope will be able to view these objects in similar detail.
3 January 07
3 January 07
13 March 06
This section will consist of a bi-monthly newsletter with photos and information about what might be seen in the night sky over Caithness. A photo gallery will shortly be added where anyone can send in their photos of the Caithness Night Sky.
Gordon has offered to answer questions which can initially be emailed to email@example.com for forwarding.
To start the section going Gordon has prepared a February March 2006 newsletter with details of what he has seen recently. He starts by including items that can easily be seen with the naked eye or binoculars. If there is enough interest Gordon will move into more technical descriptions at a later date.
At the end of the newsletter are details of events or items to look out for in coming weeks.
Anyone can contribute to this new section and Gordon is keen to stimulate interest. Let us have your suggestions and ideas and we will consider them.
Solar System - Your Chance To Find Out More - Monday 16th March 2009
& AstroArt Competitions - From Caithness Astronomy Group
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