Our next Public Observing Evening is being held on Thursday 18th January 7.00-9.00pm at Putteridge Bury (last admission 7.30pm)
Next Public Observing is at Univ. of Bedfordshire, Putteridge Bury
18th Jan (7.00-9.00pm @ Putteridge Bury)
Public Observing Evening: The Stars of the Winter Skies
Meet in the main car park where members will escort you to the observing site (last admission 7.30pm)
– Observing will be subject to clear skies, but there will be a presentation on the night sky regardless of the weather.
Download our handy Sky Notes for the evening
Stout footwear and warm clothing advised.
Please use the contact General Enquiries form to let us know you will be attending.
Night Sky Map for January 2018
The Highlights of the Month
- Crescent Moon, Saturn and Mercury, low in East in dawn twilight 7am GMT
- M31 the Andromeda Galaxy is visible on moonless evenings, best seen in binoculars.
- Double cluster, on the Perseus /Cassiopeia border, nice pair of star clusters.
- Pleiades (Seven Sister’s) star cluster (M45) rising in the east best seen with binoculars.
- Comet 2016 R2 Panstarrs close to the Hyades star cluster in Taurus ( Moderate telescope required)
For more info on the night sky in January, please see our detailed Sky Notes
This year for British Science Week 2018
Stephen Tonkin will be presenting
’10 Ways the Universe Can Kill You’
Wednesday 14th March at University of Bedfordshire, Putteridgebury Conference Centre, Luton
from 7.30pm (doors open at 7pm).
About the Lecturer
Stephen Tonkin, BSc (Hons), F.R.A.S. has been a keen amateur astronomer since childhood and now spends most of his time doing astronomical education and outreach, both as a Lecturer in Astronomy for an adult education college, and independently with his own organization, The Astronomical Unit. He organizes and leads astronomy courses and talks, public observing, and astronomy-related storytelling for children and adults. In 2000, he was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society.
He has been using binoculars for astronomy for over forty years, initially under the pristine African skies under which he grew up, and as his main observing instrument for the last decade. He actively promotes and encourages the use of binoculars within the amateur astronomy community and publishes a monthly e-zine, The Binocular Sky Newsletter, for binocular astronomers. He also writes the monthly Binocular Tour in Sky at Night magazine.
Tickets are free, but places are limited. Click below to reserve your place:
Organised by Luton Astronomical Society and University of Bedfordshire