The LAS holds regular meetings at University of Bedfordshire, Putteridge Bury Map
Doors open from 7 pm, meeting 7.30pm until 9pm
(Admission: £2 for adults ; Children Free)
Here is what is coming up over the next few months:
27th April (7.30-9pm @ Putteridge Bury) – AGM
25th May (7.30-9pm @ Putteridge Bury) – Guest Speaker: Paul Money presents ‘Wonders of the Universe’
Paul Money is a freelance speaker and equipment reviewer for the Sky at Night
29th June (7.30-9pm @ Putteridge Bury) – Annual Workshop: Practical Astronomy Tips
All visitors are welcome – so why not come along – for membership, see Geoff Mitchell on the night or use the ‘contact us‘ page via the website.
See our events page for more details of our 2017 programme and keep an eye on our homepage for updates, open evenings and much more astronomical news.
Jupiter and Ganymede
Our next observing event is being planned for 15th July at Stopsley Common (opposite Stopsley High School), so keep an eye on our website for updates on this and all our events.
Image Credit: Peter Garbett
Night Sky Map for April 2017
The Highlights of the Month
- Mercury in twilight evening skies during early April – best seeing conditions April 1st to April 10th .
- April skies, Milky Way visible high overhead on moonless evenings in darker skies.
- Jupiter dominates our late evening skies, cloud belts and four of Jupiter’s moons visible in a small telescope.
- Double cluster, on the Perseus / Cassiopeia border high overhead, nice pair of star clusters.
- Pleiades (Seven Sister’s) star cluster (M45) and Hyades cluster in Taurus (lunar occultation April 10th)
- Beehive cluster (M44) visible to the unaided eye but best seen with binoculars.
- Comet 41P close approach April 1st (see notes) visible in binoculars / telescope in dark skies
- Comet 2015 V2 (Johnson), binocular / telescopic in Hercules low in the east late evening (see notes)
- Telescopic triplet of galaxies M65/M66/NGC3628 in the constellation of Leo
- Virgo cluster of Galaxies, brighter members of the cluster can be seen with small telescopes or binoculars.
- International Dark Skies Week 2017 – Refer to LAS website home page for details.
- ISS Visibility – Early evening / mid evening passes during the first week in April – see web site for link / details.
- 2.8% waxing crescent Moon is visible low in the west after sunset , Earthshine faintly illuminates.
For more info on the night sky in April, please see our detailed Sky Notes