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Sky At Night Magazine, 5 issues for £5 LAS offerWith the stargazing season in upon us, here’s an opportunity to try 5 issues of BBC Sky at Night Magazine for only £5 by Direct Debit! Visit http://goo.gl/U2zMHZ and use the promotional code STLA5F15 to subscribe NOW!

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Calling LAS Members – have you taken a great astronomical photo?

The Liverpool AS is currently producing a new set of large sized posters for use at public events.

We think it would be fantastic if, rather than showing generic shots, we could showcase some of the amazing astrophotography our members produce.

We’re looking for examples of your best high resolution astrophotography – full attribution will, of course, be given, and we ask that you provide as much information as possible about how the images was taken (e.g. exposure, ISO, telescope, filters, etc.)

If you’re interested, please get in touch with us by clicking here, via our Facebook page, or via our Twitter account.

Regards,
Liverpool AS Council

International Space Station (ISS) Visible over Liverpool in December 2014

Information is courtesy of Heaven’s Above – click on each date to get a sky chart showing the pass.

Date Brightness Start Highest point End Pass type
(mag) Time Alt. Az. Time Alt. Az. Time Alt. Az.
09 Dec -0.4 18:41:58 10° SSW 18:42:09 11° S 18:42:09 11° S visible
10 Dec -0.9 17:52:32 10° SSE 17:53:51 13° SE 17:53:51 13° SE visible
11 Dec -1.2 18:36:38 10° SW 18:38:14 22° SSW 18:38:14 22° SSW visible
12 Dec -1.7 17:46:30 10° SSW 17:49:08 22° SSE 17:49:44 21° SE visible
12 Dec -0.1 19:22:04 10° WSW 19:22:29 13° WSW 19:22:29 13° WSW visible
13 Dec -1.1 16:56:37 10° S 16:58:41 16° SE 17:00:45 10° ESE visible
13 Dec -2.0 18:31:33 10° WSW 18:33:54 36° SSW 18:33:54 36° SSW visible
14 Dec -2.3 17:41:04 10° SW 17:44:07 35° SSE 17:45:14 27° ESE visible
14 Dec -0.3 19:17:10 10° W 19:17:59 16° WSW 19:17:59 16° WSW visible
15 Dec -1.7 16:50:40 10° SSW 16:53:29 26° SSE 16:56:19 10° E visible
15 Dec -2.6 18:26:28 10° WSW 18:29:15 51° SSW 18:29:15 51° SSW visible
16 Dec -2.8 17:35:45 10° WSW 17:38:59 51° SSE 17:40:27 27° ESE visible
16 Dec -0.5 19:12:07 10° W 19:13:12 19° W 19:13:12 19° W visible
17 Dec -2.3 16:45:04 10° SW 16:48:12 40° SSE 16:51:20 10° E visible
17 Dec -3.0 18:21:17 10° W 18:24:21 63° SSW 18:24:21 63° SSW visible
18 Dec -3.0 17:30:25 10° WSW 17:33:41 63° S 17:35:29 24° E visible
18 Dec -0.7 19:06:53 10° W 19:08:14 22° W 19:08:14 22° W visible
19 Dec -2.8 16:39:32 10° WSW 16:42:46 56° S 16:46:01 10° E visible
19 Dec -3.0 18:15:56 10° W 18:19:12 59° S 18:19:20 58° S visible
20 Dec -3.0 17:24:56 10° W 17:28:13 64° S 17:30:27 19° ESE visible
20 Dec -1.0 19:01:30 10° W 19:03:12 24° WSW 19:03:12 24° WSW visible
21 Dec -2.9 16:33:55 10° W 16:37:11 65° S 16:40:28 10° E visible
21 Dec -2.4 18:10:24 10° W 18:13:34 44° SSW 18:14:20 36° SSE visible
22 Dec -2.7 17:19:17 10° W 17:22:31 54° SSW 17:25:31 12° ESE visible
22 Dec -1.0 18:56:04 10° W 18:58:16 21° SW 18:58:16 21° SW visible
23 Dec -1.6 18:04:44 10° W 18:07:40 30° SSW 18:09:33 17° SSE visible

 

 

 

December 2014 Monthly Meeting – Request for speakers

Hello,
For the Next monthly meeting on December 12th , we are looking for speakers from our own members to give short 20 minute talks on astronomical subject close to their hearts. Did you discover a comet? Have you recently visited a place of astronomical interest? Have you taken any images of the night sky recently? What are you planning to do on March 20th 2015? – Well I would like to hear from you please.
Contact me soon if you can help – click this link to get in touch.
Cheers, Gerard.

Science and Astronomy questions on Reddit

While reading on the Internet, one of the sites I sometimes visit is Reddit – for those that don’t know, Reddit is like a huge online forum, covering many diverse topics and opinions. Each topic is organised into what is called a a sub-reddit.
Some of these sub-reddits can be unsavoury but one of the safe and interesting ones is AskScience.

AskScience is a place where people can ask questions and get answers from people who are well-versed in that area of knowledge. Answers based on speculation are not allowed, so quality is maintained. A voting system allows irrelevant or incorrect information to be “downvoted” to the point where it is no longer visible, and a moderation team removes other non-applicable replies.

There are many interesting astronomy, space and physics related questions asked, and I thought I’d collect together some of the recent ones which I’ve found interesting, for you.

These are just some of the most recent – there are lots more on the site. Click here to visit reddit.com/r/AskScience.