Category Archives: Articles From Old Newsletters

The Presidential Address “Time the Essence”,19th September 2008

David Forshaw entertained us with an intriguing and thought provoking account of the mystery of time;. Commencing with an apt quotation from a book by G J Whitrow, “…Only time has this peculiar property which makes us feel intuitively that we understand it perfectly so long as we are not asked to explain what we […] Continue Reading »

Getting started in Astronomy (Part 2), by Steve Southern

Continuing on from last month let’s look at how some more of the more obvious constellations and stars can be used as pointers and sign posts in the night sky. Let’s go back to the Plough which is part of the constellation Ursa Major, the Great Bear. The 2 pointer stars point towards Polaris, the […] Continue Reading »

Constellation of the Month (December 2008) – Taurus, by Steve Southern

Avoiding the obvious Orion, December’s constellation of the month is the wonderful Taurus, the bull. Click for printable map http://www.hawastsoc.org/deepsky/tau/tau.htm Myth Taurus is one of the oldest zodiacal constellations. According to myth, Taurus represents the bull form taken on by Jupiter or Zeus in pursuit of the fair maidens of the seven sisters (Pleiades). There […] Continue Reading »

Multi-wavelength Observing – December 2008, by Brian Finney

NASA’s Galaxy Evolution Explorer finds the Ghost of Mirach alive and well. Adapted from GALEX website (http://www.galex.caltech.edu/media/glx2008-02r_img01.html) The “Ghost of Mirach” galaxy is shown in visible light on the left, and in ultraviolet on the right. The fields of view are identical in both pictures, with the Ghost of Mirach – a galaxy called NGC […] Continue Reading »

Deep Sky – December 2008 by Dave Owen

The constellation of Auriga culminates, reaches its highest point in our sky, at about midnight in mid December. However, even at about 21:00, in mid December, it is about 60 degrees above the horizon and conditions should be excellent for finding the 3 bright star clusters included in Charles Messier’s 18th century list of comet […] Continue Reading »

A Telescope for Christmas, by Steve Southern

This article has been superseded by an updated version written in November 2013 – please click here to view the new version. (Note by MG, 11th May 2013: The prices quoted in this article were accurate as of December 2008 but will likely have changed by now! It’s possible some of the prices given will […] Continue Reading »

My introduction to Astronomy, by John Williams of Little Neston

Listening to Steve Southern at the first session of 2008-2009 and his introduction to the new electronic issue of the News Letter, he stressed the fact that it really is the member’s paper and we were all encouraged to contribute to  its production, such articles would be welcomed by the editors. He said, for example, […] Continue Reading »

Getting started in Astronomy (Part 1), by Steve Southern

We’re starting a new feature for those members new to astronomy. This month to start you off we have “Getting started in astronomy”, a guide to those “first steps” in astronomy and a view of some key constellations of the northern skies. Plus “Constellation of the month”, a closer view at Andromeda this month. Stars […] Continue Reading »

Constellation of the Month (November 2008) – Andromeda, by Steve Southern

High in the south at midnight in November is the wonderful constellation of Andromeda. Look for it almost directly above you towards the South at around midnight during November. Click for printable map http://www.hawastsoc.org/deepsky/and/and.html Myth Andromeda is the Greek daughter of Queen Cassiopeia and King Cephus of Ethiopia. Andromeda was very beautiful making Hera, wife […] Continue Reading »

The Distance Learning in Astronomy Experience – Brian Finney

I have always had a passing interest in Astronomy and Space; about 15 months ago I decided to take it further and attended my first LAS meeting. As a part of this new venture I needed to move up the learning curve quickly to take advantage of and maintain my new interest. Looking around for […] Continue Reading »