This is an educational site (I was, and still am, a teacher!), which is updated daily. I invite you to download any of the material you find here. Please feel free to download any of the content, which
could be of use, or of interest to you. That is what this 'SKYNOTES' website is here for, after all!
Welcome to jonvran.co.uk, John's simple astronomy
site where you will find information about what is happening in the night sky from the point of view of Scarborough in the United kingdom, latitude 54 deg. 17 minutes north, longitude 00 deg. 25 minutes west,(situated on the east coast, midway between London
and Edinburgh, and also mainland Britain); as well as what I hope are other interesting bits and pieces, of use to everyone.
Historically, these 'Skynotes' are a direct cyber-descendent, of the paper Sky notes I
prepared, for many years, by hand, for members, at each meeting of the Scarborough Astronomical Society from the moment the Society began in February, 1976. In those days, I produced all the illustrations including the star charts by hand, but now, with the
advent of excellent astronomy software programs, I am able to use much better graphics, for which I must thank the many programmers who have produced these wonderful software gems. In the credits section you will find a list of these amazing sources which
allow me to continue to produce my 'Skynotes', for the benefit of all. It does not seem that they have been produced continuously for over 46 years, but as the Latin inscription reminds us: tempvs fvgit ! (time flies)!. There are many 'pages' in this different
version of 'Skynotes'. These are listed in the MENU at the top of the page. My hope is that you find within them something of interest, and may I, here, express my gratitude to the many people who have already visited, this, my small contribution towards the
popularisation of astronomy, which has been my lifelong aim and ambition.
I record here also a special 'Thank-you' for two very special teachers. First, Miss M Walker (later Mrs Martin). I was in her form at Normanton
Secondary Modern school, before transferring to Normanton Grammar School at the age of 13. She gave me a small note nook in which to write about and draw events taking place in the night sky. This was to be the tiny 'seed' which would eventually grow into
these 'Skynotes'. Secondly, I owe a huge debt of gratitude to the late Senior English Master, of Normanton Grammar School, Mr. T Hewson, who made me stand up in class during 'English' on Tuesday afternoons, and read aloud, to the class, several pages of Gulliver's
Travels, by Jonathan Swift, despite the difficulties I had, at that time in reading words. Thanks to him, I can now read fluently; but more importantly, he taught me to have confidence, to be able to share my love of astronomy with all to whom I have been
invited to speak; and ultimately to become a teacher myself.
My greatest thanks of all, I give to my parents: to my Dad for showing me the stars, and my Mum who put up with me looking through my open window with
a telescope in the depths of many Winter nights (in pre-central heating days), and freezing everyone in the household, except me!
It is my hope that you will enjoy these pages, and return here often
to take what you will from this site, as the months change, the result of Earth's journey around the sun.
May you too, always follow safe paths, and have clear and unclouded skies, in all the many aspects of your
Finally, I would like to say a huge 'Thank You!' to friends, collegues and some of my past students who provide me with excellent images which they have,
very kindly, given me permission to use.
The BLOG (About Me) bit is on a separate page. You can find it, if you are interested, via the MENU (MORE) above!
(playing on this page) is Clair de Lune (Moonlight), from Suite Bergamasque by the great French Composer: Claude Debussy.
The AUGUST NIGHT SKY, 2022. Any planetary positions shown are correct for the end of the month. This chart shows the whole sky