This is Jupiter's satellite (II) EUROPA, in relation to Jupiter, at 21h UT, JULY 16.

Graphic generated using 'Celestia' software

MONDAY, JULY 16, 2018

SCARBOROUGH, NORTH YORKSHIRE, U.K

JULY ---The beautiful and intricate individual flowers of Rose Bay Willow Herb are delightful. Unfortunately this plant has become a troublesome weed. Its other name is Fireweed, because it spread in derelict, and burned out areas. colonising them very rapidly, during and after the Second World War.

ADDED INFORMATION

REMOTE PLANETS: RIGHT ASCENSION/DECLINATION CHARTS for 2018 are in place. See MENU: REMOTE PLANETS.

Illustrations of Saturn and its fascinating moon ENCELADUS, thought to be a possible abode of life, as is Jupiter's satellite Europa.

CONFIGURATION OF THE GALILEAN SATELLITES OF JUPITER may be seen, for late evening, towards the bottom of this page also.

SKYNOTES are available. Use The MENU above for JULY, AUGUST,and SEPTEMBER 2018 SKYNOTES.

ADDED : ASTRONOMICAL POEMS PAGE: Please use the MENU to find this new page.

 JULY 27. DETAILS OF THE FORTHCOMING TOTAL LUNAR ECLIPSE may be found towards the bottom of this page, and in the July Sky Notes. --- Use MENU (MORE), above.

AUGUST 12/13 2018 MAXIMUM OF THE PERSEID METEOR SHOWER Use the MENU ( MORE) tab, above right.

 

 

If you wish to use any of the material in John's Skynotes (see MENU, above.) please feel free to do so; I would, however appreciate you please sharing the URL of my website, so that others may use it too --- Thank you

ADDED: THE PATH OF DWARF PLANET VESTA (4) The location chart may be found on the ASTEROID Page, accessible via the MENU above.

ASTEROIDAL OCCULTATIONS for JULY accessible via the Menu above (ASTEROIDAL EVENTS)

INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION and IRIDIUM FLARE SATELLITES' VISIBILITY For information about suitable times to see the ISS, other satellites, and interesting objects, and to download the application if you wish, go to the following admirable site:  http://heavens-above.com

 

ISS - Visible passes from SCARBOROUGH: The international Space Station has the appearance of a bright star moving across the sky from west to east. it is often around the same brightness as Jupiter, (the fourth brightest celestial object in the sky after the Sun, Moon, and Venus).

 

 

 

Date Brightness Start Highest point End Pass type
(mag) Time Alt. Az. Time Alt. Az. Time Alt. Az.
11 Jul -2.3 01:39:06 17° S 01:40:24 22° SSE 01:43:01 10° E visible
12 Jul -1.9 00:48:41 15° SE 00:48:41 15° SE 00:50:34 10° ESE visible
12 Jul -3.2 02:21:20 10° SW 02:24:28 41° SSE 02:27:35 10° E visible
13 Jul -3.0 01:30:52 20° SSW 01:32:27 32° SSE 01:35:27 10° E visible
14 Jul -2.6 00:40:20 24° SSE 00:40:29 24° SSE 00:43:13 10° E visible
14 Jul -3.6 02:13:22 10° WSW 02:16:34 51° S 02:19:48 10° E visible
14 Jul -1.8 23:49:45 15° ESE 23:49:45 15° ESE 23:50:51 10° ESE visible
15 Jul -3.5 01:22:23 18° SW 01:24:31 44° SSE 01:27:41 10° E visible
16 Jul -3.2 00:31:42 30° SSW 00:32:29 35° SSE 00:35:32 10° E visible
16 Jul -3.7 02:05:28 10° WSW 02:08:42 54° S 02:11:56 10° ESE visible
16 Jul -2.7 23:40:54 26° SE 23:40:54 26° SE 23:43:18 10° E visible
17 Jul -3.7 01:13:30 11° WSW 01:16:35 52° S 01:19:49 10° E visible
17 Jul -3.4 02:49:41 10° W 02:52:50 42° SSW 02:55:59 10° ESE visible
17 Jul -1.9 22:49:49 16° ESE 22:49:49 16° ESE 22:50:57 10° E visible
18 Jul -3.6 00:22:24 19° WSW 00:24:28 47° S 00:27:40 10° E visible
18 Jul -3.6 01:57:32 10° W 02:00:44 49° S 02:03:57 10° ESE visible
18 Jul -1.7 21:57:43 12° ESE 21:57:43 12° ESE 21:58:19 10° ESE visible
18 Jul -3.4 23:30:06 16° SW 23:32:24 38° SSE 23:35:30 10° E visible
19 Jul -3.8 01:05:24 10° W 01:08:38 54° S 01:11:51 10° ESE visible
19 Jul -3.0 02:41:50 10° W 02:44:47 30° SSW 02:47:43 10° SE visible
19 Jul -3.0 22:37:24 10° SW 22:40:19 30° SSE 22:43:15 10° E visible
20 Jul -3.8 00:13:15 10° WSW 00:16:29 53° S 00:19:43 10° E visible
20 Jul -3.4 01:49:36 10° W 01:52:43 38° SSW 01:55:49 10° SE visible
20 Jul -2.6 21:45:39 10° SSW 21:48:17 22° SSE 21:50:54 10° E visible
20 Jul -3.7 23:21:08 10° WSW 23:24:20 49° S 23:27:32 10° E visible

 


IRIDIUM FLARE SATELLITES: These are Communication Satellites with highly reflective solar panels. When the Sun catches one of these, there is a bright star-like burst, which lasts only a moment, but can be very noticeable and startling! 

Time Brightness Altitude Azimuth Satellite Distance to flare centre Brightness at flare centre Sun altitude
Jul 11, 21:54:05 -2.3 37° 32° (NNE) Iridium 47 22 km (W) -7.4 -9° 
Jul 14, 01:19:05 -4.5 29° 316° (NW) Iridium 58 13 km (E) -7.0 -12° 
Jul 14, 21:41:16 -1.8 41° 36° (NE) Iridium 47 24 km (W) -7.6 -8° 
Jul 16, 01:09:52 -1.2 25° 320° (NW) Iridium 60 38 km (E) -6.7 -13° 
Jul 16, 02:50:41 0.4 55° 289° (WNW) Iridium 97 43 km (W) -8.3 -7° 
Jul 17, 01:05:35 0.6 25° 321° (NW) Iridium 58 65 km (E) -6.7 -13° 
Jul 17, 21:28:24 -0.9 46° 39° (NE) Iridium 47 30 km (W) -7.8 -7° 
Jul 18, 01:06:24 -6.3 21° 324° (NW) Iridium 91 3 km (W) -6.4 -14° 

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 Mainland Britain); as well as what I hope are other interesting bits and pieces, of use to everyone. You can contact me using the form in the CONTACT area, should you wish to do so.

PLEASE FEEL FREE TO DOWNLOAD AND USE ANY OF THE MATERIAL FROM MY WEBSITE, WHICH YOU FIND USEFUL. THAT IS WHAT IT IS HERE FOR !

Historically these 'Skynotes' are a direct cyber-descendent, of the paper skynotes I prepared, for many years, by hand, for members, at each meeting of the Scarborough Astronomical Society from the moment the Society began in 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 thank the many programmers who have produced these wonderful software gems. In the CREDITS section you will find a list of these amazing sources that allow me to continue to produce my 'Skynotes', for the benefit of all.

It does not seem that they have been produced continuously for 40 years, but as the latin inscription tells us: TEMPVS FVGIT ! (Time Flies!)

There are many 'pages' in this new version of 'SKYNOTES'. They are listed in the MENU at the top of the page. May 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. I would also like to thank the various presenters, past and present, of BBC Radio York, for letting me have regular night sky slots since the Radio Station began, many moons ago. A 'thank you' also to the other local radio stations, who put up with me, particularly when I forget what I was talking about, having gone off at a 'tangent' (= digression). These include: Yorkshire Coast Radio and Radio Scarborough, a good local Internet station, BBC Radio Leeds, Radio 5 Live, and Radio 4. A special thanks to Trish,the producer and Paul Hudson for giving me a seasonal 'slot' on Paul's Weather Show which is broadcast over a number of neighbouring local BBC radio stations. My thanks to you all!

I reserve a special thanks for the late Senior English Master, at Normanton Grammar School, Mr T Hewson, who made me stand up in class during English on Tuesday afternoons, and read aloud several pages of Gulliver's Travels, despite the difficulties I had in reading words. Thanks to him, I can now read properly and he taught me confidence to share my love of Astronomy with all to whom I am invited to speak and teach.

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

John Harper. F.R.A.S.

 

ABOUT ME:

"'MOON MAGIC' --- A poem by Pamela Tennant (I learned this, as a junior school child, at the Church of England Primary School in Normanton, West Yorkshire, England.

'One day when father and I had been
To sell our sheep at Berwick Green;
We reached the farmhouse late at night,
A great Moon rising round and bright.
Her strange beams shed on all around,
Bewitched the trees and streams and ground;
Changing the Willows beyond the stacks,
To Little old men with crouching backs.
Today the Sun was shining plain,
Theu all were Pollard willows again;
But at night, do you believe they're trees?
They're little old men with twisted knees!'

My interest in Astronomy began as a child, when I saw the feature called 'The Man in the Moon', for the first time (so I am told!). Several years later my father bought me a book called 'The Starry Heavens' by Ellison Hawks F.R.A.S., followed a Christmas later by another book, 'Introducing Astronomy' by J.B Sidgewick F.R.A.S.. With this book and a torch, I went out at night and looked at the starry skies to identify the constellations, and learned, with delight, the stories of these 'Star Patterns'. Then on Tuesday nights, around 7.30pm , after rushing through my Normanton Grammar School homework, I listened with great excitement to the serial dramatisation of Charles Chilton's novel ' 'Journey Into Space --Operation Luna!', Around the same time, on BBC's Children's Hour, there was the dramatisation of 'The Lost Planet' series of books, written by Angus McVicar, which told of an expedition to Hesikos, the peaceful planet,where the flowers known as 'Charity', bloomed in profusion. these two launched me, well and truly, to the stars! My journey had begun!

After being a member of the Batley and Spenborough Astronomical Society for a number of years, during the time I had my first teaching post at The Cathedral City High School in Wakefield (West Yorkshire), I started the school's astronomical society. Ten years later in 1975, I came to Scarborough, as Head of Religious Studies at Scalby School and founded SCARBOROUGH ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY, because I discovered that there wasn't one; although later, I found that in the past, the Scarborough Philosophical Society had an astronomy 'branch' for a while.

I am a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, a member the British Astronomical Association and the Society for Popular Astronomy. These are the three main national astronomical societies. As a member of the Society for Popular Astronomy, I became the Director of the Occultation Observing Section, and introduced the observing and timing of asteroidal occultations. When I gave up that post, because of optical problems, I was honoured by the S.P.A. who made me a honorary life member. Now, as one of Pamela Tennant's 'little old men with twisted knees' I do my best to observe from my observatory in the 'back yard'. I try to give opportunities for people to look at the night sky when special events take place up there, beyond our atmosphere; and, of course, to produce these 'Skynotes' in the hope that they are of some use to those who like me, a long time ago,.... go out on clear nights to discover, as I did, the wonders of our night skies. In these ways I am able to say 'thank you' to my life long hobby of Astronomy, which, in my opinion, is the noblest of all the sciences!

JULY 15 Looking SOUTH at 00h UT, 01h Local time

JULY 15 Looking SOUTH at 22h UT, 23h Local time

JULY 16 at 21h 30 UT (22h 30 Local BST) WAXING CRESCENT

JULY 16 Moon's celestial position at 21h 30 UT (22h 30 BST Local).
Look into the NW, after the Sun sets. WAXING CRESCENT approaching VENUS.

WAXING CRESCENT......KEY to the features.

Selected LUNAR OCCULTATIONS for this area:
Reappearance of m(v)+5.93 star HD 18700 Arietis on AUGUST 5 at 01h 02 UT (02h 02 Local BST )

JULY 27 at 21h 50 Local BST Totally Eclipsed Moon, and Mars rising

JULY 16 SUN'S CELESTIAL POSITION at 12h UT (13h Local Time)
CONSTELLATION = GEMINI, ASTROLOGICAL SIGN = CANCER

REMEMBER ------- NEVER LOOK DIRECTLY AT THE SUN unless you have the proper astronomical filters for the purpose, NOT the one often provided by the telescope manufacturer. IT IS SAFER TO PROJECT THE SUN'S IMAGE ONTO A SCREEN. Never look through view finders at the sun. instead look at the shadow of the instrument on a card. When the shadow is as small as it can be, it is pointing towards the sun, and you will see the safe image of the Sun on the card. NEVER LOOK DIRECTLY AT THE SUN------ IT CAN BLIND YOU !

Appearance of the SUN'S PHOTOSPHERE on JULY 16
(Courtesy of NASA)

SCARBOROUGH-NORTH BAY looking North West up the Coast, at Sunset in JULY. Image, courtesy of FeelBetter2day Thanks Linda!

KARUVIUM SUNRISE/SUNSET. Thanks Stuart K.R.

SCARBOROUGH'S SUN/MOON RISE AND SET TIMES:

MONDAY, JULY 16, 2018. SCARBOROUGH, NORTH YORKSHIRE, U.K LOCAL TIME (= UT +1h)

SUNRISE: 04h 48  SUNSET: 21h 26

MOONRISE: 09h 10  MOONSET: 23h 27

 

 

HIGH AND LOW TIDES: MONDAY, JULY 16. SCARBOROUGH, U.K. (NORTH SEA)

LOW:  01h 10,

HIGH: 07h 08,

LOW:  13h 40,

HIGH: 19h 45,

 

 

 

The times given are for LOCAL TIME (BRITISH SUMMER TIME (Please note : the times given here are simply a guide to give an impression of the approximate time of HIGH and LOW water, in Scarborough's two bays and must not be relied upon to be completely accurate). This section is basically for people who like to walk on the beach and to inform whether the tide is in or out, visually.

The image of Scarborough on this page is produced by a resident of Scarborough, who has given me permission to use, so that you may see how beautiful our town is, through all the changing seasons of the year. My grateful thanks to all contributors.

THINGS TO LOOK FOR:

The times when ALGOL (Beta Persei), the famous eclipsing variable star reaches its MINIMUM brightness may be found in the monthly SKYNOTES summary for each month. The star has a page dedicated to itself also, accessible via the MENU above

JUPITER'S GALILEAN SATELLITES. Their daily changing configuration in relation to Jupiter. The daily configuration graphic may be seen below;

NOCTILUCENT CLOUDS: See the Illustration below for information.

TOTAL LUNAR ECLIPSE, FRIDAY JULY 27. VISIBLE from AUSTRALASIA, ASIA, EUROPE, AFRICA and SOUTH AMERICA. At the same time MARS IS IN OPPOSITION, 

Visual appearance of VENUS on JULY 15 at 20h, NORTH IS TO THE TOP in this diagram.

JULY 15. The Configuration of the 4 big Jovian Moons tonight at 21h UT (22h BST) JUPITER is in the SSW at this time.
I = IO, II = EUROPA, III = GANYMEDE, IV = CALLISTO.

The Saturnian moon, ENCELADUS Has a warm water ocean under its icy surface, and is a possible abode of Life. Appearance in relation to Saturn on JULY 15 22h 40 UT.

MOON RISING TOTALY ECLIPSED on JULY 27 at 21h UT ( 22h LOCAL BST)

KEY to the BELTS and ZONES in JUPITER'S CLOUD DECK

Saturn in 2018, JULY 15. The Planet presents its Northern Hemisphere towards the SUN, and so we see the northern surface of the Ring System

NOCTILUCENT CLOUDS are visible during the hour before, and the hour after astronomical midnight. 01h Local BST. At a height of 80 km, they still catch the light of the Sun

At Midsummer the SUN both RISES, and SETS over the NORTH SEA at WHITBY, in the BOROUGH OF SCARBOROUGH. This picture is of SUNSET.

Have you ever seen THE GREEN FLASH, a brilliant emerald colour that appears on the last tiny segment of the setting SUN when you have a clear ZERO HORIZON ? This beautiful phenomenon is caused by Earth's atmospheric refraction acting upon the last rays of sunlight. It is far brighter than this illustration shows.

DETAILS OF TOTAL LUNAR ECLIPSE OF JULY 27, 2018,
Coutesty F Espernak, NASA.
NASA ECLIPSE WEBSITE for better detailed information and chart go to:
https://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/eclipse.html

MOONRISE in SCARBOROUGH UK is at 9.03 PM Local BST,

SCARBOROUGH & RYEDALE ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY
PUBLIC OBSERVING AT HOLBECK CLOCK TOWER on FRIDAY JULY 27 at 9pm. ALL WELCOME!
COME SEE the TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE MOON, rising over the North Sea, MARS AT OPPOSITION, AND SATURN, the ringed planet: Weather Permitting!