FVGIT IRREPARABLE TEMPVS

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2020.

SCARBOROUGH, NORTH YORKSHIRE, U.K.

 

TIME'S PACES 

'When, as a child, I laughed and wept, time crept.

When, as a youth, I dreamt and talked, time walked.

When I became a full grown man, time ran.

When, older still, I daily grew, time flew.

Soon I shall find, on travelling on, time gone !

Some lines written on a clock in the Cathedral Church of Christ and The Blessed Virgin Mary, Chester, U.K.

Venus as Hesperus, the 'Evening Star'.
Falsgrave SCARBOROUGH.
February, 2020 - JH

PLEASE NOTE : Because of the size of this FRONT PAGE, which resulted in the slow loading of the material on some machines; I have created another suplementary page. It is called 'FRONT PAGE continued' and can be reached using the MENU above.

You will find there, illustrations of Saturn and its fascinating moon ENCELADUS, thought to be a possible abode of life, as is Jupiter's satellite Europa.

THE TWO QUADRANT CHARTS, updated monthly are now to be found on the supplementary FRONT PAGE also.

SKYNOTES are available. Use The MENU above to find the current month's SKYNOTES.

ASTEROIDAL OCCULTATIONS for THE CURRENT MONTH accessible via the Menu above (ASTEROIDAL EVENTS). Thanks For those Andrej !

VENUS, the "EVENING STAR" , 'HESPERUS' of the Ancients will soon be seen low in the WSW at  dusk, shining in the twilight. The current phase of the planet is shown below.

REMOTE PLANETS. The paths of URANUS, NEPTUNE, and PLUTO, have been updated for 2020. 

 

THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION.

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

INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION - Visible passes from SCARBOROUGH. 

 

Date Brightness Start Highest point End Pass type
(mag) Time Alt. Az. Time Alt. Az. Time Alt. Az.
21 Feb -0.6 06:31:19 10° SSE 06:32:44 12° SE 06:34:09 10° ESE visible
24 Feb -1.1 05:43:54 10° S 05:46:08 17° SE 05:48:22 10° ESE visible
25 Feb -0.9 04:57:14 10° SSE 04:58:37 12° SE 04:59:59 10° ESE visible
26 Feb -2.0 05:44:08 10° SW 05:47:04 28° SSE 05:50:02 10° E visible
27 Feb -1.7 04:58:07 17° S 04:59:28 22° SSE 05:02:09 10° E visible
28 Feb -1.3 04:12:20 16° SE 04:12:20 16° SE 04:14:05 10° ESE visible
28 Feb -2.8 05:45:16 13° SW 05:48:06 42° SSE 05:51:20 10° E visible

 

 

VENUS /MOON conjunction. FEBRUARY 27th Scarborough

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. 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. IT IS HERE FOR YOU TO USE !

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 46 years, but as the latin inscription tells us: TEMPVS FVGIT ! (Time Flies!)

 There are quite a number of 'pages' in this new version of 'SKYNOTES'. They 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.

 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, 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 thank-you for two very special teachers I had when I was growing up. First, Miss M Walker (later Mrs Martin). I was in her class at Normanton Secondary Modern School, before transfering to The 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 the tiny 'seed' which was eventually to 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 several pages of Gulliver's Travels, by Jonathan Swift, despite the difficulties I had in reading words. Thanks to him, I can now read properly and he taught me the confidence, to be able to share my love of Astronomy with all to whom I am invited to speak, and to become a teacher myself.

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 life!

John Harper. B.Ed. (Honoris Causa), and alumnus of the University of Chester, T.Cert, School of Education, Victoria University of Manchester (Padgate College of Education, Warrington, Cheshire). 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 shead 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, they 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, towards 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'.

Together with the members of Scarborough and Ryedale Astronomical Society, I try to give opportunities for people to look at the night sky when special events take place, 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 has captivated me for so long!

 

 

 

FEBRUARY 27 at 20h UT MOON PHASE: WAXING CRESCENT. NEW MOON was on FEBRUARY 23 at 15h 32 UT. FIRST QUARTER is on MARCH 02 at 19h 57 UT.

FEBRUARY 27 at 20h UT. MOON'S CELESTIAL POSITION. MOON in conjunction with VENUS.

KEY TO FEATURES: NEW MOON/WAXING CRESCENT

NEXT LUNAR OCCULTATION for SCARBOROUGH UK

The SUN'S CELESTIAL POSITION at 12h Universal Time on FEBRUARY 28 ,The Sun is in the Astrological Sign of PISCES, the FISHES.

FEBRUARY 27 The SUN'S PHOTOSPHERE today in visible Light.
Image courtesy of NASA.

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 !

Moon rising over Scarborough - Early evening FEBRUARY 07.
Image courtesy of @FeelBetter2day
Thanks Linda.

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.

ASTRONOMICAL EVENTS due this month may be found in the MONTHLY SKYNOTES,accessible via the MENU above, and on the supplementary 'FRONT PAGE', see above.

JUPITER'S GALILEAN SATELLITES. Their daily changing configuration in relation to Jupiter.

The daily configuration graphic may be seen below.

JUPITER is in conjunction with the SUN at the end of DECEMBER, therefore this is suspended until 2020.

MARCH FULL MOON - THE MOON OF LENGTHENING DAYS.
MARCH 09 at 17h 48m UNIVERSAL TIME

The APPEARANCE OF THE PLANETS in FEBRUARY. 2020

JUPITER'S BELTS AND ZONES for Reference

SCARBOROUGH Late February - SOUTH BAY looking towards the Spa and Old Town.
Courtesy of Faith Young. Thanks Faith!

SUNRISE/SET, MOONRISE/SET TIMES & TIDE TIMES SCARBOROUGH North Yorkshire UK

FEBRUARY'S FULL MOON Image courtesy of Karl Parkinson, PICKERING, February 08, 2020. Thanks Karl

SUNRISE and SUNSET  SCARBOROUGH.

LOCAL TIME 

FEBRUARY 28, 2020

RISE: 06h 53 

SET:  17h 34 

DAY LENGTH (SUNRISE TO SET )

10h 41m 11s

MOONRISE and SET, SCARBOROUGH.

RISE: 08h 51.

SET:  22h 51

TIDE TIMES, SCARBOROUGH NORTH SEA

FEBRUARY 28, 2020.

LW:   00h 54 

HW:  06h 52

LW:  12h 55

HW:  19h 00  

 

SCARBOROUGH NORTH BAY: Late FEBRUARY clouds over the NORTH SEA.
Image courtesy of @FeelBetter2day
Thanks Linda.

The APPEARANCE OF VENUS during MARCH (Data for MARCH 01 at 20h UT.

VENUS over All Saints' Church CROFTON, WAKEFIELD imaged by Maurice Bradwell FEBRUARY 24, thanks Maurice!

Betelgeuse is now increasing in brightness as can be seen in this image taken by Wakefield astronomer Maurice Bradwell February 24, 2020, Thanks Maurice!