This is Jupiter's satellite (II) EUROPA in relation to Jupiter, at 06h UT, FEBRUARY 20.
Gaphic generated using 'Celestia' software

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2019.

SCARBOROUGH, NORTH YORKSHIRE, U.K.

 

'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 from a clock in Chester Cathedral, U.K.

 

HELLEBORUS ORIENTALIS - The Lenten Rose, in its many colours and forms blooms in FEBRUARY

ADDED INFORMATION

 

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 Conjunction with SUN was on NOVEMBER 26. The planet is now reappearing in the south eastern morning twilight.

SKYNOTES are available. Use The MENU above for th  MARCH, and APRIL 2019 SKYNOTES.

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

ADDED also: A Theological and Astronomical Reflection upon the 'STAR OF BETHLEHEM'. Please use the MENU to find this page.

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

PATH OF ASTEROID (DWARF PLANET) 3 - JUNO accessible via the Menu above (ASTEROIDAL EVENTS).

VENUS has reappeared as the "MORNING STAR" after its Inferior Conjunction with the Sun when the planet lay between Earth and the Sun. Look in the South East at dawn. the phase of the planet is shown below, on this page, and can be detected easily in binoculars 

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). The TIMES HERE are UT

Date Brightness Start Highest point End Pass type
(mag) Time Alt. Az. Time Alt. Az. Time Alt. Az.
24 Feb -0.9 06:17:55 10° S 06:19:48 14° SE 06:21:41 10° ESE visible
26 Feb -1.6 06:10:11 10° SSW 06:12:52 23° SSE 06:15:33 10° E visible
27 Feb -1.3 05:19:17 10° S 05:21:29 17° SSE 05:23:41 10° ESE visible
28 Feb -1.0 04:29:25 11° SSE 04:30:08 12° SE 04:31:21 10° ESE visible
28 Feb -2.5 06:02:57 10° SW 06:05:58 34° SSE 06:09:00 10° E visible
01 Mar -2.1 05:12:41 16° SSW 05:14:30 26° SSE 05:17:19 10° E visible
02 Mar -1.7 04:23:10 20° SSE 04:23:10 20° SSE 04:25:31 10° E visible
02 Mar -3.1 05:55:57 10° WSW 05:59:07 46° SSE 06:02:17 10° E visible
03 Mar -2.8 05:06:16 26° SSW 05:07:33 38° SSE 05:10:39 10° E visible

   IRIDIUM FLARE SATELLITES

Time Brightness Altitude Azimuth Satellite Distance to flare centre Brightness at flare centre Sun altitude
Feb 14, 18:54:17 -1.3 46° 18° (NNE) Iridium 61 24 km (W) -8.0 -16° 
Feb 16, 06:08:53 0.8 34° 166° (SSE) Iridium 97 47 km (W) -7.4 -11° 
Feb 19, 05:55:38 -2.2 37° 170° (S) Iridium 97 18 km (W) -7.6 -12° 

WELCOME

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!

MARCH 01 at 20h UT UK

MARCH 01 Dawn Sky (06h UT)

MOON PHASE, SCARBOROUGH, UK on FEBRUARY 19 at 21h UT
SPROUT KALE FULL MOON.

Moon's Celestial Position - FEBRUARY 19 at 21h UT.

KEY to the LUNAR FEATURES visible. The FEBRUARY FULL MOON called by the Anglo-Saxons, the MUD FULL MOON and the SPROUT KALE FULL MOON is on FEBRUARY 19 at 15h 55 UT.

Next selected LUNAR OCCULTATION for SCARBOROUGH and North Yorkshire. FEBRUARY 20 at 06h 30 UT. DISAPPEARANCE of 53 LEONIS.

SUN'S CELESTIAL POSITION at 12h UT on FEBRUARY 20,

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 !

SOLAR PHOTOSPHERE today FEBRUARY 19

courtesy of NASA

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.

 

 

SCARBOROUGH, HARBOUR and SOUTH BAY seen through the SPA FOOTBRIDGE on a fine day in FEBRUARY. Image courtesy of Faith Young. Thanks Faith

SUN RISE/SET TIMES FOR SCARBOROUGH, UK (LOCAL TIME). WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 20.

RISE: 07h 11     SET: 17h 19

LENGTH OF DAY: 10h : 07m : 50s 

MOON RISE/SET TIMES FOR SCARBOROUGH. UK (LOCAL TIME)

RISE: 18h 33    SET: 07h 57

 

TIDE TIMES FOR SCARBOROUGH, UK (LOCAL TIME). FEBRUARY 20.

LOW:   22h 33 (TUE 19)

HIGH:  04h 28 

LOW:   10h 46

HIGH:  16h 41

LOW:   23h 18

 

The images on either side of these tables are of SCARBOROUGH, taken by residents of the town. They have kindly given me permission to show their work, for which I give them grateful thanks. They all are justifiably proud of their town!

SCARBOROUGH, NORTH and SOUTH BAYS are separated by the CASTLE HEADLAND and here we see the Moon rising above it, in FEBRUARY, 2019
Image courtesy of @FeelBetter2day. Thanks Linda.

Enceladus and Saturn on MARCH 01 at 06 40h UT

A beautiful image of the Moon in January, just before Full. Image - @FeelBetter2day. Thanks Linda

The zones and belts of JUPITER for reference.

SATURN'S appearance during FEBRUARY/MARCH Side Data is given for MARCH 01.

TOTAL LUNAR ECLIPSE on JANUARY 21. Beautiful Image by Sandra Barber, taken from FILEY. Thanks Sandra.

JUPITER AND THE GALILEAN SATELLITES at 06h on FEBRUARY 20

Appearance of VENUS on MARCH 01 at 06h UT

Moon's reflection on the water of SCARBOROUGH'S NORTH BAY - The magical 'MOON GLADE.
Image courtesy of @LMcGPhotography. Thanks Liam

The next Lunar Eclipse is a PARTIAL ONE visible from AUSTRALASIA, ASIA, AFRICA, EUROPE and SOUTH AMERICA

Falsgrave, SCARBOROUGH, UK. The waxing crescent Moon above the trees of Falsgrave Park and the rooftops of Falsgrave, Sunday February 10 at 17h UT

Can you see Venus in the bright, morning twilight, to the left of the Moon?

FEBRUARY 19th FULL MOON ----- This is THE SPROUT KALE or MUD FULL MOON of our ancestors

WAXING GIBBOUS MOON in the sky at SCARBOROUGH UK, shining through high Cirro Stratus, just before February's FULL MOON (called by our ancestors, two names : the MUD FULL MOON and The SPROUT-KALE MOON. Image courtesy of @FeelBetter2day. Thanks Linda!