THURSDAY FEBRUARY 22, 2018
SCARBOROUGH, NORTH YORKSHIRE, U.K.
REMOTE PLANETS: RIGHT ASCENSION/DECLINATION CHARTS for 2018 are in place. See MENU: REMOTE PLANETS
The graphic, at the foot of this page shows 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 early morning, towards the bottom of this page
JANUARY, 2018, FEBRUARY, 2018 SKYNOTES are all available. Use The MENU above. MARCH, and APRIL 2018 SKYNOTES have been added and are available also.
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 CERES (1) February to May 2018 The location chart may be found on the ASTEROID Page, accessible via the MENU above.
ADDED ; FEBRUARY 23, DETAILS OF THE FORTHCOMING LUNAR OCCULTATION OF ALDEBARAN see below, on this page
Good MUSIC while browsing, and perhaps catching me talking about the sky, every now and again:
COAST AND COUNTY RADIO:
- and for ambient space music try:
MOON PHASE RADIO:
INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION & 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 and authorative site :
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 of Jupiter, (the fourth brightest celestial object in the sky after the Sun, Moon, and Venus).
|Date||Brightness||Start||Highest point||End||Pass type|
|02 Mar||-1.1||05:06:35||10°||S||05:08:21||14°||SE||05:10:07||10°||ESE||visible |
IRIDIUM FLARE SATELLITES --- SCARBOROUGH UT times. When and where to look and what you will see:
|Time||Brightness||Altitude||Azimuth||Satellite||Distance to flare centre||Brightness at flare centre||Sun altitude|
|Feb 22, 17:31:21||-5.3||16°||276° (W)||Iridium 97||1 km (E)||-5.3||-2°|
|Feb 22, 19:31:16||0.1||47°||121° (ESE)||Iridium 41||45 km (E)||-8.2||-19°|
|Feb 23, 18:16:26||-7.2||53°||175° (S)||Iridium 40||7 km (W)||-9.4||-8°|
|Feb 25, 06:19:50||-0.8||51°||6° (N)||Iridium 52||27 km (W)||-8.0||-7°|
|Feb 25, 17:46:43||-7.6||45°||192° (SSW)||Iridium 83||2 km (W)||-7.7||-3°|
|Feb 25, 19:22:12||-4.5||51°||130° (SE)||Iridium 98||9 km (E)||-8.3||-17°|
|Feb 27, 06:07:53||0.6||47°||6° (N)||Iridium 13||42 km (W)||-7.9||-8°|
|Feb 28, 06:01:54||-0.2||46°||7° (N)||Iridium 50||33 km (W)||-7.9||-8°|
|Feb 28, 19:13:08||0.6||56°||143° (SE)||Iridium 80||45 km (W)||-8.3||-15° |
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.
Thank you so much for visiting this site.
Historically these 'Skynotes' are a direct cyber-descendent, of the paper skynotes I prepared 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, paticularly 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.
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.
'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 farm house, 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,
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', boomed 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 the town's 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, in my opinion, the noblest of all the sciences, Astronomy.
What are the signs of Zodiac,
Marked in stars in Heaven's track?
In March a horn-ed Ram doth run
Between the visits of the sun.
April rides upon a Bull
Vigorous and beautiful.
The Twins we call the Gemini
May-month cradles in the sky.
In June the Crab goes crawling o'er
The spaces of the heavenly shore.
Where the Crab no longer creeps,
In July the Lion leaps.
nights, like daisy-laden
Meadows, walks a Vestal Maiden.
September though it blows big gales,
Holds aloft a pair of Scales.
On October's map is shown
A star-bespangled Scorpion.
In November, kneeling low,
See, the Archer bends his bow.
December's frolic is a Goat
Bleating in his starry throat.
The Water-Carrier bears on high,
His jar in January's sky.
February brings a pair
Of Fish to swim in dark blue air.
These are the
Signs of Zodiac,
Marking time in Heaven's track.
Universe Eleanor Farjeon
The Universe is all the skies
Reaching far beyond your eyes.
The Universe is all the seas
Spreading in unseen degrees.
The Universe is all the earth
Besides the spot that gave you birth.
If you can with your small eye
Know one star in all the sky;
If, of all the seas there be,
From one beach you know the sea;
If, of all the land on
You can know one meadow's worth;
You might do a great deal worse
To understand the Universe.
HYMN TO DIANA
Queen and huntress, chaste and fair,
Now the Sun is laid to sleep,
Seated in thy silver chair,
State in wonted manner keep;
Earth let not thine envious shade
Dare itself to interpose:
Cynthia's shining orb was made
Heaven to cheer when day did close.
Lay thy bow of pearl apart,
And thy crystal shining quiver;
Give unto the flying hart
Space to breathe, how short soever;
Hesperus entreats thy light
Goddess excellently bright;
Bless us then with wish-ed sight
Thou who makes a day of night.
REMEMBER IT IS VERY UNWISE TO LOOK 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 !
ESCAPE AT BEDTIME
The lights from the parlour and kitchen shone out
Through the blinds and the windows and bars;
And high overhead and all moving about,
There were thousands of millions of stars.
There ne’er were such thousands of leaves on a tree,
Nor of people in church or the Park,
As the crowds of the stars that looked down upon me,
And that glittered and winked in the dark.
The Dog, and the Plough, and the Hunter, and all,
And the star of the sailor, and Mars,
These shone in the sky, and the pail by the wall
Would be half full of water and stars.
They saw me at last, and they chased me with cries,
And they soon had me packed into bed;
But the glory kept shining and bright in my eyes,
And the stars going round in my head.
ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON
SCARBOROUGH'S SUN/MOON RISE AND SET TIMES: THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2018.
SCARBOROUGH, NORTH YORKSHIRE, U.K.
SUNRISE: 07h 06 GMT
SUNSET: 17h 23 GMT
MOONRISE: 10h 00 GMT
MOONSET: 00h 00 GMT
HIGH AND LOW TIDES: THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 22
SCARBOROUGH, U.K. (NORTH SEA).
LOW: 02h 03 GMT
HIGH: 08h 22 GMT
LOW: 14h 19 GMT
HIGH: 20h 39 GMT
LOW: 02h 52 GMT (FRI)
HIGH: 09h 14 GMT (FRI)
LOW: 15h 18 GMT (FRI)
HIGH: 21h 37 GMT (FRI)
(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.
THINGS TO LOOK FOR:
All of the features labelled on the whole sky chart ABOVE.
THE PATH OF DWARF PLANET CERES (1) February to May 2018, may be found on the ASTEROID Page, accessible via the MENU above.
ALGOL (Beta Persei), the famous eclipsing variable star, which has a page dedicated to it, accessible via the MENU above, reaches its MINIMUM BRIGHTNESS on: FEBRUARY 19 at 07h 45 UT. FEBRUARY 22 at 04h 34 UT. FEBRUARY 25 at 01h 23 UT. and FEBRUARY 27 at 22h 12 UT
JUPITER'S GALILEAN SATELLITES. Their daily changing configuration in relation to Jupiter. The planet can be seen low in the southern sky around 06h.UT during January