SCARBOROUGH & RYEDALE ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY. The 18th Annual STAR FESTIVAL. 2019, ADDERSTONE FIELD in DALBY FOREST.
As Hon. President and Founder of this Society, (back in 1976), I thank you all, and also the weather, for an excellent weekend of Astronomy, with clear skies.
For information about SCARBOROUGH & RYEDALE Astronomical Society' Please visit:
http://www.scarborough-ryedale-as.org.uk

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2019.

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 Chester Cathedral, U.K.

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 supplimentary FRONT PAGE also.

SKYNOTES are available. Use The MENU above for the SEPTEMBER and OCTOBER SKYNOTES.

ADDED : ASTRONOMICAL POEMS PAGE

2019 Path of asteroid (4) VESTA may be found on the Asteroid Events Page via the MENU above

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, on the suppimentary Front page,

THE 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.

 

on the date to get a star chart and other pass details.

 

Date Brightness Start Highest point End Pass type
(mag) Time Alt. Az. Time Alt. Az. Time Alt. Az.
21 Sep -2.0 20:11:41 10° SW 20:13:11 21° SSW 20:13:11 21° SSW visible
22 Sep -2.5 19:23:36 10° SSW 19:26:19 23° SSE 19:26:55 22° SE visible
22 Sep -1.0 20:59:24 10° WSW 20:59:49 13° WSW 20:59:49 13° WSW visible
23 Sep -2.0 18:35:43 10° SSW 18:38:01 18° SSE 18:40:19 10° ESE visible
23 Sep -2.8 20:11:02 10° WSW 20:13:25 36° SSW 20:13:25 36° SSW visible
24 Sep -3.1 19:22:43 10° SW 19:25:49 36° SSE 19:26:54 28° ESE visible
24 Sep -1.1 20:59:01 10° W 20:59:48 16° WSW 20:59:48 16° WSW visible
25 Sep -2.6 18:34:30 10° SW 18:37:26 29° SSE 18:40:18 10° E visible
25 Sep -3.1 20:10:34 10° WSW 20:13:12 45° SW 20:13:12 45° SW visible
26 Sep -3.4 19:22:08 10° WSW 19:25:21 49° S 19:26:33 32° ESE visible
26 Sep -1.1 20:58:39 10° W 20:59:26 16° W 20:59:26 16° W visible
27 Sep -3.2 18:33:44 10° WSW 18:36:54 43° SSE 18:39:51 12° E visible
27 Sep -2.9 20:10:09 10° W 20:12:44 43° SW 20:12:44 43° SW visible
28 Sep -3.5 19:21:39 10° WSW 19:24:55 54° S 19:26:00 35° ESE visible
28 Sep -0.9 20:58:18 10° W 20:58:53 14° W 20:58:53 14° W visible
29 Sep -3.4 18:33:09 10° WSW 18:36:25 53° S 18:39:15 13° E visible
29 Sep -2.5 20:09:44 10° W 20:12:08 35° SW 20:12:08 35° SW visible
30 Sep -3.3 19:21:11 10° W 19:24:25 48° S 19:25:23 35° SE visible
30 Sep -0.6 20:58:06 10° W 20:58:16 11° W 20:58:16 11° W visible

IRIDIUM FLARE SATELLITES   

 

There are no night time IRIDIUM FLARE predictions for  SEPTEMBER. 

 

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 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 43 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 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 be able 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, in all the many aspects of your life!

John Harper. B.Ed. (Honoris Causa), alumnus of the University of Chester, T.Cert, School of Education, Victoria University of Manchester. 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!

 

 

 

MOON PHASE, WANING CRESCENT. Appearance at 23h UT on SEPTEMBER 22.

Moon's Celestial Position - SEPTEMBER 22 at 23h UT.
Phase: WANING CRESCENT.

KEY to the LUNAR FEATURES. LAST QUARTER MOON was on SEPTEMBER 22 at 02h 42 UT. NEW MOON is on SEPTEMBER 28 at 18h 28 UT.

Next selected LUNAR OCCULTATION for SCARBOROUGH and North Yorkshire. SEPTEMBER 23 at 01h 33 UT. Reappearance of m(v) +5.28 star 36 Geminorum.

SUN'S CELESTIAL POSITION at 12h UT on SEPTEMBER 23
CELESTIAL POSITION : Constellation: VIRGO.
ASTROLOGICAL SIGN : LIBRA, The Balance. Happy Birthday to all Librans, when your special day arrives

NORTHERN HEMISPHERE'S AUTUMNAL EQUINOX is on SEPTEMBER 23 at 07h 51 UT.
NORTHERN HEMISPHERE'S WINTER SOLSTICE is on DECEMBER 22 at 04h 21 UT.

Sun's Photosphere. SEPTEMBER 22.
Courtesy. 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 !

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.

The HUNTER'S MOON is on OCTOBER 13th at 21h 09 Universal Time (22h 09 Local UK Time)

JUPITER AND THE GALILEAN SATELLITES at 19h UT on SEPTEMBER 22.

JUPITER as seen from the vicinity of EUROPA (II) at 18h 50 UT, SEPTEMBER 22.

The zones and belts of JUPITER for reference.

SCARBOROUGH : SEPTEMBER, NORTH BAY from The Castle. This dreat Image is by courtesy of Faith Young. Thanks Faith!

SUN RISE/SET TIMES FOR SCARBOROUGH, UK (LOCAL TIME). SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 22 

RISE: 06h 46  SET: 19h 02

LENGTH OF DAY: (SUNRISE - SUNSET) :

12h 15m 08s

 

MOONRISE: 23h 17    MOONSET: 15h 40 

 

TIDE TIMES FOR SCARBOROUGH, UK (LOCAL TIME). SEPTEMBER 22

LOW:   03h 43

HIGH:  10h 06

LOW:   16h 15 

HIGH:  22h 43 

 

 

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 are all justifiably proud of where they live!

SCARBOROUGH, SEPTEMBER. The Sun rising behind the CASTLE KEEP, NORTH BAY. This beautiful image is courtesy of @FeelBetter2day Thanks Linda.

TRANSIT OF MERCURY, 2019.
The only safe way to observe this event is to project the image of the Sun onto a screen, See the NOTE above !!!
To image the event, it is best to take a picture of the PROJECTED IMAGE falling on a SCREEN.
More details will be found in the NOVEMBER SKYNOTES