The DECEMBER NIGHT SKY, 2021. The planetary positions shown are correct for the end of the month. This chart shows the whole sky
This is an educational site (I was, and am a teacher!), which is updated daily. I invite you to download any of the material you find here. Please feel free to download any of the content, which could
be of use, or of interest to you. That is what this 'SKYNOTES' website is here for, after all!
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.
Historically, these 'Skynotes' are a direct cyber-descendent, of the paper Sky notes I prepared,
for many years, by hand, for members, at each meeting of the Scarborough Astronomical Society from the moment the Society began in February, 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 must thank the many programmers who have produced these wonderful software gems. In the credits section you will find a list of these amazing sources which allow me to
continue to produce my 'Skynotes', for the benefit of all. It does not seem that they have been produced continuously for over 46 years, but as the Latin inscription reminds us: tempvs fvgit ! (time flies)!. There are many 'pages' in this different version
of 'Skynotes'. These 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 and ambition.
I record here also a special 'Thank-you' for two very special teachers. First, Miss M Walker (later Mrs Martin). I was in her form at Normanton Secondary
Modern school, before transferring to Normanton 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 to be the tiny 'seed' which would eventually 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, to the class, several pages of Gulliver's Travels,
by Jonathan Swift, despite the difficulties I had, at that time in reading words. Thanks to him, I can now read fluently; but more importantly, he taught me to have confidence, to be able to share my love of astronomy with all to whom I have been invited to
speak; and ultimately to become a teacher myself.
My greatest thanks of all, I give to my parents: to my Dad for showing me the stars, and my Mum who put up with me looking through my open window with a telescope
in the depths of many Winter nights (in pre-central heating days), and freezing everyone in the household, except me!
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!
Finally, I want to say a huge 'Thank You!' to friends, collegues and some of my ex students who provide me with excellent images which they have, very kindly, given me permission
The BLOG (About Me) bit is on a separate page. You can find it, if you are interested, via the MENU above!