TEMPUS FUGIT = TIME FLIES.

The SUN is in the astrological sign of GEMINI, THE TWINS. The ruling planet of this sign is MERCURY

The Sun enters the Sign of GEMINI, on MAY 21 at 01h 22 UT

SATURDAY, MAY 28, 2022.

SCARBOROUGH, NORTH YORKSHIRE, U.K.

BRITISH SUMMER TIME (UT +01h)

 

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.

O Christ! Wilt Thou have saved me then?

Amen.

Some lines written on a clock in the Cathedral Church of Christ and The Blessed Virgin Mary, Chester, U.K. It is attached to the clock case in the north transept of the cathedral and was written by Henry Twells (1823 - 1900).

 

And Twells' ORIGINAL VERSION:

 

When as a child I laughed and wept,
Time crept.
When as a youth I waxed more bold,
Time strolled.
When I became a full grown man,
Time ran.
When older still I daily grew,
Time flew.
Soon I shall find, in passing on,
Time gone.
O Christ! wilt Thou have saved me then?
Amen.

 

THE CLOCK OF LIFE.

The clock of life is wound but once

And no man has the power

To tell just when the hands will stop

At late or early hour.

Now, is the only time you own,

Live, love, toil with a will.

Place no faith in "tomorrow" for

The clock may then be still.

The MAY NIGHT SKY, 2022. Any 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! 

Therefore:

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 would like to say a huge 'Thank You!' to friends, collegues and some of my past students who provide me with excellent images which they have, very kindly, given me permission to use.

 The BLOG (About Me) bit is on a separate page. You can find it, if you are interested, via the MENU (MORE) above!

The MUSIC (playing on this page) is Clair de Lune (Moonlight), from Suite Bergamasque by the great French Composer:  Claude Debussy.

The waxing gibbous MOON on a FEBRUARY afternoon 2022. Image by: @FeelBetter2day . Thanks Linda

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 additional 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 (also to be seen on this additional page)

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

REMOTE PLANETS. The paths of URANUS, NEPTUNE, and PLUTO, have been updated for 2022. 

POEM by Richard H Mann 'FRIENDS OF MINE' added to the ASTRONOMICAL POETRY page (see MENU above)

 

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. UK

The TIMES shown here are UNIVERSAL TIME. (GMT).  (Please ADD 01h for LOCAL BST)

 Pass Details:  

Date Brightness Start Highest point End Pass type
(mag) Time Alt. Az. Time Alt. Az. Time Alt. Az.
23 May -3.3 21:21:23 10° W 21:24:37 45° SSW 21:27:50 10° ESE visible
23 May -2.1 22:58:27 10° WSW 23:00:51 19° SSW 23:00:51 19° SSW visible
24 May -2.4 22:10:12 10° W 22:13:00 25° SSW 22:14:23 19° S visible
25 May -2.7 21:22:03 10° W 21:25:05 31° SSW 21:27:55 11° SE visible
26 May -1.6 22:11:24 10° WSW 22:13:15 14° SW 22:14:23 12° SSW visible
27 May -1.9 21:22:54 10° W 21:25:22 19° SSW 21:27:50 10° SSE visible
29 May -1.2 21:24:58 10° SW 21:25:26 10° SW 21:25:53 10° SSW visible

THE MOON, SUN & PLANETS 

 

MAY 29 at 04h UT...WANING CRESCENT (The above appearance is for SCARBOROUGH, UK at the time given). LAST QUARTER was on MAY 22 at 18h 43 UT, NEW MOON is on MAY 30 at 11h 30 UT

MAY 29 at 04h UT, THE MOON'S CELESTIAL POSITION (Scarborough UK).

Key to LUNAR FEATURES.

MAY 29 : The SUN'S celestial position, as seen from Earth, at 12h UT.
Astronomical Constellation : TAURUS
Astrological Sign: GEMINI
On MAY 21 at 01h 22 UT, the SUN entered the Astrological Sign of GEMINI, the CELESTIAL TWINS.

MAY 28
Today's SOLAR PHOTOSPHERE image in visible light, courtesy of NASA. Enhanced to show detail by J.H.

MOON PHASES MAY, 2022.
Courtesy: LunarPhase Pro software

 

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 PHENOMENA summary for each month (towards the bottom of this page), together with other astronomical events of interest. The star ALGOL has a page dedicated to itself also, accessible via the MENU (MORE) above.

 

 

THE JUNE MIDSUMMER FULL MOON : The moment of FULL MOON is JUNE 14 at 11h 52 UT.

The angular diameter of the Planets compared, in MAY 2022, (North is UP)
Source: 'Coelix' software

SCARBOROUGH, SOUTH BAY, MAY 19 morning, 2022. Image courtesy of Faith Young @FaithYoungWriter
Thanks Faith.

MAY MORNING 2022, SOUTH BAY, SCARBOROUGH
Imaged by Faith Young.
Thanks Faith.

SUNRISE and SUNSET,  SCARBOROUGH.

LOCAL UK TIME (UT plus 1 hour = BST)

MAY 28, 2022.

RISE: 04h 38 SET: 21h 19 

DAY LENGTH (SUNRISE TO SET)

16h 40m 46s

(The INCREASE is by +02m 33s)

 

MOONRISE and SET, SCARBOROUGH.

RISE: 03h 53        SET: 19h 02

 

TIDE TIMES, SCARBOROUGH.

NORTH SEA:   MAY 28, 2022

 LOCAL TIME

LW:   21h 46 (FRI 27)

HW:  03h 45 

LW:   09h 56 

HW:  15h 49

LW:   22h 24  

 

 

The images of SCARBOROUGH preceeding and following these tables are by kind permission of people who live here, and who are justifiably proud of their seaside town on the Yorkshire Coast. 

SCARBOROUGH, NORTH BAY: MAY Sunrise.
Image courtesy of @FeelBetter2day . Thanks Linda

MAY 2022 JUPITER and the GALILEAN SATELLITES. The Date is at the side. The horizontal line shows the positions of the satellites at 00h Universal Time. Interpolate to find the arrangement at other times in the day. Chart courtesy of CoelixApex Software.
Plese note: in this chart SOUTH is at the top , NORTH is at the bottom.

Source: 'Coelix' software

NEXT SCARBOROUGH, UK SOLAR ECLIPSE,
A PARTIAL ECLIPSE OF THE SUN - OCTOBER 25, 2022. A partial eclipse is visible from the UK !The 'layers' in the 'Eclipse Zone' on the map show the percentage of Sun covered by the Moon. Each segment is a 10% increase, starting at the edge (0%).
Future solar and lunar eclipses for UK, may be found using the MENU/MORE above.

AURORAL CORONA October,1989 in TRIANGULUM. Notice the Pleiades nearby, and the costellations of PERSEUS (upper left), and ARIES (below the middle of the image). Stars of ANDROMEDA can be seen to the upper right (and if you look carefully, following the stars Mirach, Mu and Nu Andromedae upwards, you may see the nucleus of the Andromeda Galaxy, M31, just to the right of Nu. The Auroral Corona is the point where the Solar particles are coming directly down through the atmosphere towards the observer, producing a definite perspective effect.
Photo taken by Sheila Anderson. Thanks Sheila

Lunar Eclipse starting at Moonset in UK.
NOVEMBER 19, 2021, at 07h 44m UT Image by Maurice Bradwell, from Sandal Castle, WAKEFIELD, West Yorkshire, looking North West. Thanks Maurice, for this beautiful image of the partially eclipsed, setting Moon.

The Phenomena of the month : MAY, 2022
Times are given in UT for SCARBOROUGH (0° 25' 5" W, 54° 16' 30" N, zone 0 = UT).

 

Date Hour Description of the phenomenon
yyyy mm dd hh:mm

 

2022 05 01 00:30 Maximum of the variable star zeta Gemini
2022 05 03 10:31 Minimum of the variable star Algol (beta Persei)
2022 05 03 14:15 Maximum of the variable star delta Cephei
2022 05 04 11:15 Maximum of the variable star eta Aquilae
2022 05 04 20:05 Opposition of the asteroid 13 Egeria with the Sun (dist. to the Sun = 2.599 AU; magn. = 10.0)
2022 05 04 23:13 Beginning of occultation of 139 Tau (magn. = 4.81)
2022 05 05 07:22 CONJUNCTION between Uranus and the Sun (geoc. dist. center to center = 0.4°)
2022 05 05 12:46 Moon at apogee (geocentric dist. = 405285 km)
2022 05 06 00:54 Opposition of the asteroid 18 Melpomene with the Sun (dist. to the Sun = 2.714 AU; magn. = 10.3)
2022 05 06 07:20 Minimum of the variable star Algol (beta Persei)
2022 05 06 07:59 Meteor shower : Eta Aquarids (50 meteors/hour at zenith; duration = 38.0 days)
2022 05 06 10:44 Minimum of the variable star beta Lyrae
2022 05 06 23:13 Close encounter between the Moon and Pollux (topocentric dist. center to center = 2.8°)
2022 05 08 23:03 Maximum of the variable star delta Cephei
2022 05 09 00:21 FIRST QUARTER OF THE MOON
2022 05 09 04:09 Minimum of the variable star Algol (beta Persei)
2022 05 09 23:59 Close encounter between the Moon and Regulus (topocentric dist. center to center = 4.0°)
2022 05 10 00:00 Meteor shower : Eta Lyrids (3 meteors/hour at zenith; duration = 11.0 days)
2022 05 11 04:06 Maximum of the variable star zeta Gemini
2022 05 11 15:29 Maximum of the variable star eta Aquilae
2022 05 12 00:58 Minimum of the variable star Algol (beta Persei)
2022 05 13 00:52 Beginning of occultation of 29-gamma Vir, Porrima, (magn. = 3.45)
2022 05 13 00:52 Beginning of occultation of 29-gamma Vir, Porrima, (magn. = 3.49)
2022 05 13 01:41 End of occultation of 29-gamma Vir, Porrima, (magn. = 3.45)
2022 05 13 01:41 End of occultation of 29-gamma Vir, Porrima, (magn. = 3.49)
2022 05 14 01:43 Close encounter between the Moon and Spica (topocentric dist. center to center = 3.6°)
2022 05 14 07:50 Maximum of the variable star delta Cephei
2022 05 14 21:32 Beginning of occultation of 100-lambda Vir (magn. = 4.52)
2022 05 14 21:48 Minimum of the variable star Algol (beta Persei)
2022 05 14 22:34 End of occultation of 100-lambda Vir (magn. = 4.52)
2022 05 15 10:00 Venus at its aphelion (distance to the Sun = 0.72821 AU)
2022 05 16 04:14 FULL MOON (total eclipse of the Moon partly visible in SCARBOROUGH)
2022 05 17 15:23 Moon at perigee (geocentric dist. = 360298 km)
2022 05 17 18:36 Minimum of the variable star Algol (beta Persei)
2022 05 18 06:29 Close encounter between Mars and Neptune (topocentric dist. center to center = 0.5°)
2022 05 18 19:42 Maximum of the variable star eta Aquilae
2022 05 19 09:18 Minimum of the variable star beta Lyrae
2022 05 19 16:37 Maximum of the variable star delta Cephei
2022 05 20 15:25 Minimum of the variable star Algol (beta Persei)
2022 05 21 07:43 Maximum of the variable star zeta Gemini
2022 05 21 18:11 Opposition of the asteroid 26 Proserpina with the Sun (dist. to the Sun = 2.418 AU; magn. = 10.3)
2022 05 21 19:18 INFERIOR CONJUNCTION of Mercury with the Sun (geoc. dist. center to center = 1.2°)
2022 05 22 18:43 LAST QUARTER OF THE MOON
2022 05 23 12:14 Minimum of the variable star Algol (beta Persei)
2022 05 25 01:24 Maximum of the variable star delta Cephei
2022 05 25 02:30 Close encounter between the Moon and Jupiter (topocentric dist. center to center = 3.8°)
2022 05 25 23:56 Maximum of the variable star eta Aquilae
2022 05 26 09:03 Minimum of the variable star Algol (beta Persei)
2022 05 27 02:46 Close encounter between the Moon and Venus (topocentric dist. center to center = 1.1°)
2022 05 27 22:00 Mercury at its aphelion (distance to the Sun = 0.46670 AU)
2022 05 29 05:52 Minimum of the variable star Algol (beta Persei)
2022 05 29 10:32 Close encounter between Mars and Jupiter (topocentric dist. center to center = 0.6°)
2022 05 30 10:12 Maximum of the variable star delta Cephei
2022 05 30 11:30 NEW MOON
2022 05 31 11:20 Maximum of the variable star zeta Gemini

 

Source: 'Coelix' software

 

 

 

 

 

SELECTED LUNAR OCCULTATIONS - JUNE, 2022

SCARBOROUGH UK 

  

Selected LUNAR OCCULTATIONS at SCARBOROUGH, UK (see table below for details) JUNE 10 at 00h 54 UT ----Disappearance of m(v) +4.38 theta Virginis.

The next SELECTED LUNAR OCCULTATIONS VISIBLE FROM SCARBOROUGH UK in JUNE, for stars and planets brighter than m(v) +6.1.
Lunar occultations occur when stars or planets are hidden by the Moon. The above table shows the times of appearance (D) and reappearance (R) of occulted bodies this month. (Times given are UT - Universal Time)

Source: 'Coelix' software