This is a talk given to Beckington Astronomical Society on Friday 16th. Accompanying it is a set of finder charts for the asterisms featured which can be downloaded from this link: Asterism Finder Charts
If you’ve not seen Comet Lovejoy yet, then, if it clears in the early morning this week, get up and do so! I had an excellent view on Friday morning at around 05:00; here’s a finder chart as requested at the SPOG meeting tonight.
Unfortunately this event is now cancelled due to poor weather.
My view of an eternal optimist, this Saturday is due to be the Wiltshire Astronomical Society / SPOG Messier marathon. Of course, the weather is unlikely to co-operate, but you never know. If it does start to improve, we meet on the Ridgeway near the North Wilts Golf Club. A fuller article about the event appears in the March WAS newsletter which can be found here. If you intend to come along, do drop us an email using this site or to firstname.lastname@example.org we can let you know what’s happening.
Unfortunately the weather forecast is for cloud, and lots of it, so this meeting has had to be cancelled.
The Geminids are the most active of the annual meteor showers, and this year coincide perfectly with the New Moon. With these ideal conditions, SPOG is planning a meeting at Westbury White Horse on the evening of the 13th December. The peak is expected at around 19:00, but it is estimated that the rate will be high well into the early hours of the morning; past observations also record an increase of bright meteors following the peak.
This Saturday is the annual Messier Marathon with the Wiltshire Astronomical Society. messier marathon 2012 is the information sheet as published in the WAS magazine. We’ll be at the site from 6.30pm – wear/bring warm clothing as the Ridgway is colder than Lacock and, as it is potentially an all night session, some food and a hot drink is also a good idea.