Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Friday, 11 November 2016

OSC Event - Open Evening on 26th November 2016

Wealden Astronomers will be at The Observatory Science Centre on the 26th November 2016 from 6:30pm. until 11.00 pm.Viewing is subject to weather permitting

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

OSC Event - Comets & Curry - 19th November 2016

Comets and Curry'

Come and enjoy a warming curry a glass of wine plus an informative talk by a guest speaker. You can also look for shooting stars associated with the Leonids meteor shower as well as the tail end of the Taurids meteor shower.

The Taurids shower marks the time when the Earth passes through the dust trail of comet Encke. The debris left behind by comet Enke is the largest in the inner solar system and it takes several weeks for the Earth to pass through it giving an extended period of activity; 20th October - 30th November. The peak activity for the Taurids is 12th November so we will only be catching a few bright streaks of light.

The second meteor shower is the Leonids which occurs as Earth passes through the deris trail left behind by comet Tempel-Tuttle. These meteors are very fast and often leave persistent trains behind them. The peak activity is the evening of the 18th November. The natural limits of the shower are over a much shorter duration than for the Taurids; 15th - 20th November.

While we don't use the telescopes to spot meteors but if the weather does permit you will get the chance to look at some other interesting celestial objects through the large telescopes. The evening aims to be both informal and informative. If the weather is unsuitable on themed evenings, the talk will go ahead regardless and a comprehensive tour of the telescopes will replace viewing.

Alongside the staff are members of Wealden Astronomical Society (WAS) and other amateur astronomers who are also there to help answer any questions you may have. They also have their own smaller, modern telescopes on the lawns for you to look through.

Numbers are limited to 80, so book early to secure your place.

There will be poppadoms, chicken curry, vegetable curry and nan bread. Please note that while there is a vegetarian option there is NO alternative menu to the curry.

Time: 7pm - 11.30pm (gates open at 6.45pm)
Cost: £28


Tuesday, 1 November 2016

OSC Event - Open Evening on 18th November 2016

The Leonids will peak on the night of November 17 and early morning of November 18 in 2016, just 3 days after a full Moon. A bright waning gibbous Moon may make it difficult for viewers to see many meteors.

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The Leonids peak around mid-November.
We suggest that observers try their luck after midnight on November 18.
The Leonid meteor shower is annually active in the month of November and usually peaks around November 16 or 17. The shower is called Leonids because its radiant or the point in the sky where the meteors seem to emerge from, lies in the constellation Leo.
The Leonids occur when the Earth passes through the debris left by the comet Tempel-Tuttle. The comet takes around 33 years to make one orbit around the Sun.
People can view about 20 meteors an hour at the peak of the Leonids meteor shower.

The Wealden Astronomical Society will also be on hand with their telescopes on the lawn. (Viewing is subject to weather permitting.)