Radlett & District

Astronomy

Leader: TBA

Transit of Mercury - 11th November 2019

This is a reminder that there will be transit of the planet Mercury across the face of the sun TODAY, Monday 11th November, the last for 13 years. The transit will started at 12:35 GMT and lasted until sunset in the UK (a bit longer if you are further West or looking at it Online).

At about 14:00 few (see picture) of us went to the Phillimore (Radlett) recreation ground and got one of our telescopes out. Unfortunately it was largely cloudy, we did get a couple of brief glimpses of the sun through the telescope however it was not clear enough for long enough to be able to see Mercury.

Watching Transit of Mercury

We have now (15:30) packed up and gone home.

Whatever the weather you will be able to see the transit online – see space.com (https://www.space.com/19195-night-sky-planets-asteroids-webcasts.html) for links and more details.

Here are a couple of picture of the transit from Space.com (taken at about 12:50 and 15:45) - click on the images to enlarge then and you will see the small black dot of Mercury. It is near the centre at the bottom on the first picture and near the centre of the sun on the second one.

Mercury transit from Web (Space.com) Mercury transit from Web (Space.com) .

PLEASE REMEMBER do not try to look at this without proper eye protection (the same as would be needed to look at a solar eclipse). Note that due to the size of Mercury you will probably only be able to see this though a telescope, or possibly by projection onto white card, as it is likely to be too small to see just by your eyes using Eclipse glasses.

Regards,
Gary Harding

Wanted - Group Leader

If you feel you could take on the role of leading this group, then please let either Brian Lipman (our U3A Groups coordinator) or me know. Brian’s email address is groups@radlettu3a.org.uk. You do not need to be an expert on the subject to become a group leader, and indeed you don’t even need to know anything about it. And there will be help available – Simon Pyzer and 3 colleagues are happy to help.

Contact: send an email by clicking on the carrier pigeon on this page

Meetings: Currently there are no regular group meetings planned When run these are typically on a Thursday evening or occasionally at other times when weather permits scope usage or visits are planned. Members of the group will be notified of meetings by email and via this webpage.

The Astronomy group own a telescope, thanks to a grant from the Radlett Festival Committee, it will be available for use by the group and for the local community under supervision of the group. Telescope evenings will be arranged at short notice depending upon the weather and peoples availability and will be announced here and via eMail.

Keep an eye this web page for short notice announcements of telescope evenings and any other events.

Photos
Click once on a photo, then scroll through the images.

Bayford Visit ----------Photo by Gary Harding Hampstead Observatory Visit to Hampstead Jan 2015 The Moon - Graham Taylor
Bayford VisitTring visit Sept 2014Tring visit Sept 2014Photo by Gary HardingHampstead ObservatoryVisit to Hampstead Jan 2015The Moon - Graham Taylor
Astronomy at Kemprow Feb 2015 Waiting for the Eclipse No Eclipse - even with the glasses 30th April Visit to the National Space Centre National Space Centre 25th June 2015 The group at Astrium
Astronomy at Kemprow Feb 2015Waiting for the EclipseNo Eclipse - even with the glasses30th AprilVisit to the National Space CentreNational Space Centre 25th June 2015The group at Astrium
Panorama of Lunar Eclipse 28-Sep-2015 Lunar Eclipse 28-Sep-2015 Northern Lights - 10-Jan-16 Northern Lights - 12-Jan-16 Surrey Space Centre June 2016 Surrey Space Centre
PanoramaLunar Eclipse 28-Sep-2015Lunar Eclipse 28-Sep-2015Northern Lights 10th JanNorthern Lights 12th JanSurrey Space Centre June 2016Surrey Space Centre June 2016

Northern Lights Time Lapse Video

 

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