Wigtownshire

Astronomy

When4th Friday in the month, 10:30 a.m.
Whereusually the Quaker Meeting House, Wigtown
Facilitatorplease use the link top right to send a message

As well as our programme of talks, films and discussions we occasionally get out for some practical observation, weather (and daylight) permitting! For now, we will make do with the occasional email with news of anything astronomical we spot in the media (see below).

Useful websites

Heavens-Above.com - what there is to see (satellites, eclipses, asteroids, etc.) plus interactive sky chart

Society for Popular Astronomy - news, events, equipment, observing, and techniques

AuroraWatch UK - a free service offering alerts of when the aurora might be visible from the UK from Lancaster University’s Department of Physics.

European Space Agency - news

Stellarium - free planetarium software for your computer

Keeping in touch

While we have been unable to meet, we have been staying in touch with irregular emails with current astro news

Jan 2022

  • Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition
  • James Webb Space Telescope deploys mirrors successfully
  • Spotting the Triangulum galaxy, M33
  • British Astronomical Association
  • Introducing Martin Whillock FRAS, the UK U3A Astronomy Adviser

December 2021 notes

  • See all the planets over Christmas night; more news of Planet Nine
  • Space missions: Chinese lunar rover Yutu-2 spots a mystery object; James Webb Space Telescope launch; Parker Solar Probe first contact
  • Professor Catherine Heymans, Astronomer Royal for Scotland

November 2021 notes

  • Partial lunar eclipse on the 19th
  • Telescope available
  • Spot the dogs - observing Canis Major and Canis Minor
  • Satellite swarms and space junk - a threat to ground based observation and space missions
  • Shape-shifting cloud spotted by NASA in a binary star system 2300 light years away

October 2021 notes

  • Changes observed in Jupiter's Great Red Spot
  • 'Globe at Night' citizen science project
  • Mercury photographed from BepiColombo

September 2021 notes

  • Observing Neptune and Uranus
  • Cosmology - giant void found around Perseus and Taurus
  • Launch of Landsat 9

June 2021 notes

  • Fire guts the Dalmellington observatory
  • Strawberry "super-moon"

May 2021 notes

  • Chinese space station's uncontrolled re-entry
  • Royal Astronomical Society quilt project
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Local History & Archaeology Music Appreciation
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Recipe Swap Spanish Conversation
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