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Hull and East Riding

Astronomical Society

Next Meeting - the AGM on Monday 11th June 2018



It will be held at 7.30 pm at our usual venue, the Hull and East Riding Sports Club, Chanterlands Avenue North, Hull  HU5 4ED.


Trip to the National Space Centre, in Leicester

Our sister society, Brough Astronomy, is organising a coach trip to the National Space Centre on Wednesday 8th August. The cost will be £26 to include admission and the coach journey. If you are interested in joining us, please contact the HERAS secretary, Helen - click here: secretary@heras.org.uk


Special Request

HERAS Mailing List for block emails:

Would any members wishing to be added to the mailing list please send Helen Marshall their details at: secretary@heras.org.uk

Would any members who are already on the list but have changed their details recently please let me know.


Available NOW…. Our Gallery page!


By popular request, we have added a gallery page to our website, to showcase images taken by members of the society. If you want to have your own section send an email to Brian Davies and they will be incorporated soon afterwards. New images added in March 2018.




Recent Events


Christmas Meal - Friday January 19th 2018

A splendid time was had by over 30 members at the annual post-Christmas dinner which was held on Friday 19th January 2018 at The British Aerospace Social club (Blackburn Leisure), Prescott Avenue, off Skillings Lane, Brough.  HU15 1BB


Fireballs over the UK - January 2018

Two reports by member Ray Taylor:

First: “Two Nemetode.org members (myself and Jim in Essex) managed to capture this, albeit just the early stages as it came in on a WNW trajectory over the North Sea.

UFO Orbit suggests a sporadic, with an absolute magnitude of -4.0 however given that the imagery does not include the later stages as it passed over the northern part of mainland Britain (which may have been brighter) this may be an under-estimate.

The Tisserand parameter is 2.59 suggesting that this object originated from a Jupiter Family Comet.

Second: January 7th fireball…absolute magnitude  -3.3.  Shower association remains the same. As per the attached, the unified radiant is at RA 129.1, DEC -8.2. Time: 20180107_051735 Skirlaugh NE and SE


An “Alpha Hydrid”.  Going out over Cleethorpes and across the North Sea.


I have attached the images which may be of interest to HERAS members”  [ Ed: the four images for each event are in the picture gallery, under Ray Taylor ]



Chris Lintott Spoke in Hull,  Monday 3rd July 2017

        

“Galaxy Zoo: From Penguins to Peas”


Prof. Chris Lintott (of the BBC programme “Sky at Night”) gave a highly entertaining and informative (and free!) public lecture at the University of Hull on Monday 3rd July.


An Astronaut Speaking in Hull - Weds 1st March 2017

Wilberforce College hosted a splendid a presentation by Michael Foale.

Born in Louth, Lincolnshire, Michael spoke about his many great adventures and achievements in space including a life of exploration.  This visit offered a unique insight into the drive and ambition behind his extraordinary life.

Some of Michael’s  many accomplishments:

    375 days in orbit

    6 trips into space on shuttle and Soyuz missions

    Serviced the Hubble telescope

    International Space Station Commander

    Helped rescue the Mir space station when it was damaged

A fascinating evening!


2016’s Transit of Mercury

The transit of Mercury on May 9th 2016 was the main feature of the open day (and night!) at the newly refurbished and expanded observatory of our sister society, BLAS (Brough Astronomy.)  Around 50 or more people attended through the day, and eight telescopes were operating outside, plus there was a large live projected view inside the observatory - which has wheelchair access. There are pictures on the BLAS website… see the ‘links’ page!

     




Balloon Launch - Monday 3rd July 2017


There was a High Altitude balloon mission to the  ‘edge of space’ - 30 km altitude - on July 3rd 2017. Many Hull schools and other interests were involved, and we at HERAS were named and welcome participants.



There was a pre-launch interview/photos etc by our President, Dr. Michael Martin-Smith with Chris Arundel, Radio Humberside discussing this “pattie and chips” mission – the cargo chosen by the school pupils to represent Hull! Michael attended the launch.