As part of the International Year of Astronomy 2009, Autumn Moonwatch (and Meteorwatch) will take place from 24th October to the 1st November.
There will also be a Twitter Moonwatch on the evenings of the 26th & 27th October), where the idea is to communicate with people all over the UK while you observe the Moon. To take part in this, you will need to sign up to Twitter (for free) and the follow @astronomy2009uk.
During Twitter Moonwatch various people around the country will be live-tweeting images of the Moon, planets and other astronomical objects. At the same time astronomers from Newbury AS (and many others) will be online to answer any questions you might have about the images being tweeted, and about astronomy in general.
This Moonwatch will be a special one, as Faulkes Telescope Network of professional telescopes will also be taking part and taking images with their 2-metre telescope situated in New South Wales, Australia.
To find out more, visit www.astronomy2009.co.uk
Keep updated on this event either or on our Twitter (@northessexastro). The information below was originally posted on the NewburyAS blog.
Tuesday 11th & Wednesday 12th of August 2009
Newbury Astronomical Society along with the International Year of Astronomy 2009 UK and various amateur astronomers and societies, will be holding a Twitter Meteorwatch on Tuesday 11th and Wednesday 12th of August 2009.
Everyone is welcome to join in, whether they are an astronomer or just have an interest in the night sky.
This event follows on from the popular Twitter Moonwatch held in May 2009.
Use the Twitter hash tag: #Meteorwatch and get involved, ask questions, follow the event and enjoy the night sky with us. Images and other information will be tweeted as it happens. Live!
The highlight of the summer meteor showers : The Perseids, reach maximum around the 11th and 12th of August and may put on a display of approximately 80 to 100 meteors per hour under ideal conditions. Conditions this year aren’t ideal but meteors every few minutes are still quite possible. Perseid meteors are often bright with persistent trails which can linger for a while after the meteor has burned up. Further information on the Perseid meteor shower and how to view it, will be posted closer to the time and during the Meteorwatch.
Other main objects of interest on both evenings will be the planet Jupiter and the Moon. The planets Mars and Venus will also be visible if you stay up to the small hours.
The Twitter Meteorwatch will start at 21.30 BST on the 11th of August and will continue through to the evening of the 12th of August. Amateur and professional astronomers from the US and other countries are invited to join in and take over from the UK, when the sun comes up here, helping make the event run for over 24 hours and be truly international. The event will close in the UK, in the early hours of the 13th of August 2009
Do you know what an astronomer does?
Today’s astronomer is not the lone observer of past centuries. A new planetarium show for the Internationa Year of Astronomy 2009 – “We are Astronomers” – reveals the global collaboration, technology and dedication required to answer the unresolved questions of the Universe.
“We are Astronomers” is an exciting new 360° Fulldome digital planetarium show launching today in various sites across the UK. The show has been produced with input from UK astronomers and was funded by the Science and Technologies Facilities Council (STFC).
You can find out where “We Are Astronomers” is showing here. (Note: There are unfortunately only seven locations showing it. Maybe some sort of Imax or cinema show would’ve been better at getting IYA2009 some wider coverage…)
You do also have the opportunity to win free tickets to see the show at your nearest planetarium, along wtih an exclusive “We Are Astronomers” poster signed by the show’s narrator, David Tennant. You can find out how to enter this competition here.