Friday July 27th - a double date for the Dark Site
Long term forecast is good.
On Friday 27th July there will be a total lunar eclipse taking place. We will see the start of totality with the rise of the moon in the UK at 21:10 BST. Sunset is 2 minutes later. The maximum eclipse is at 21.22 and the end of totality will be at 22.13. Needs a good, low easterly / south easterly viewpoint. At the Dark Site we have a view to the East and South East of approximately 1º - 2º above the horizon - so should have a good view. Also at around 22.00 Mars will rise above the horizon very close to the moon - see below.
Mars at Opposition
Also on Friday 27th July 2018, Mars will be at its closest since 2003. This will make it the brightest it has been for 15 years and will outshine Jupiter by 1.8 times. It will be low in the south east at about 11º around 23.20 and ideal to view at the Dark Site, weather permitting. It will also still be bright for our BBQ along with the expected Perseids meteor showers on Aug 11th. Mars is predicted to be brighter than Jupiter and the second brightest main planet after Venus on 27th July. Unfortunately the current dust storms on Mars will probably still be ongoing.
More details to follow to those members of ESAS that email me wishing to attend.
Never been to the Dark Site before? To find it login on our ESAS website (‘login’ top right of home page), select ‘Your ESAS’ at the top and then ‘ESAS Dark Site’ from the list. Details and maps are there to help you. Alternatively you may email one of the Dark Site Co-ordinators myself or Doug Edworthy:
Solar Observing Every Last Sunday at The De La Warr Pavilion, South Terrace 11 - 2pm (Weather dependant so check FB or ESAS Home page)
Hooe Church Roof fundraising
April 1st 7:00 ESAS raising money for Hooe Church Roof all those with telescopes please contact Andy or Paul for details. Drinks nibbles and Observing with one of the best East, South & Westerly horizons in thearea. This event will go ahead even if wet or cloudy.
Astronomy in the Pub
April 1st Crawley 3pm till 11pm for an Astronomy in the pub event,
The Plough pub at Rusper near Crawley
Oct 15&16 : Astronomy and Space: Halley's Comet to Hubble
Astronomy and Space Exhibition at Battle Memorial Hall, an all day event that is completely Free with an excellent line up of speakers and exhibits. ESAS is using its Solar Telescopes during the day in the Market square and Members will be showing the public views of the night sky from within Battle Abbey (Viewing is limited and Names will be taken on the day)
Discover what a comet smells like with ESAS, Come and Hold one of the oldest things you can touch/feel. Its true age is out of this world! Venue: Battle Memorial Hall, 81 High St, Battle TN33 0AQ
Part of The Battle Of Hastings 950 years celebrations
Click Here for the full poster
Star Gazing Live
Stargazing Live, ESAS will be at Sussex University on Wednesday 18th January with telescopes and giving talks throughout the evening. Star Gazing Live Link
1066 Sky View Oct 23rd 2016Astronomy to celebrate 950 Years of the Battle of Hastings when Hallyes Comet became a bad Omen for Harold Godwinson. Lots of things to do and see, Discover Halley's Comet, See the last close encounter and find out what it smells like Make a rocket, Narrated Solar System walk around the grounds with Lester Selmes, Space Art exhibition, See the Sun in all it's Glory (Weather permitting) Lots of telescopes on display. Touch, hold one of the oldest things ever, it's real age is out of this world! Venue: Atha Sports Club, Little Common Road Bexhill, TN39 4HU Entrance is Free.
Astronomy in the Pub Saturday 6th February 2016
Come join ESAS in one of the darkest village Pubs in the South East for a evening of Astronomical Discovery.
Not only will we have many telescopes setup in the back garden for you and your family to view the night sky, but also will have Amateur Astronomers on hand to answer all your questions, and introduce you to the natural wonders of the night sky, This event will still take place even if cloudy or wet.
This year we are supporting St. Peter & St. James Hospice, so please give generously!
Posters available for download here: http://nebul.ae/attachments/article/88/2016-02-06-AitPPoster.pdf
Star Gazing LiveSaturday 16th January 2016 ESAS BBC Stargazing Live This Event was free but donations were appreciated!
Three Speakers from 4pm - reapeated twice more through the evening;
Andy Lawes January Night Sky
Richie Jarvis - Robots of Mars
William Joyce - TBA
Lots of telescopes trained on The Moon, Jupiter, Andromeda Galaxy, The Great Orion Nebula, and lots more
Ad Hoc Laser tours of the Night sky by Andy Lawes throughout the Night
Please Remember to wrap up warm, no tickets or booking required, suitable for all ages.
A day of Astronomical and space related activities : Sunday 2nd August 2015, at Egerton Park Indoor Bowls Club Egerton Road Bexhill
* Observing the Sun with ESAS Solar scopes
* Make and Launch your own Rocket
* Laser tours of the Night Sky
* Meet Star Wars and other Sci Fi Characters
* Lots of Space related Colouring
* Lots of telecopes to look through
* See here for The Full Itinary.