AUGUST NEWSLETTER 2017 © “Just Gotta Love Astronomy”©
Some great news …
The Space Place Observatory and Cartref Park Gardens were Finalists for Home Based Business in the WBN ( Wheatbelt Business Network) Excellence Awards and Winners – Business with 5- 10 Employees– which were held in Bindoon on the 14th of July 2017.
The Awards were supported by Commonwealth Bank of Australia: Heartlands; Daren West Member of the Agricultural Region; Mia Davies MLA; Chittering Chamber of Commerce.
We would like to say a big thankyou from all of the Galaxy Team at the Space Place Observatory to everyone who made this event possible.
YOU’RE GUIDE FOR ‘KEEPING YOUR EYES ON THE NIGHT SKIES during August 2017”
MERCURY- In the western evening sky, is at its best for observation during the first half of August. Over the final fortnight the planet moves back toward the Sun and inferior conjunction (between Earth and the Sun), on the 27th thereafter returning to the morning dawn in September.
VENUS- in the eastern predawn sky, travels across Gemini before moving into Cancer at month’s end. On the 17th the brilliant planet will be 0.5° from the 4th magnitude star Delta Geminorum (Wasat). Delta is an interesting binary of unequal white and reddish suns; the companion, 6 arcseconds away is 8th magnitude, and easy double in small telescopes. Delta very closely marks the point where Pluto crosses the ecliptic on its way north, in fact the dwarf planet was only 0.2° from this star when found by Clyde Tombaugh in 1930. On the 19th, the 26-dayold waning crescent Moon appears near the planet. Also on the same day Venus is near the Eskimo Nebula (NGC2392).
MARS- remains hidden from view in the glare of the Sun after conjunction and will reappear in the morning sky mid-September in Leo.
JUPITER- in Virgo, can be seen in the western evening sky moving towards the 1st magnitude star Spica (Alpha Virginis). By months end the star and planet will be less than 4° apart and a little closer next month. On the evening of the 2nd Jupiter is seen nearly on top of the galaxy NGC 4941 in Virgo. Due to the glare of the planet this faint spiral will be hard to see. On the 10th, Jupiter passes 0.6° from the 4th magnitude double star Theta Virginis, having had a closer approach to this sun last April whilst moving in retrograde. The 4-day old waxing crescent Moon, Jupiter and Spica make a pleasant sight on the evening of the 25th. This month is the last chance to view Jupiter at a practical altitude before it moves closer to the Sun and conjunction in October.
SATURN – transits the meridian around 8pm midmonth placing it high in the northern sky and ideal for observation. The planet appears stationary on the 26th (coming close to the double star Xi Ophiuchi) as it comes to the end of its retrograde loop. It then resumes its west to east motion across the sky heading toward Sagittarius. Saturn has two close encounters with the waxing gibbous Moon this month, on the 3rd with an 11-day old Moon and on the 30th will be the 8- day old Moon.
URANUS – rises in the late evening eastern sky and transits the meridian around 4am. On the 3rd the planet appears stationary against the background stars and thereafter is in retrograde motion until early 2018.
NEPTUNE – in Aquarius, rises at the end of astronomical twilight midmonth. At the end of August the planet will be 1.3° from the 4th magnitude star Lambda Aquarii (Hydor), a handy reference point to offset from if using binoculars to find Neptune.
PLUTO- now past opposition, transits the meridian (is due north) around 9pm midmonth. For those interested in astroimaging , the ice dwarf will be just 3 archminutes from the 6th magnitude star HR 7276 at the end of August – a perfect opportunity to take images over several days as the plutoid sails past this bright reference point.
¶ C/2015 ER61 (PANSTARRS) - rising around 1am midmonth, begins August in Aries and quickly crosses into Taurus where it resides for the remainder of the month. During this time, the comet remains around 11th magnitude. Here’s an imaging opportunity. For all of August through until late October it will be within 5° of the Pleiades, with the closest approach this month on the 17th.
¶ C/2015 V2 – (Johnson) – Is expected fade from 8th to 9th magnitude this month. Moving through Centaurus until late August, when it enters Lupus, the comet sets around 1am. On the evening of the 24th it makes a close approach to 3rd magnitude Kappa Centauri.
¶ 71P/ CLARK- will be moving through Scorpius throughout August until the last two nights when it enters Corona Australis. Around 10th magnitude in brightness, the comet will be visible until late morning. durning the month it passes through the tail of Scorpius visiting a number of bright stars and deep sky objects along the way.
NB If you see bright fireball in our night skies please go to the website below and report what you have seen. http://www.fireballsinthesky.com.au/ Meteorites are the oldest rocks in existence: the only surviving physical record of the formation and evolution of the solar system. They sample hundreds of different heavenly bodies. Potentially, meteorites offer a direct route to understanding our origins. But to decode that record we need to know where they come from. The Desert Fireball Network (or DFN for short) is designed to provide that data. Meteorites generate a fireball as they come through the atmosphere – you may even have seen one of these yourself. The DFN is a network of digital cameras in the outback desert of Australia which capture photographs of the night sky. By making networked observations of the fireball we can triangulate its trajectory, track the rock forward to where it lands, and back, to where it came from in the solar system.
AUGUST MOON... J
3rd (2am WST)
Moon at Apogee (furthest from Earth at 405,025km).
7th (7am WST)
Minimum Libration (4.1°), bright SW limb.
8th (2am WST) Tuesday
Full Moon, Partial eclipse of the Moon – visible from Western Pacific, Oceania, Australia, Asia , Africa and Europe
10th (7am WST)
Occultation of Neptune by the Moon visible from most of Antarctica and W top of Australia (daylight event).
14th ( 7 am WST)
Maximum Libration (7.8°), Bright NW limb. Walled plains W Bond (163km) and Goldschmidt (124Km) plus crater Barrow (95km) at best during this Libration.
15th (9am WST)
16th (3pm WST)
Occultation of Aldebaran by the Moon, visible from Caribbean, Europe, Middle East and W Asia.
18th (9pm WST)
Moon at perigee (closest to Earth at 366,121km)
20th (10am WST)
Minimum Libration (3.7°) Too close to New Moon.
22nd (3am WST)
New Moon, Total Eclipse of the Sun visible from Hawaii, North America, W Europe and W Africa.
26th (9pm WST)
Maximum Libration (8.1°), bright SE limb. The 94km crater Pontecoulant plus other south eastern highland features favoured.
29th (4 pm WST )
30th (7pm WST)
Moon at Apogee (Furthest from Earth 404,308 km).
OUR STAR SOL - SUN IN AUGUST 2017(Perth WST)
WARNING: do not look at the sun through binoculars or a telescope without a special lens or you could incinerate your eyes! NB: We would like to say ‘thank you’ to Quasar publishing for all the information we have gathered from – Your Guide to the Night Sky–ASTRONOMY 2017 AUSTRALIA. Quasar Publishing
¶ Daytime Solar Viewing
Learn more about our Sun – Sol …
These next School holidays why not do something different..
Tuesday and Friday and Saturday Mornings 9am – 10am.
¶ $10 Adult
¶ $8 Senior
¶ $5 Children ( 10ys – 16yrs)
¶ $27 Family (2 Adults + 2 Children 10-16yrs) this includes presentation and viewing through telescope at our Sun Sol and Entry to Cartref Park Country Gardens.
Barbecue Facilities and refreshments are avail on request - Why not bring a picnic … and rest and relax
Group Bookings available 10 or more people
(NB: this is not suitable for small children under 10yrs)
NB: do not look at the sun through binoculars or a telescope without a special lens or you could incinerate your eyes!
Astronomy Groups in WA
¶ ACLG - Cosmic Landscape Photography Group of WA
ACLG- Astro photographic & Astronomy
Night sky photography in the past was very difficult and out of reach for most people. Now with the new digital compact and SLR cameras this has enabled photographers to take beautiful landscape photos under the Moon or starlit sky. Our group specialises in this type of photography………….take a photo of a cityscape during the day then one at night - the difference is amazing. We have a wide range of members from absolute beginners to professionals. So whatever your skill level if you would like to photograph or take time lapse video of the night sky, this maybe just your scene. This group is free to join and can be done by sending an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org . We meet in Bassendean once a month 7.30pm – 9.30pm. Please go to our Facebook site for further queries.
AGWA meetings are held once a month on a Wednesday night, we are in the same hall as the Cosmic Landscape group (ACLG). For more info go to their Facebook site or E: Keith Williams email@example.com . Don't forget members can join the Facebook site to keep up with all the latest astronomical news and chat. W: https://www.facebook.com/groups/124589480922323/
For further information see the website http://aswa.info or contact ASWA by Email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
¶ STARGAZERS CLUB WA - Why not learn more about our night skies and join The Stargazers Club. W: http://www.stargazersclubwa.com.au/
¶ The “Space Place” & (Travelling Telescopes)©
(Formerly Gingin Observatory) now in Julimar in Toodyay WA 6567.
Look at our website www.thespaceplace.com.au for “what to do” around and nearby to where we are situated and of course, Why not follow us on Face-book /Twitter/Linked In/Google +
For all bookings and all enquiries: E: email@example.com or P: +61 8 95742295
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