Diary Dates

Orion & Birth of Stars - Saturday 28th January 2017 8pm - 10pm

Pete Williamson is leading this evenings talk and Observing after. He will explain where we can see the birthplace of stars, how they are born and what life has in store for them.

January is perfect for naked eye observing so many stars: red Aldebaran (the eye of Taurus the Bull),
Betelgeuse, the shoulder of Orion. 

Orion's distinctive belt and sword contains the Orion Nebula, a birthplace of stars, high in the winter sky. 

The Orion Nebula, (image: NASA - Orion nebula) clearly seen with the naked eye, is dramatic through binoculars.

Young Stars & Clusters - Saturday 1st April 2017 8pm - 10pm

There are some amazing clusters of stars. Whilst Globular clusters contain thousands of older stars, Open clusters, like the Pleiades, (Image: NASA Pleiades) tend to contain tens or perhaps hundreds of younger stars.

For observing, Jupiter and its moons should be clearly visible in the South East. Our moon will be away to the west close to Orion. Although not the darkest time of the month, we may be fortunate enough to find Comet Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak, and some clusters.

Our Sun - Saturday 24th June Mid-day till 5 pm

This mid-summer day-time event
will concentrate upon our sun. Pete and others will have their Solar scopes at the ready, and you can see our sun in close-up action. This image is one of Pete's. (He can tell you how to take your own)

Death of Stars - Saturday 25th November 8pm - 10pm

The Crab nebula got its name because it looked a bit Crab-like when it was sketched in 1840. It is the remnant of a star that went with a Bang (a Supernova, probably in 1054). Stuff gets left behind too, like Black Holes. Other stars die when they run out of fuel, collapse to white dwarfs then gradually fade away - is anything left? 

The Moon will be close to setting by 9pm, skies will be dark in Carding Mill Valley. Although the Crab Nebula is faint, it is visible through small telescopes. The old favourites, Pleiades, Hyades. and the Andromeda Galaxy are all binocular objects. After the peak of the Leonid Meteor shower (17/18 Nov), and before the peak of the Geminids (13/14 Dec) we are often lucky enough to see some now.

Bookings and Other Arrangements

Booking in advance is essential for catering and other arrangements, except for the Mid-Summer event which is free.

The Carding Mill Valley Events webpage is kept up-to-date with Prices. Times may be subject to alteration.

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