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Lincolnshire Astronomy

  • Famous Lincolnshire People listed on this website have made a profound contribution to
    astronomy, exploration, scientific and mathematical understanding and thinking.
  • Cleethorpes Astronomical Society
  • Lincoln Astronomical Society
  • The Cosmic Elk
  • StarLincs is Lincolnshire's Mobile Planetarium.
    For booking details contact: starlincs@tiscali.co.uk
  • Paul Money's Astrospace website gives useful information and links to local societies and national astronomy sites.
  • StarLincs is Lincolnshire's Mobile Planetarium.
  • Paul Money's 'Monthly Night Sky' webpage.

    The annual Horncastle Astronomy Weekend takes
    place each September, starting every 2nd Friday.
    A very good event.
    2017 dates: 8-10 September. 45th HAW!

    Organised by Paul and Lorraine Money.
    It will be based at the Village Hall, Minting,
    near Horncastle, Lincolnshire LN9 5RX.
    For further information, See:
    The Horncastle Astronomy Weekend (HAW)

    Paul Money's Starnights
    Watch his "Events" page for updates on all future Starnights.
    You can also order his invaluable publication, "Night Scenes."
    For further information, contact Paul Money
    via his website Astrospace.

     
    Planetarium, Magazines and Newsletters

    Stellarium.

  • Stellarium. Replicate local skies with a free planetarium app for your computer or smartphone.

    For on-line information on what to look out for in the night sky each month.

  • Sky & Telescope
  • Jodrell Bank Events page
  • Sky at Night website
  • Solar Terrestrial Dispatch for alerts of Solar Flares and related phenomena.

     
    The Sun, Moon, our Comets and Planets

  • BBC On-line Solar System Click on the sun, the planets or the minor objects to explore them for yourself.

    The Sun
    Sites to check regularly are:

  • spaceweather.com News about the Sun-Earth environment.
  • SOHO European Site.
  • NASA Solar Data Analysis Center
  • UK AuroraWatch Sign up for Alerts.
  • Solar Terrestrial Dispatch Some linked pages now rather dated.

    and The Moon

  • Virtual Reality Moon Phase Pictures created from ray-traced images of the Moon.
    You can view the phase of the Moon for any date and time [1800-2199 A.D].

     
    Meteors, Comets &c.

    Meteor showers are somewhat unpredictable, so it is a good idea to look out for meteors before and after the predicted peaks.
    You might catch an unexpected display.

    Useful Meteor Shower pages and Comet information.

  • Meteor Showers Online by Gary Kronk. Excellent Meteor resource.
  • International Meteor Organisation for more scientific presentation of Meteor information. Very good.
    Details of major showers are posted on this site, which is packed with well presented facts, figures and diagrams!
  • LIVE Comet Data

     
    Eclipses

    For accurate timing data for Lincolnshire see Paul Money's Night Scenes (Astrospace Publications).

  • NASA's Eclipse Home Page with details of coming eclipses, transits and their visibility.
    Next Transit of Mercury: 09 May 2016; Next Transits of Venus: 2117 and 2125.
  • Mr Eclipse. Fred Espenak's Website.

     
    Light Pollution

    Prefer dark skies? Worried about the impact of light pollution on wildlife?
    If you are fed up with tacky, sentimental, energy-wasting and potentially
    harmful lighting of buildings, radio masts and monuments and at holiday
    resorts, ports &c. check out:

  • Humber Bridge lighting trials Andrew Credland's photograph of the 1999 [now-scrapped]
    project says it all! But the lighting idea still has support in some quarters!
    Beware. "Hull City of Culture 2017" might get the debate going again.
  • The BAA's Campaign for Dark Skies
  • Towerkill
  • The Fatal Light Awareness Program

     
    "SpaceLinks"

  • Jodrell Bank Observatory – Home of the Lovell Telescope. Lots of useful information and links.
  • National Schools Observatory – La Palma robotic telescope.
  • BBC – The Sky At Night
  • National Space Centre – Leicester.

  • Astronomy Picture of the Day. Each day a different image or photograph of the universe is featured,
    along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer.
  • Wallace Sargent's Homepages Exiled Winterton Astronomer and Astrophysicist. Many good links.

  • Heavens-Above – Chris Peat's excellent website runs dynamic web pages which generate visibility
    predictions for satellites and Iridium flares and a wide range of related astronomical information for
    any location on the Earth. Useful comet visibility data for observers.
  • History of Astronomy [and Science] website by Wolfgang R. Dick. Useful library of links.
  • Bad Astronomy An "antidote" site by Phil Plait.
  • Birr Castle, home of the Parsons family, the Earls of Rosse, who made a significant contribution to astronomy.

     
    "SETI"

    The Search for Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) is on!
    There's little enough intelligence here on Earth, so we could do with it!

  • Jodrell Bank and the SETI project. The Lovell 76m radiotelescope at Jodrell Bank and the
    305m Arecibo Telescope in Puerto Rico have begun to conduct the most sensitive and
    comprehensive search ever undertaken for radio communication signals from
    Extra-Terrestrial Civilisations beyond our Solar System.

  • SETI@home. A scientific experiment that harnesses the power of hundreds of thousands of
    Internet-connected computers in the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI).
    You can participate by running a free program that downloads and analyses radio telescope data.
    Sign up on the BOINC website.
    Free software can be downloaded there and you can "attach" to any of the BOINC projects using this.


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