Swansea Astronomical Society Blog

Thursday, October 8, 2015

 

Aurora Borealis October 7th

The Swansea area was treated to auroral displays as a high speed solar wind buffets the Earth's magnetic field. Click on the image to get a closer view:



Sandra and Barry Stewart

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

 

Wales in Space at the National Waterfront Museum in Swansea


The National Waterfront Museum is holding a series of events under the theme of Wales in SpaceThe events run from November to the end of February.

On display will be a historic Gregorian reflecting telescope belonging to the Swansea Astronomical Society

November 2015
Sat 14 Nov

10.30am-12.30pm

Thrifty Kids: Star Advent Bunting
String together 25 stars then add a treat for each day to celebrate the countdown to Christmas.
Families
Hands on
Booking
age 6+
December 2015
Sat 5 Dec

2pm

The Grand Tour of the Solar System
Join Andrew Lound and the Swansea Astronomical Society for this fascinating presentation.
Talk

Sat 12 & Sun 13 Dec

12.30pm-3.30pm

Sparkly Stars
Drop in to make a sparkly star or planet decoration.
Families
Hands on

Sun 27 to Thurs 31 Dec
& Sat 2 to Sun 3 Jan
12.30pm-3.30pm
Rocket Calendars
Make a stand-up calendar in the shape of a rocket for the New Year.
Families
Hands on
January 2016
Sun 3 Jan

2pm

Museum Monthly Movies:
Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (U: 1977)
Film
Sat 16 Jan

10.30am-12.30pm

Thrifty Kids: Glowing Constellation Jars
Punch out a foil star constellation, wrap it inside a jam jar then add a tea light and watch it glow.
Families
Hands on

Fri 22 Jan

7pm

Star Gazing Evening
Join Swansea Astronomical Society for this special event when the skies are at their darkest. Featuring telescopes, talks, a star dome, 3D movies and more.

Fri 22 Jan

7.30pm

Aliens
Join author and broadcaster Mark Brake as he tells the story of how the portrayal of extra-terrestrial life has evolved over time.
Talk
Fri 22 Jan

8.15pm

Star Film: HUBBLE (U: 2010)
Film
Sat 23 & Sun 24 Jan

12pm, 1pm, 2pm & 3pm

Star Dome
Take a trip around the stars in our inflatable planetarium.
Families
Booking
age 7+
Sat 23 Jan

12pm-4pm

Amazing Astronomy Day
Examine moon rocks, look through replicas of Galileo and Newton’s telescopes and watch 3D space films.
Families
Hands on

Sat 23 Jan

2pm

Britannia Sky
Join author Andrew Lound for an insight into how Britain has played a vital role in spaceflight history.
Talk

Sun 24 Jan
2.30pm

Museum Monthly Movies:
Fly Me to the Moon 3D (PG: 2008)
Families
Film
Sat 30 Jan

6.30pm

An Evening with Britain’s First Astronaut
Join Helen Sharman OBE as she shares what it is really like living and working in space including the launch and weightlessness!
Tickets early bird before Christmas £5 adults / £3 children (under 16), after Christmas £7.50 adults / £4.50 children (under 16). Available via the online shop or the Museum gift shop
For info tel: (029) 2057 3600
Booking

February 2016
Fri 5 Feb 

10.30am-12pm

Little Mice Club: Outer Space
Enjoy bilingual play, song and crafts and meet Morys the Museum Mouse.
Families
Hands on
under 5s
Sat 13 to Sun 21 Feb

10pm-4pm
Marvellous Moon Trail
Have a go at our gallery trail to learn about our marvellous moon.
Families
Half term
Sat 13 Feb

1pm & 3pm

Asteroids, Comets & Impacts from Space
Enjoy a science spectacle that tells you everything you need to know about asteroids, comets and what really wiped out the dinosaurs!
Families
Hands on
Half term

Mon 15 to Sun 21 Feb

12.30pm-3.30pm

Constellation View-Tube
Drop in to make this clever constellation viewer.
Families
Hands on
Half term
Wed 17 to Sat 20 Feb

11.30am, 1pm & 3pm

Space Science
Join CBBC’s science communicator Jon Chase to learn new facts about the universe.

Families
Hands on
Booking
Half term
age 7-12
Sat 27 Feb

2pm

Mysteries of the Solar System
Join Dr Chris North who will talk about the fleet of spacecraft currently exploring our Solar System.
Talk

Sat 27 & Sun 28 Feb

11.30am & 2.30pm

Space Animation
Create a space-inspired story using recycled goods then bring it to life using digital stop motion techniques.
Families
Hands on
Booking
age 7+



All events are free unless otherwise stated

For further details visit the National Waterfront Museum website at Wales in Space

Steve Wainwright

Sunday, October 4, 2015

 

The Moon, Sun and star trails

A tripod mounted Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72 bridge camera at 60x optical zoom was used to image the waning, gibbous Moon. The camera was set to  ISO-100 and 1/320s exposure at f/5.9. 95 images, were precisely cropped and registered in Nicola Mackin's AstroCrop software and then stacked and wavelet processed in Registax 5.1.
Click on an image to get a closer view:

Oct 2

A tripod mounted Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72 bridge camera at 60x optical zoom was used to image the waning, gibbous Moon. The camera was set to  ISO-100 and 1/160s exposure at f/5.9. 84 images, were precisely cropped and registered in Nicola Mackin's AstroCrop software and then stacked and wavelet processed in Registax 5.1.


Oct 3

A tripod mounted Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72 bridge camera at 60x optical zoom was used to image the waning, gibbous Moon. The camera was set to  ISO-100 and 1/160s exposure at f/5.9. 94 images, were precisely cropped and registered in Nicola Mackin's AstroCrop software and then stacked and wavelet processed in Registax 5.1.

Oct 4


A static tripod mounted Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72 bridge camera at 60x optical zoom, fitted with a Baader solar filter, was used to image the Sun. The camera was set to burst mode, ISO-100 and 1/1000s exposure at f/5.9. Images were captured in bursts of three. 130 images, precisely cropped and registered in Nicola Mackin's AstroCrop software were stacked and wavelet processed in Registax 5.1.

Oct 2

A Pentax K-x DSLR was mounted on a static tripod and pointed at Polaris. The camera was set to ISO 6400 and 30s exposures. Exposures were made continuously for 20 minutes. The resulting images were combined into a star trail image using StarStax software.


Steve Wainwright

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