THIS EVENT IS CONFIRMED ON
We will be running a Blackheath Observing session on Friday 28th September from 8pm until around 11pm.
There will be plenty of objects to hold our interest during the observing session. The most notable of these is the Summer Triangle comprising the bright stars of Vega, Deneb and Altair. In the centre of the Summer Triangle, we will be able to see the colourful double star Albireo. Close to this is M57 the famous Ring Nebula. Heading up above Vega we can see the binary system known as the ‘Double-Double’ or more technically Epsilon 1 Lyrae and Epsilon 2 Lyrae.
While the triangle is high overhead we should be able to view Saturn close to the tree line in the south-west. Mars will be easily visible at around 15 degrees above the horizon in the south. The Moon will rise at around 8.40pm, so should be easily visible around an hour later. It is currently 85% illuminated, and is in the Waning Gibbous phase, with the terminator running through Mare Tranquillitatis.
We look forward to seeing of many of you there as possible. Please bring a telescope if you can, the more the merrier! If not, there should be at least three scopes available to take you on a tour of the sky.
Blackheath is quite exposed, so please wrap up warm.
We will meet at our usual spot just north of Talbot Place at 8pm. Talbot Place is the first left off Goffers Road after the Tea Hut. Parking is free after 6.30pm. A map of the site can be found here – http://flamsteed.info/observing/stargazing-events/blackheath-stargazing/ .