Adrian Jannetta writes...
A really great evening of astronomy under the dark skies of Ingram in north Northumberland last night. It rained most of the day but the forecast said a very a long clear spell was coming during the evening. The forecast was spot on!
The highlight of the evening for me were showing people what a little telescope can do! I had the little 80mm Skywatcher refractor with me and the widefield views of the Pleiades and Orion Nebula were spectacular. It was a big enough telescope to show people the galaxy pair M81 and M82 (and also the supernova!) During the constellation tour a bright meteor streaked past as we were looking towards Cassiopeia.
Here are some images I captured at Ingram before and after my Jupiter talk.
David and Olga were marvelous as usual, showing off the telescopes inside the hall. Outside with me was Tim, Ian and Shaun. I got a great view of M82 and the supernova through Tim's telescope and I glimpsed the shadow of Ganymede on Jupiter through Shaun's telescope. And when the cold was starting to bite....the bacon and sausage sarnie and coffee at Muddy Boots Cafe just around the corner really hit the spot!
The only disappointing aspect of this event was the number of people cancelling last minute. I suppose when the rain was coming down in the afternoon it might not have looked good for stargazing. Even if that had been the case there would still have been a presentation, demonstrations of the telescopes and night sky (albeit a virtual one on screen). In any case....those non-attenders missed a cracking night under the stars.
Next up is a stargazing event at the Tin Church in Low Newton on Tuesday night.
Dr Adrian Jannetta FRAS
Amateur astronomer and mathematics teacher. Guitar strumming explorer of the universe!
Proud nerd and founder of the school space club. A young whippersnapper with a bucket-load of passion.