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January 2020

Stellarium (1)

25/01/2020 @ 10:30 am - 1:30 pm
Tory Top Road Library, Tory Top Library, Ballyphehane
Cork, T12 WP57 Ireland
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Tony Jackson, Membership Secretary Stellarium is software that allows people to use their home computer as a virtual planetarium. It calculates the positions of the Sun and Moon, planets, stars qnd lots more and draws how the sky would look to an observer depending on their location and the time.  Tony Jackson, who is a member of the club's committee, is a past master at using this software and this is the first of two presentations he will be making…

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Executive Committee

27/01/2020 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
To be advised, Location to be Advised + Google Map

Peter will email venue nearer the date

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February 2020

Sun enters Aquarius

02/02/2020
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Launch of ESA’s Solar Orbiter Mission

06/02/2020
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Gibbous Moon α & β Gemini in a straight line

07/02/2020 @ 5:00 pm - 11:30 pm
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Moon in sickle of Leo and near Regulus

09/02/2020 @ 2:00 pm - 11:30 pm
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Mercury greatest elongation east

10/02/2020
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The mysteries of Black Holes, large and small

10/02/2020 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Engineering Building UCC, Civil Engineering Building, University College, College Road
Cork, Ireland
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Prof Paul Callanan, UCC For our February lecture, UCC Professor of Physics and Astronomy Dr Paul Callanan will talk about those mysterious objects so fundamental to astronomy, black holes.   Please arrive 10 minutes early, or if you wish to join, then ideally at 7.40 if you can. Understanding the nature of black holes remains one of the great challenges of modern astronomy. More than 100 years ago, Einstein produced a remarkable theory which could be used predict the basic…

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Mars crosses into Sagitarius

12/02/2020
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Galileo Day

15/02/2020
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Stellarium (2)

15/02/2020 @ 10:30 am - 1:30 pm
Tory Top Road Library, Tory Top Library, Ballyphehane
Cork, T12 WP57 Ireland
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Tony Jackson, Membership Secretary Stellarium is software that allows people to use their home computer as a virtual planetarium. It calculates the positions of the Sun and Moon, planets, stars qnd lots more and draws how the sky would look to an observer depending on their location and the time.  Tony Jackson, who is a member of the club's committee, is a past master at using this software and this is the second of two presentations he will be making…

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Jupiter and Saturn 10° apart

16/02/2020 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Moon 4° from Mars which is near M8and M20

18/02/2020 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Moon is 6.5° from Jupiter

19/02/2020 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Moon – second quarter and 3½° from Aldebaran

19/02/2020 @ 12:30 pm - 11:30 pm
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Lunar Crescent is only 26.7 hours old

24/02/2020 @ 3:00 pm - 11:30 pm
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Observers Group Meeting (members only)

24/02/2020 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Frankfield Golf Club, Frankfield House, Airport Road, Frankfield, Douglas
Cork, County Cork Ireland
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Members only. The Observers Group meets once per month with the intention of spending 2 -3 hours observing the skies with a range of optical instruments or just viewing the heavens with our own eyes. Experienced members bring their telescopes and binoculars and willingly share the experience with newer members. The night starts with a half hour presentation (in the Club Bar) outlining what can be seen in the night sky followed by viewing in a farmer’s field; near Ovens…

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Mercury inferior conjunction

26/02/2020
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Mars 10′ from NGC6642

27/02/2020
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Venus 6° from Moon

27/02/2020 @ 12:30 pm - 11:30 pm
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Mars 0.3° from M22

29/02/2020 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am
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March 2020

AM Moon 3.5° from Aldebaran

02/03/2020 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am
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Mare Crisium appears a thin line due to libration

03/03/2020 @ 7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
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Venus & Uranus in the same binocular field between March 5th & 10th

04/03/2020
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In the morning – Saturn, Jupiter, & Mars in a line 16° long

05/03/2020
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Moon close to M44

06/03/2020 @ 6:30 pm - 11:30 pm
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Venus and Uranus are 2¼° apart

07/03/2020 @ 7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
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Neptune Solar Conjunction

08/03/2020
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Moon upper left of Spica after both rise

11/03/2020 @ 7:30 pm - 11:30 pm
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Image Processing – Cancelled due to Corona Virus Measures

14/03/2020 @ 10:30 am - 1:30 pm
Tory Top Road Library, Tory Top Library, Ballyphehane
Cork, T12 WP57 Ireland
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Please note these workshops are not open to the public and are confined to club members only. To ask about joining, email info@corkastronomyclub.com or ring Lynda 087-2321706

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Morning – Moon 6° above Antares

15/03/2020 @ 2:30 am - 8:00 am
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AM: Mars, Jupiter, & Moon fit within 5° circle

18/03/2020 @ 5:00 am - 8:00 am
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AM: Moon 4½° away from Saturn

19/03/2020 @ 6:30 am - 8:30 am
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Venus at perihelion

20/03/2020
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Spring equinox, 03h 50m

20/03/2020 @ 3:30 am
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AM: Mars & Jupiter close

20/03/2020 @ 4:30 am - 8:30 am
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Best weekend for Messier Marathon

21/03/2020
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Pluto 0.01° from Mars

23/03/2020
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Observers Group Meeting

23/03/2020 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Frankfield Golf Club, Frankfield House, Airport Road, Frankfield, Douglas
Cork, County Cork Ireland
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Members only. The Observers Group meets once per month with the intention of spending 2 -3 hours observing the skies with a range of optical instruments or just viewing the heavens with our own eyes.  Experienced members bring their telescopes and binoculars and willingly share the experience with newer members. The night starts with a half hour presentation outlining what can be seen in the night sky followed by viewing in a farmer's field at the top of the hill…

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Mercury > elongation west (27° 47′) & Venus > elongation east (46°)

24/03/2020
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PM: lunar crescent is only 33.8 hours old

25/03/2020 @ 4:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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Venus dichotomy (half phase seen in a scope)

27/03/2020 @ 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
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Moon 7° from Venus with the Pleiades nearby

28/03/2020 @ 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
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AM: Mars & Saturn close

31/03/2020 @ 5:30 am - 9:00 am
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Venus < 3° from M45

31/03/2020 @ 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
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April 2020

“Ireland’s Place in Space”

06/04/2020 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Engineering Building UCC, Civil Engineering Building, University College, College Road
Cork, Ireland
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For our April lecture, ESA engineer Con McCarthy will describe the parts played by Irish companies ─ especially the local ones ─ in designing systems for and providing services to the European Space Agency View Post for more detail http://corkastronomyclub.com/“ireland’s-place-in-space”---mon-6-apr-2020,-8pm/(opens in a new tab)

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Celestial Navigation

18/04/2020 @ 10:30 am - 1:30 pm
Tory Top Road Library, Tory Top Library, Ballyphehane
Cork, T12 WP57 Ireland
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Observers Group Meeting – switched to online. see newsletter

20/04/2020 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Dan Sheahan’s Bar & Restaurant, Dan Sheahan's Bar & Restaurant, Ovens, Co. Cork Cork Ireland + Google Map

Members only.  This is the last meeting of the 2019/20 Season. The Observers Group meets once per month with the intention of spending 2 -3 hours observing the skies with a range of optical instruments or just viewing the heavens with our own eyes.  Experienced members bring their telescopes and binoculars and willingly share the experience with newer members. The night starts with a half hour presentation (in the Dan's Bar) outlining what can be seen in the night sky…

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Jodrell Bank Visit – Cancelled

24/04/2020 - 26/04/2020
Jodrell Bank, Jodrell Bank, The University of Manchester
Macclesfield, SK11 9DL United Kingdom
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May 2020

Beltane

01/05/2020
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Saturn Maximum Declination north

07/05/2020
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Saturn’s ring narrow to 20.51° – min for 2020

08/05/2020
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Jupiter Max Declination north

10/05/2020
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Saturn Stationary begins to retrograde

11/05/2020
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Moon near Jupiter & Saturn (am)

12/05/2020 @ 5:30 am - 7:30 am
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Mercury 3.5° from Pleiades

12/05/2020 @ 9:00 pm - 10:30 pm
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Moon is 7° from Saturn

13/05/2020 @ 6:30 am - 8:00 am
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Jupiter Stationary – begins to retrograde

14/05/2020
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Moon is 3.5° from Mars

15/05/2020
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Conjunction of Jupiter & Saturn

18/05/2020
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Mercury & Venus closest

21/05/2020
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Executive Committee Meeting (on-line using Zoom)

21/05/2020 @ 7:45 pm - 10:00 pm
On-Line 🖥Via Zoom, On-Line via Zoom Ireland

This week a conference call online for committee members - by invitation only.

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Mercury 5° from moon with Venus nearby

24/05/2020 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Annual General Meeting – Postponed

26/05/2020 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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A new date will be notified when known

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PM Mercury 1.5° from M35

29/05/2020 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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June 2020

Venus at inferior conjunction 0.2° N of Sun

03/06/2020
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Mercury Superior Conjunction

04/06/2020
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Mercury greatest elongation east 23.36°

04/06/2020
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Penumbral Lunar Eclipse (am)

05/06/2020 @ 3:30 am - 6:00 am
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Late PM Moon 3.75° from Saturn, Jupiter also near

08/06/2020
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Moon, Saturn and Jupiter make a right-angled triangle in SW

09/06/2020
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Mars disk now 10″ wide

11/06/2020
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Mars and Neptune now <2° apart (am)

12/06/2020
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Moon 3.75° from Mars

13/06/2020
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Summer Solstice 21h 44m

20/06/2020
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Neptune Stationary begins to retrograde

23/06/2020
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Jupiter and Pluto are < 1° apart

28/06/2020
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Biggest 1st Qtr moon of 2020 32° 18′

28/06/2020
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Venus is near Hyades

30/06/2020
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July 2020

Merecury at Inferior Conjunction

01/07/2020
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Venus passing through the Hyades (am)

03/07/2020
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Earth at Aphelion 1.0167 AU

04/07/2020
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Moon 3° from Ju[piter

05/07/2020
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Penumbral lunar eclipse (pm)

05/07/2020
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Moon is 8° from Saturn with Jupiter near

06/07/2020
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Venus greatest brilliance

08/07/2020
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Venus at Aphelion

10/07/2020
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Venus is near Aldebaran

11/07/2020
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Mars crosses celestial equator (S to N)

11/07/2020
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Moon 3° from Mars (am)

12/07/2020
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Jupiter is at opposition (-2.8m)

14/07/2020 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Pluto is at opposition (13.3m)

15/07/2020
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Moon 2.25° from Venus (near Aldebaran)

17/07/2020
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8 Planets above horizon at same time prior to Civil Twilight (am)

18/07/2020
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Saturn at Opposition (Earth transits sun as seen from Saturn)

20/07/2020
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Mercury greatest elongation west (20°08′)

22/07/2020
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Mars moves back into Pisces and remains there for 2020

27/07/2020
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Aquarid meteor shower peaks at 1800 hr

30/07/2020 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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August 2020

Mars at Perihelion (1.3814 AU)

03/08/2020
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