Date: Friday 12th October | Time: 10.00am – 11.00am
Paul Money is well known on the astro speaker circuit having given talks on astronomy and space since the early 1980’s. He is a freelancer speaker and writer and is the Reviews Editor of the BBC Sky at Night magazine. He loves both visual and deep sky observing with all manner of equipment and is the long running organiser of the annual Horncastle Astronomy Weekend as well as the writer and publisher of the popular annual ‘Nightscenes monthly night sky guide’.
“Highlights Of The Winter Milky Way”
Not many people seek out dark skies on cold winter nights, But those who do find dark skies get a treat: a nice display of the Milky Way. It arcs high overhead in early to mid evening. It’s anchored in the southeast by Sirius, the night sky’s brightest star. It then climbs high overhead to the “horns” of Taurus, then drops toward M-shaped Cassiopeia in the north, and the tail of Cygnus, the swan, in the northwest. The winter Milky Way is thinner than that of summer. That’s because we’re looking away from the crowded center of the galaxy and toward its thinly settled rim. In fact, the point directly opposite the galaxy’s center is at the tip of one of the horns of Taurus, near a star called El Nath.
‘Highlights of the Winter Milky Way’ will explore what can be seen from humble naked eye to telescopic views taking in a wide range of targets to seek out under the dark skies of late autumn/winter.