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The First Stargazing Session of 2023

25 January 2023 @ 6:30 pm - 10:30 pm

Free
stargazing in august

The Baker Street Irregular Astronomers gather on a monthly basis to observe the night (or evening) sky from the Regents Park which happens to be the darkest spot in central London. We love those meetings as you can look through people’s telescopes and see Jupiter, Saturn, the Moon, stars and nebulas. You can bring your own telescope and someone there will guide you on what you need to do.

A note from Eric, one of the organisers of The Baker Street Irregular Astronomers:

We meet for our first stargazing session of 2023 on the 25th January.

The crescent Moon will be just below Jupiter low in the west, setting at 21:40 GMT. Mars will be above the bright star Aldebaran, the red eye of the bull, Taurus. The star is in the V-shaped open star cluster, the Hyades, imaged to be the head of the bull. The cluster is one of the nearest ones to Earth, a mere 150 light years away from the Hub. Compare the red hues of Mars and Aldebaran.

For me the highlight of the evening would be bagging a comet. Those Irregulars attending with telescopes should attempt to observe comet C/2022 E3 (ZTF) that is brightening, currently at +5.8 magnitude and should be visible in telescope of 3″ aperture or greater diameter. It will be in the north, approx. 30 deg above the horizon, in Draco, between Ursa Major and Ursa Minor.

With Winter comes colder temperatures and as we shall be standing on the cafe terrace at the Hub without much movement we need to wear sensible warm clothes and headwear to our meeting.

Details

Date:
25 January 2023
Time:
6:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Cost:
Free
Event Category:
Website:
https://www.bakerstreetastro.org/meetings/

Organiser

The Baker Street Irregular Astronomers
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Venue

The Hub
Regent's Park Rd
London, NW1 4NU United Kingdom
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