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Wednesday, June 16

June CAS Meeting

The June Cockermouth Astronomy Society meeting will be held on Tuesday 29th June 2010 at the usual venue (St Joseph's Church Hall, Cockermouth) at 7.30pm.

We have a guest speaker this month, Ryan Hickox who will be talking about:

Supermassive Blackholes & The Growth of Galaxies

All are welcome, so pass the word to your friends and family.


Sunday, June 13

Comet C/2009 R1 McNaught

If you can manage to stay awake until about 1am and have a clear North horizon, then you might just manage to glimpse the rapidly moving Comet McNaught c/2009 R1. It is brightening nicely, currently at Mag 6.3 but expected to brighten to Mag 3.0 by the end of the month.

There is a nicely developing tail visible in long exposure images.


Check out this great time lapse video of the comet "passing by" a galaxy:


Of course you'll be battling the twilight so I suspect it'll be quite a challenge.

Clear skies are predicted for most of next week, so have a go and report your observations at the next CAS meeting (June 29th) or bring along your photos.


Monday, June 7

Telescope for sale

I have recently been contaced by someone locally who has a telescope for sale. The scope is a Celestron NexStar GT80 which I'm told is in good condition and still in its original box. If anyone is interested please contact me and I will pass on the seller's details.