a casual take on astronomical meet-ups, our occasional PopUp Astronomy Club takes place (a) when there’s something good to see (b) the sky is clear (c) we’re available. we’re based in Hackney, so most of our events will be too
10-14 November 2013
we’re gonna be getting up real early to look for not one, but four comets in the morning skies: C/2012 S1 (ISON), C/2013 R1 (Lovejoy), C/2012 X1 (LINEAR) and 2P/Encke
latest update: the weather is looking perfect for an early-morning viewing session on Wednesday 13 November 2013. we’ll be meeting outside the Shacklewell Arms pub (71 Shacklewell Lane, Hackney, E8 2EB) at 5am sharp
besides this incredibly rare chance to see four comets in one morning, we’ll try to spot Mars and will definitely see Jupiter and its moons. if we’re lucky we may also see Mercury and the Orion Nebula
please RSVP if you’re planning to come along so we don’t forget you!
at the moment we have a pair of 10×50 binoculars on a tripod and a 90mm Maksutov-Cassegrain on a star-tracking mount – good enough to see lunar craters, the rings of Saturn, the moons of Jupiter and much more. we’ll also be tracking satellites and the space station, and watching one-off events like eclipses and meteor showers. if you’d like to donate, loan or bring down your own equipment please get in touch!
the sky above London right now
about our logo: the little graphic we use is an adaptation of the plaque in Westminster Abbey commemorating Edmond Halley, who was born in Haggerston and went on to predict the return of the comet that bears his name. used with kind permission of the artist, Richard Kindersley