BASIL December 2022

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BASIL December 2022

The front cover of BASIL celebrates the 80th anniversary of the Bristol Astronomical Society, showing the announcement in the Bristol Evening Post of 2 December 1942.  Our first meeting was held in Cotham on 8 December 1942.

Predicted solar activity, solar cycle progression, lunar phases and events, solar system finder charts and rise / set times are reported for December.

Also included is the monthly observing calendar, highlights of the December night sky, observable comets and asteroids, and the calendar of astronomical events for December.

There is an occultation of Mars by the Moon on 8 December - see page 19.

Constellation of the month is Andromeda, which is well-placed for observing the constellation's stars and DSO (Deep Sky Objects), including the galaxies Messier 31 and the nearby M33 in the Triangulum constellation.

Visible transits of the ISS for December are listed.

23 observing targets for the month are provided, with more details given for:

  • M45 (the Pleiades Open Cluster in Taurus)
  • Caldwell 41 (the Hyades Open Cluster in Taurus)
  • NGC 7662 (the Blue Snowball Planetary Nebula in Andromeda)
  • Almach (a colourful Double Star in Andromeda)
  • M33 (the Triangulum Galaxy in the Triangulum constellation)

Society News provides details of the 2022/23 programme of talks and an invitation to attend the Society's 80th anniversary celebration on 8th December 2022.

BASIL December 2022

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