BASIL November 2023

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BASIL November 2023

The front cover of BASIL shows the 'COME STARGAZING with the Bristol Astronomical Society' invitation for public observing sessions, with the scheduled dates in November.

Observing highlights of the month include:

  • 3 Nov - Jupiter reaches opposition.
  •  9 Nov - a rare daylight lunar occultation of Venus (see p18).
  • 10 Nov - excellent transit of Ganymede and its shadow from 17:15 UT.
  • 13 Nov - Uranus reaches opposition.
  • 17/18 Nov - Leonid meteor shower peak (favourable).
  • 27 Nov - close approach of the Moon and M45.
  • Constellation of the month is Taurus, which is well placed for observing (see p21).

21 observing targets for the month are listed and more details are given for the following targets:

  • Open Cluster M52 in Cygnus.
  • Planetary Nebula NGC 7662 (Blue Snowball) in Andromeda.
  • Open Cluster M103 in Cassiopeia.
  • Planetary Nebula M76 (Little Dumbbell) in Perseus.

Members' recent astro images are shown on p20:

  • The Crescent Nebula (NGC 6888) in Cygnus, by David Bennett.
  • Jupiter and GRS, and Saturn, by Chris Lee.

Monthly opportunities to get involved in Society run observing sessions at our Observatory in Failand are included on p3 (Friday evening members observing night at Failand) and the front cover (scheduled public observing sessions).

Society News gives details of the remaining 2023 programme of talks and events up to the end of the year and photos from our recent Telescope Surgery held at Unit 13.

BASIL November 2023

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