Astronomy for Everyone
Next Meeting, Friday 12 Jan

William Herschel and the Rings of Uranus

by Dr Stuart Eves
Lead Mission Concepts Engineer at Astrium

See: Monthly Meetings for the details. 


New comet - C1 2014 E2 Jacques!! -- by Gary Walker

On the night of August 17th-18th, I saw the comet extreamly close to a relativly bright star at c.11.15pm.  I looked again later, and it seemed to be "above" the star, so I thought that I'd made a mistake!  However, then it dawned on me that it may be close enough to the Earth, so moving fast for it's movement to be visible over a short period of time!  Subsequant observations over the next hour or so, proved me correct!  Over the 2 hour period that I observed it, I estimated it to have moved

Read more in Janus

New Supernova in M82 - by Gary Walker

After hearing about a new supernova in the galaxy M82, from the "Spaceweather" site (it was even reported on the BBC News!), I went out to see it on the night of January 23rd-24th. I observed the supernova through my 8" SCT.
The supernova was fairly bright (it has been listed on "Spaceweather" site as magnitude 11.2), and I could see it in M82, but was better seen with averted vision (the glow of the galaxy itself may have made it slightly harder to see).
It was situated near the Southern end of M82 (at the time, M82 was orientated N-S and was high in the NE.)  I will keep watch over the coming nights!
This is the first Supernova that I've ever seen (although I saw a Nova in Delphinus, last year).

Annual General Meeting 2013

see :  CHAIRMAN 2013.pdf

Treasurers report 2013
see : Treasurers report 2013.pdf
see : 2013accounts.pdf

Ewell Astro Quiz Answers
see : Quiz 2013 Answers

Janus Update for Nov 2013

Two Comets for the price of one!
- by Gary Walker
Another update from Gary: "In all, this year, I have now seen a total of 4 comets (PanStarrs, Lemon, ISON and Lovejoy), which is a record for me!".
See: Societies Online Newsletter and Members Blogs.
How I got started in Astronomy - by Gary Walker
This is a wonderful contribution our online newsletter.
See: Societies Online Newsletter and Members Blogs.
Gallery Update

Another impressive set of photographs from Maurice Gavin, See the Gallery for more photographs.

Nonsuch Astronomy!

A new local astronomy website and blog spot

School right-hand car park is closed 

Please use the left-hand car park and main school entrance instead.  Please see How to find us for more details.

No First Friday of the month viewing 

The school telescope has broken down. Therefore, until it is repaired, the viewings on the first Friday of each month have been cancelled until further notice.

Astronomical Video

Shown at Jan meeting - by Maurice Gavin

Deep Sky imaging blitz

Prof Ian Morison
 is our new Patron

Prof Ian Morison has kindly agreed to be the Patron of Ewell Astronomical Society, which is such good news. He was honoured and delighted at being asked.


photographs from Maurice Gavin, See the Janus for more photographs.