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Special Event 16th June 2018

Cheshire College South & West Logo
Cheshire College South and West - Community Day Banner 2018

SCASTRO will be exhibitting, with other varied organisations, at Cheshire College South & West's Community Day.

The College event organisers say: Come along to our Community Day at our Crewe Campus. Here, we open the College doors to families across the region to experience a whole host of entertainment on offer. The free event will take place 11am – 3pm – we look forward to seeing you then! There will be a variety of food available on the day, including offerings from our award-winning Academy Restaurant and Deli.


NOTE: The college was previously South Cheshire College and is situated in Dane Bank Avenue, Crewe.

For latest details see:

[Notice 1st posted: 29/05/2018]

Special Events 18th, 20th, 23rd June 2018



Sandbach Library - Festival of Learning Week, `8-23 June


View of Sandbach Library

Festival of Learning Week, 18-23 June

Events Details Quoted from Sanbach Library Website

During the week there will be a display by South Cheshire Astronomical Society. The society will be holding a free drop-in session on Monday 18 June between 10.00am and 12.30pm, with members on hand to talk about astronomy, the planets and stars.

On Wednesday 20 June at 6.30-7.30pm we are hosting a free talk, Introduction to Astronomy and the Planets.

On Saturday 23 June, Saturday is Sun Day. We are celebrating International Sun Day one day early with a free drop-in session between 10.00am and 12.30pm. An opportunity to view the sun and its atmosphere safely with a solarscope.

For latest details see: Sandbach Library

[Notice 1st posted: 30/05/2018]; [Updated: 05/06/2018 17:20]

Special Event 21st July 2018



Nantwich Town Council's - Societies Spectacular


Nantwich Societies Spectacular - Poster

Events Details Quoted from Nantwich Town Council Website

Societies Spectacular: Saturday 21st July 2018, the town is expected to be packed with people showing an interest in what activities the clubs, societies, and groups in the town have to offer! Organised by the Town Council the event welcomes around 30 organisations in the square between 10am and 2pm, with activities and demonstrations as diverse as photography, amateur dramatics, arts and crafts, fitness and cinema.

For latest details see: Societies Spectacular | Nantwich Town Council


SCASTRO will be there, ready to chat with anyone who is interested in astronomy; and with equipment to safely view our nearest star : the sun.

[Notice 1st posted: 30/05/2018]

External Event: Sunday 24th June 2018

International SUNday

NSAS LogoKeele Logo

Solar Scope

Keele Observatory and the North Staffordshire Astronomical Society welcome you to a day of solar observation and other activities at the observatory, on International SUNday 24 June between 11am and 3pm.

If you do have a telescope with a solar filter and wish to help out, please bring it along. That would be greatly appreciated.

Free entry, and no booking required..

See NSAS Event Info

See Keele Event Info

Item 1st posted: 29/04/2018 20:47

Item 1st posted: 16/10/2017 23:04

Neutron Stars Collision - 1st Ever Observation by both Gravitational Waves and by Light

First BBC announcement 16th October 2017

Credit: National Geographic
For details follow these links:



Solar Eclipse

Full Solar Eclipse in the USA, which took place on

21st August 2017

_____ . ____________ . _____

Congratulations NASA for bringing to the world the spectacle of a myriad eclipses, from multiple perspectives, as the moon's shadow crossed the United States of America and beyond.
It was a true celebration of public and science specialist participation.

_____ . ____________ . _____

For those who would like to see some of the wonderful images captured then search the web for [Solar Eclipse 2017] and particularly for [Solar Eclipse 2017 NASA]. Here are a couple of examples:
NASA on Google
Eclipses and Transits | NASA


Item 1st posted: 14/08/2017
last updated: 22/08/2017 12:32


Network for Meteor

Triangulation and Orbit Determination

As described by one of our SCASTRO founders, William Stewart, in his talk to us
'Shooting while you Sleep - Modern Methods for Detecting and Analysing Meteors'
on 24th April 2014

Link to for detailed NEMETODE information.

See also William's article in the May 2014 issue of the Astronomy Now magazine/journal

Public Keele Observatory Events

at Keele University

Link to Keele Observatory for Details

Transit of Mercury - Monday 9th May 2016

Now Past - a very enjoyable event

from 12:12 noon till 7:42pm BST

Transit of Mercury

Composite Image Sources: SCASTRO graphic of transit stages
+ pictures taken by
SCASTRO member Bill Clutton at the 2015 Solar Eclipse

For an animated preview see:
Transit of Mercury on May 9, 2016 - YouTube

and for detailed information see:
Transit of Mercury 1327.PDF

Weather permitting SCASTRO members will be popping in, or staying, to observe the spectacle and, as with the solar eclipse event last year, we hope a few children with their teachers will be there too.

As well as members, those who have attended our meetings and /or have been invited through our contacts list, are welcome too, together with their family and friends (including children). Note children under 16 must be accompanied by a resposible adult.