Perseid Meteor Shower

Live view from Norman Lockyer Observatory

One of the most pleasant treats on a warm summer night is to lie out under a starry sky and try to see a few shooting stars, or meteors. Luckily, right now is a great time to try to see meteors in the night sky.

Any night this week you will have a good chance of seeing the annual Perseid meteor shower. These objects are tiny bits of rock and debris from an old comet, which is named Swift-Tuttle after the astronomers who discovered it in 1862.

Every year in early August, Earth passes through the comet Swift-Tuttle’s orbit and sweeps up some of this debris. As the tiny rocks encounter the thin upper atmosphere of the Earth, the air is heated to incandescence and we see a rapid streak of light.

All you need to see the meteors is a clear night and look up!

The peak viewing times will be in the mornings of 11, 12 and 13 August.

August Newsletter

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19th ANNUAL MINI RALLY/JUNK NIGHT FRIDAY 10th AUGUST 2012

19th ANNUAL MINI RALLY/JUNK NIGHT
FRIDAY 10th AUGUST 2012
Bring along your own “junk” and sell it yourself. Tables on a First Come, First Served Basis
Time: 1830 till 2130
Location: Cockenzie & Port Seton Community Centre (Main Hall) Disabled access available
Entry: £2 ALL PERSONS
Raffle @ 21:00, Food & Drink Available
 
If any one would like to donate any prizes for the raffle or food towards the catering it will be more than appreciated.

 

CLUB NIGHT – THIS FRIDAY 3rd AUGUST

REMEMBER it is club night on
Friday 3rd August

At the usual place. It is the eighth of 2012 so let’s make this another bumper club attendance.It will be fantastic to see you all, regulars, new faces and those who have not been for a while, at club night and show that you are still supporting our great club ……

Thorntree INN, (Lounge Bar), High Street, Cockenzie, Port Seton.

From 19:00 till late……………….

RSGB IOTA Contest 2012

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CPSARC will be taking part in the RSGB IOTA Contest on 28/29 July from the Island of Tiree in the Inner Hebrides (EU-008).

This is a massive logistical excercise for the team, to transport equipment, aerials, towers and personnel to an island 4.5 hours sail from Oban.

We are looking forward to re-aquainting ourselves with our friends on the Island and are also looking forward to some fine weather and great operating conditions.

Please look out for GM2T during the contest.

RSGB VHF Field Day

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The club will be taking part in the RSGB VHF Field Day 2012 from their site near Castle Douglas [IO84BT] using the callsign MM0CPS/P.

The contest runs from 14:00 UTC on Saturday 7 July 2102 to 14:00 UTC on Sunday 8 July 2012.

They will be active on 6m, 4m, 2m and 70cm

Please listen out for the team if you can’t join them.

The window below will show any live DX Cluster spots