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West Yorkshire Astronomical Society

 Registered Charity (Charity Number 508313)

It's the largest orbiting laboratory ever built, it weighs 925,000 pounds and is the equivalent to more than 330 automobiles... what is it ?

Yes, it's the ' International Space Station '
It orbits between ‪230-286‬ miles above the earth, and took years to assemble with the help of 5 international partners.

So why not come down to the West Yorkshire Astronomical Society (WYAS) Observatory this Tuesday 16th July 2019 at Carleton Road, Pontefract WF8 3RJ and experience a remarkable video production ' filmed by actual cosmonauts and astronauts' about how this wonderful laboratory was put together, and WYAS members will be available to answer your questions.

The event will start at around 19-45hrs and will finish around 21-00 hrs.
Hope to see you there.
Visitor fee £4.00, accompanied under 16s free


Tuesday 23 July 2019, 7:15pm 9.00pm.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing our chairman, Colin Daley will be giving a talk entitled “The story of Apollo, how we got there”.


Friday 26th July from 18:30pm - 20:30pm.

The Rosse Observatory Pontefract will be hosting a young astronomer’s night, If your child has an interest in astronomy or wants to learn about astronomy then we are dedicating one night every month for them to come and meet others and learn about our night sky. A snack will be provided along with some fun activities. All children must be accompanied by an adult and the cost is £4 per child.


Tuesday 30th July 2019, 7:15pm.

Radio Astronomy

We would like to welcome Mr Andy Skipole from Todmorden Astronomy Centre, who will be presenting a talk on Radio astronomy, followed by a practical demonstration of building a meteorite detector.

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Come and join us for a friendly evening of chat, Tea, Coffee and Cakes.


 Our esteemed editor has asked that if any member has articles for the Phobos magazine, could they please forward them to him. 


 STELLARIUM - Probably the best free planetarium program around! 




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Do you use Amazon?
You can now ask them to donate to WYAS through their Smile Charity donation scheme.
Just click this link to see more.




Thanks to Eric Wiley for the donation to the

StarGazing Live raffle.


Fancy building a telescope from scratch?

Or how about a cardboard steam engine!

Have a go at a cardboard newtonian.





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