On 15th December 2015, British astronaut Tim Peake was launched to the International Space Station, whilst a new 16 inch Meade telescope has now been fitted to the observatory on the Astrocampus!
In September, York participated in a mega event taking place in 300 cities across Europe called 'YorNight' to celebrate scientific research. A final year BSc students are using an observatory based in Spain remotely to observe variable stars!
The Big Telescope Exhibition in June was a great success - with almost 2000 people joining us on campus! On September 28th a total lunar eclipse was also observed - turning the moon red!
The solar eclipse on 20th March was observed by over 150 people on the Astrocampus with much excitement. Further education opportunities with the Postgraduate Diploma in Astronomy launching at the Centre for Lifelong Learning at the University of York!
British Science Week and BBC Stargazing Live run from 16th to 22nd March and amongst all the celebrations, Astrocampus turns one year old! Happy Birthday, Astrocampus!
The first months of the year are a busy time for the Astrocampus. The early darkness provides a perfect opportunity to get outside and start looking up.
It is lovely to see the lights come out for the holiday season. Of course the long winter nights are also a great time to see the natural lights in the sky as well!
We may be missing our students but summer is still lots of fun when you have new toys! We are just finishing the installation of a new radio telescope which will scan the skies looking for hydrogen and methanol.
Yellow is the colour theme for York for the next couple of months- and the day and night sky is no different! In June we have the longest day, the solstice.