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Below is a short video taken of the Partial Eclipse of March 2015, shot from Woodlands View. The video is composed from stills taken with a digital SLR, through a 200mm lens and solar observing film.


We have also updated the 'Eclipse' section of the sun page with a still image taken at around the maximum coverage. Link here.


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We have had some beautiful weather over the Easter period. Blue skies with fluffy white cumulus clouds during the day (with some high cirrostratus clouds producing sundogs at the end of one afternoon) and stunningly clear starry skies at night. 

After a hard day at Woodlands View, Wal and I were able to take a wander next door to the @stronomy Centre to have a look at the planet Mars through one ofthe 16” telescopes. Mars is at opposition at the moment, so it was great to have a closer look at this lovely red world. We couldn’t see any ice caps at the poles but we did see a darker area on the planet. Although the view was a bit wobbly due to heat haze from the surrounding hills, there were instances when the image steadied into perfect focus. Mars is well worth a look, even through a small telescope or binoculars. 

Mars is of great interest to our friend John Keegan (a.k.a Katharode). He hangs out online at PlanetFOUR. PlanetFOUR is one of the many Zooniverse projects - "a citizen science project designed to help planetary scientists identify and measure features on the surface of Mars . . . the likes of which don’t exist on Earth. All of the images on this site depict the southern polar region, an area of Mars that we know little about, and the majority of which have never been seen by human eyes before.”  By improving their understanding of these features, scientists can gauge the weather systems better which will be of great importance to humans when they come to land on the planet sometime in the future.

Kitharode has been involved in the project since it launched over a year ago, and is one of the moderators on the site. He is very interested in the ‘Spiders of Mars’ and other features such as 'fans', 'blobs' and 'yardangs'. He was telling us about the long dark tracks formed by dust devils on the surface of Mars.  Apparently these windy swirls can be hundreds of meters across and several miles high! Astonishing. Mars is a very interesting, dynamic place with plenty of opportunities to make new and exciting discoveries. Kitharode has given us many fascinating insights to this alien world with its high winds, enormous mountains and changeable icecaps. One day, when Woodlands View finally opens, he will be able to share his enthusiasm for the red planet with everyone.

Hours of Fun!

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Our first proper blog post I suppose.

We have added a map showing our location to the About Us Article  (located in the Main Menu) and also a rather nice animated orrery (Solar System model) to the Planets Article (located in The Sky menu).


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