Published On: Mon, Mar 17th, 2014 on 3:07 pm

Astronomy courses a success at the Huddersfield observatory

Huddersfield Observatory

The original foundation of the observatory was first used in WW2

Huddersfield Observatory

Over 5,000 people have visited the observatory in the past 10 years

Huddersfield Observatory

Robert Williams, the President of HAPS and the observatory director

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Space enthusiasts have been busy observing the cosmos as part of a beginner’s astronomy course held to give people an insight into space and all its wonders.

Course participants have been learning about the solar system, star formations, constellations and even astrophotography in a course that takes place during the winter months.

Practical sessions have also been held at the Huddersfield observatory, located off Blackmoorfoot Road, giving participants an insight into telescopes and how to conduct their own observations.

It comes as one of the various programmes hosted by the Huddersfield Astronomical And Philosophical Society (HAPS), who also run and maintain the Huddersfield observatory.

Robert Williams, the President of HAPS and observatory director, told the Yorkshire Standard: “We share knowledge on what’s in our solar system, how constellations are formed in the sky and hold observatory visits.

“Each clear night, we see something different, and the feedback we get is very positive. People all like to come back.”

Formed in 1968, the volunteer-run society holds regular meetings, observing sessions and members also arrange to visit schools, scout groups and other organisations to give talks and demonstrations.

Through a range of activities and events, the society encourages people of all ages to learn more about astronomy and what lies beyond the earth.

Last week, the society held an Open Week and even though weather was relatively poor on occasions, observers managed to spot the International Space Station (ISS), meteor showers and close-ups of the moon and Jupiter.

The current beginner’s course is coming to a finish on 19 March and the next course will begin on 15 October this year. Bookings are already being taken.

For more information about the HAPS or find out more about its programme, please visit www.huddersfieldastronomy.org. You can also find the society on Twitter @huddastro.

About the Author

Hasan Faridi

- Hasan is the founder and editor-in chief of the Yorkshire Standard. A BA Hons graduate from the University of Huddersfield, he has over four years of experience in newspapers, magazines and radio.

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