Astronomical society on Jupiter lookout

The planet Jupiter can be seen as the bright star above and right of the cross in this photo taken from Cowper's Cross on Ilkley Moor in January. Picture by Bruce Rollinson.
The planet Jupiter can be seen as the bright star above and right of the cross in this photo taken from Cowper's Cross on Ilkley Moor in January. Picture by Bruce Rollinson.

Stargazers will have the chance to see the largest planet in the solar system from Earby tomorrow night.

The Earby Astronomical Society will be at Earby Football Ground in Hill Top Lane between 7pm and 8-30pm hoping to catch a glimpse of Jupiter through telescopes.

There will also be tours of the night sky showing people where to find the Plough and North Star together with Orion and the other bright stars on display in March.

Founder of the society, Martin Lunn MBE FRAS, has organised the evening to coincide with the BBC Stargazing Live programme due to be broadcast between Wednesday and Friday.

Tomorrow night’s event is for anybody interested young or old and there will also be people on hand advising how to observe the partial eclipse of the sun on Friday.

Mr Lunn said: “There’s a possibility. We have an area of high pressure on Tuesday and Wednesday so hopefully we will have a chance to see it.

“Jupiter is in the south of the sky at the moment. It’s really nice to look at through a telescope and I’m hoping some of its moons discovered by Galileo in 1610 are visible too.

“The group is going really well. We’ve been going over two years now and regular get 20 to 30 people to meetings. Sometimes I speak, other times there are guest speakers.

“We’re quite social society in Earby and involve the community.”

The event is free but people are advised to wear warm clothes and bring a flask as the weather can be cool during March evenings.

For further details about the event or society, call Mr Lunn on 07969 945413.