New- Star Chart For Cayman

A new feature as of June 2015 has been added - look at the bottom of this web page and there is a new Star Chart exclusively for Grand Cayman

Cayman Islands Astronomical Society News - Dates for the AGM and next Public Meeting At St Pedros Castle

Hi All
Lets start on a positive note: I always enjoy the sky AFTER its rained as much of the dust has been cleared out of the air and night-time visibility is much improved!
The meeting of the next AGM is on Thursday May 29th at 7:00 PM  at the UCCI Observatory
Please come and make the Society happen. If you cant attend and are interested in helping out please let me know beforehand.
The meeting will be brief and will adjourn to Sunset Bar
The next meeting open to the General Public is now set for 7:30 PM  Monday 2nd June at  St Pedro's Castle. We are expecting a good turn out as Savannah Primary School are also coming,
As always the weather will decide on  the fate of the meeting- if more than 50 percent cloudy or indeed if its raining the meeting will be cancelled. If in doubt please phone me (don't text) on 925 7657 at 7:00 PM
To join the Society it costs only 25 CI and goes towards the upgrade and maintenance of the telescopes we use.
And a final note on meteor showers. These are fickle enough events as many of you remembered this month and as soon as forecasts of their numbers and visibility are set in print they seem doomed to actually happen.  I mention this because of recent news on a predicted  meteor storm from the break up of Comet 209P/LINEAR due on the night of May 23-24 . Best times are estimated between 1 and 3 AM but the radiant  is in the constellation of Camelopardalis which  is pretty close to the Pole Star. So look North
As we all know in Cayman the Pole Star is only 20 degrees off the horizon so I will probably stay in bed. However I could be spectacularly wrong! Below is a star map showing  the constellation
So best of luck and  clear skies everyone!

The constellation Camelopardalis is far to the north on the sky's dome, close to the north celestial pole.  It's the radiant point of the possible meteor shower from Comet 209P/LINEAR.  Chart via Wikimedia Commons.

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