The radiant lies about halfway between the end of the handle of the Plough (or Eta UMa) and the head of Draco. The radiant will be rising in the NNE and then NE.
Moonlight will be a slight a problem this year: it won't rise until around local midnight, but that's when most of the shower activity should be starting: It's gibbous, but just approaching LQ, with a phase of 63%.
Astronomy: Our place in the Universe
Looking to the sky for the first time you may feel overwhelmed and confused by the spectacle of thousands of stars above your head. Astronomy is a great gateway science that can inspire you to do great things! Participants will gain enjoyment from exploring the wonders of the night sky. The topics covered include Greek mythology, Egyptian and Babylonian cosmology, Astrobiology, Quantum Physics, Terrestrial and Jovian planets and Solar System to help us understand our place in the cosmos. This is a great way for the community to come together and take a fresh look at our night sky.....it belongs to us all. No experience necessary and questions encouraged!
Tutor: Terry Moseley, Time: 7.00pm - 9.00pm
Session 1: Tuesdays, 5 weeks; dates: 19th February 2013 – 19th March 2013
Location: Central Building.
Session 2: Tuesdays, 5 weeks. Time: 7.00pm - 9.00pm. Dates: 9th April 2013 – 7th May 2013. Location: Central Building
There will also be a daytime visit to Armagh Observatory and Planetarium, provisionally on 17 May.
Full details and booking at: http://www.stran.ac.uk/informationabout/courses/professionaldevelopmentlifelonglearning/