Observing Highlights for 2016

Observing Highlights for 2016

Every calendar year brings up different events for astronomers to observe and image, a variety that helps keep astronomical observing interesting and fresh. This year’s headline act will be a transit of the planet Mercury across the face of the Sun on the 9th of May, but there are plenty of other things to look out for too. Pete will describe some of his 2016 observing highlights. Using the benefit of his experience, he’ll present how to observe and image them, while avoiding some of the pitfalls that spoil the show. 

About PETE LAwrence

Pete Lawrence has been into astronomy since he was a small boy, starting his journey through the Universe with a small 40mm refracting telescope. In his teens he built his own telescope, grinding a 222mm parabolic mirror. 
He went on to study Physics with Astrophysics at the University of Leicester but never gave up on actually observing at the eyepiece. Pete has presented on the BBC’s Sky at Night since 2005 and writes the majority of the Sky Guide section for Sky at Night Magazine. He works with the Stargazing Live team as a consultant, and appeared with Liz Bonin in 2014, chasing the Aurora Borealis from Tromso, Norway. He’s a highly respected astrophotographer, specialising in time specific events. In 2014, Pete was awarded the Royal Photographic Society’s Davies Medal, given for a significant contribution in the field of digital imaging science.