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Toothill open next on November 7 & 8 at 19:30 for Uranus and Neptune

Science News

As climate change continues to hammer Arctic sea ice, pushing back its summertime boundaries to record-high latitudes, NASA is flying an innovative airborne mission to find out how these developments will affect worldwide weather.




NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has found strong evidence of geologically young volcanic activity on the moon. Some deposits appear to be less than 100 million years old, corresponding to Earth's Cretaceous period, the heyday of dinosaurs.



NASA's MAVEN spacecraft has reached Mars and it is beaming back "First Light" images of the Red Planet's upper atmosphere. The data could help researchers understand what transformed Mars from a hospitable planet billions of years ago into a desiccated wasteland today.




NASA spacecraft and rovers are gearing up to observe a once-in-a-lifetime comet flyby of Mars on Sunday, Oct. 19.




According to a new study of satellite data, the largest concentration of methane over the USA is located in a single 'hot spot' near the Four Corners intersection of Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah. As revealed from Earth orbit, the concentration of this greenhouse gas more than triples standard ground-based estimates.



Following the sudden closure of Eastpoint we have found a new location for our meetings with effect from February 18th at..........

OASIS Academy, Romsey Road, Lordshill, Southampton SO16 8FA (SatNav ref  SO16 0XN)
Our meeting room will be G3 on the ground floor. The reception desk staff will direct you.
Parking is approached from Redbridge Lane off Romsey Road. The third entry on your left is the main car park (often full). The fourth entry is the overflow car park which is usually an easier option. A short footpath beside the tennis courts leads to the main entrance.
If you are in touch with any of our visitors or guests, please tell them about our new venue.
We look forward to seeing you there at the usual time of 7.30pm.


Sky Diary updated for 2015






Solent Amateur Astronomers meet on the third Tuesday of each month at the Oasis Academy Lordshill. At these meetings we have a guest speaker to give us a talk on their specialist subject. The October meeting is our A.G.M..

We run an observatory just outside Southampton at Toothill. Our observatory which is located on a Southern Water reservoir site has a 14 inch Meade. 

If you run any sort of of group or club, private visits to the observatory can be arranged and tailored to your needs. In the past we have had the whole range of girls clubs from the Rainbows and Brownies to the Guides and the Rangers. Boys groups including the Beavers, Cubs and Scouts. Plus various W.I.'s and the National Womens Register of Chandlers Ford. If you would like to arrange a visit, email me on the link below and we can take it from there, alternatively, you may wish to call me on 079 8990 4575.


Check out the What's On page for the latest events.



I have been a member of Solent Amateur Astronomers since 1989. Although I like to observe deep sky objects and the planets, (Jupiter has always been my favourite). My other interests are artificial satellites and astrophotography although I'm not now so active in that area as I would like to be. The original  site was launched on 21st October 2000 and has undergone a number of changes since then but you can still find a schedule of club events and the skydiary.


Toothill Status 


Check here in the run up to our open evenings whether we will open or not.



Friday 7th. Forecast, . 


Saturday 8th. Forecast, .

Southampton Weather


Opening subject to the weather. Call 079 8990 4575 from opening time for the latest.

Withheld numbers no longer answered.


This document is maintained by Pete Cutler.
Material Copyright 2007 Pete Cutler


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The map images are courtesy of Derek Haselden whom I would like to thank, plus one other for testing this site before publishing.

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