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The Journal of the British Astronomical Association, 2015 February

Volume 125, Number 1

Full details of the March 20 solar eclipse as seen from the British Isles, a lunar graze observed by a local astronomical society, and some historical guesswork on the hidden side of the Moon. Log in or join the BAA today to view this journal online. A full list of contents is also available. Selected highlights from this Journal:

Refereed Papers

Reflecting the candle: 124 years of the Journal of the BAA
In her 2014 Presidential Address, Hazel McGee describes the story of the Journal of the BAA, and introduces some of the editors who have guided the publication through its first 124 years.
Hazel McGee
Eta Aquarids 2013 − Dual-station meteor videography
NEMETODE, a network of low-light video cameras in Cheshire and West Yorkshire operated by members of the BAA Meteor Section, monitors the activity of meteor showers, enabling the precision measurement of radiant positions and, from the best quality data, the altitudes and geocentric velocities of meteors and their solar system orbits. The results from dual-station observations of the 2013 eta Aquarid shower are presented and discussed.
Alex R. Pratt & William Stewart
The Revd Walter Bidlake of Crewe and Espin’s ‘dark nebulae’
The Revd Walter Bidlake was vicar of Crewe in Cheshire for some 21 years at the start of the 20th century. He was a keen amateur astronomer with an interest in celestial photography, and took photographs of the night sky in support of T. H. E. C. Espin’s search for dark nebulae in the Milky Way. This paper describes Bidlake’s astronomical activities and life, including a high profile libel case he brought.
Jeremy Shears
Before Lunik: Imagination and the other side of the Moon
A brief history of the Hansen hypothesis, its effect on the literary imagination, and a short account of some pre-Lunik conjectures about the physiography of the Moon’s far side.
Richard Baum
The brighter comets of 2003
This report is the first of a new series that will describe and analyse observations of the brighter or more interesting comets discovered or at perihelion during the year.
Jonathan Shanklin