U3A Oliva

Astronomy Group

Group Leader: James I

Deputy Group Leader:

Email: astronomy@u3aoliva.org

When: Thursday 4:00-5:00 on the 2nd and 4th weeks of the month

Where: C.P.C. (Centro De Participación Ciudadana Pinet), c/ Eras de Juan, Oliva – map here.

Numbers Max: 10 + tutor

If you would like more details or to be to be an active participant in the group, please contact the leader via the email above.

Current Information:

Welcome to the new U3A 2021-22 year!

The first two sessions of the Astronomy group will be on Thursday 11 and 25 October at the C.P.C.

If you are interested in joining the group, please email the Group Leader, James.

For information on astronomy, please see below.

About Our Group

Astronomy is the study of celestial objects (such as stars, planets, comets, and galaxies) and phenomena that originate outside the Earth’s atmosphere.

We will start with the basics – even just using our eyes to identify the planets and basic constellations, before moving on to the deeper stuff.

No equipment is necessary, a pair of binoculars will allow you to see new many interesting objects!


‘That’s one small step for (a) man one giant leap for mankind.  Neil Armstrong

‘Been there, done that’.  B. Aldrin.

Some interesting information~

In the early evening it is possible to locate the elusive planet Mercury which is currently positioned far below the brilliant planet Venus in the WSW. 

The later evening sky is now dominated by the bright winter constellations of Orion, Canis Major, and Taurus. These constellations are home to many interesting stars and star clusters, which are visible to the users of binoculars. The constellation Orion represents a Hunter and it is possible to view the Orion Nebula below the 3 “Belt stars”. The bright orange coloured star which marks Orion’s right shoulder is in the news as it may explode soon! The constellation Taurus is home to star clusters The Hyades and the Pleiades are interesting to view using binoculars. The constellation Canis Major, “The Greater Dog” is home to Sirius, brightest star in the evening sky. The stars of “Orion’s Belt” point directly to it and as it rises it flashes and twinkles many colours. Sirius is a nearby star just 8.6 light years distant and it has an unseen “white dwarf” companion which was worshipped by the Dogon Tribe!