The September Night Sky

New Moon: 9th September. Full Moon: 25th. September. Autumnal Equinox; 23rd September. Autumn begins. If you are quick you might be able to see Mercury shortly after sunset, you have until mid-month before it disappears from view. On the 2nd it reaches its closest approach to the Sun known as perihelion. On the same day […]

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The Night Sky in August.

New Moon: 11th August. Full Moon: 26th August. This month sees the Perseid meteor shower, one of the best showers to experience! The shower began in July and peaks around the 13th so the moon will not make it harder to see feint meteors. The shower is made from remnants of comet Swift-Tuttle and can […]

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The Night Sky for June 2018

New moon; 13th June. Full moon; 28th June. Summer Solstice; 21st June. Summertime begins. Longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere, and the shortest day in the southern hemisphere. Mercury appears as an evening object mid-month. Around the 15th   it is visible low in the west for an hour after sunset. By the […]

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The May Night Sky.

New moon: 15th. May. Full moon: 29Th. May. Venus is a brilliant evening object brightening slightly from magnitude -3.9 to -4.0 over the month. On the 15th it reaches perihelion; the closest point in its orbit to the Sun. On the 17th the crescent moon will be nearby and provide a lovely sight. Jupiter is […]

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The April Night Sky.

New Moon: 16th April, Full Moon: 30th April. This month Mercury is a morning object; it rises a little before dawn and will be difficult to see as it is low to the horizon. On the 14th the waning crescent moon is to the south of the planet. Venus is a lovely object in the […]

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The March Night Sky.

Full Moon: 2nd. and 31st. March. New Moon: 17th. 20th. March is the Vernal (Spring) Equinox. 25th. March Clocks go forward one hour. This will be the best month of the year to see Mercury. The elusive world is an evening object shining at magnitude -1.0. On the 4th it is just 1.1° north of […]

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February Night Sky

New Moon: 15th. February. February is an unusual month as it contains a ‘black moon.’ The moon isn’t really black there is no Full moon at all this month, instead there are two full moons in January and March. This phenomenon happens once every twenty years, so enjoy! Mars lies low in the south east […]

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