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 […]Read More The March Night Sky.
We know that eventually the Sun will become a red giant. What then will the Sun look like? In about 4.5 to 5 billion years the sun will swell and become a red giant star; this happens as the star runs out of hydrogen to fuse for energy and turns to material that’s harder to […]Read More A Bubbling Star.
The earliest writers dreamt of life on the planets in our solar system; the Aborigines have stories dating thousands of years about the Dreamtime and how we came from the stars. The satirist Lucian (120 – c185 AD) claims in “A True Story” to have visited the moon after his ship was caught in a […]Read More HUNTING FOR ALIENS or COSMIC PURALISM ANEW.
The sky at midnight on the 16th. May 2017. All times GMT. New moon: 25th Full moon: 10th. The light evenings of mid-spring present a challenge to Astronomers; fewer dark hours at less convenient times means making the most of the sky when we can. Look towards the south-west at sunset and you will see […]Read More The Night Sky May 2017.
Graphic from http://www.heavens-above.com Night sky at 01h on the 20th. March. Full Moon; 12th. March. New moon; 28th. March. The Vernal or Spring equinox occurs on the 20th. March Clocks go forward one hour on the 26th.March. Spring is approaching and the sky is beginning to show changes as well. The winter constellations are disappearing […]Read More March Night Sky.
Sky at midnight on 22nd. February. (Sky map generated from Heavens-Above.com) Full Moon; 11th. February. New Moon; 26th. February. Venus dominates the early evening sky: it is visible from sunset until around 21:15 shining at a magnificent -4.4. have a look at it with binoculars and see if you can make out its shape; it […]Read More February’s Night Sky.
The night sky at 01h30 on the 20th. (Map generated on Heavens-Above.com) Full Moon 12th. January. New Moon 27th. January. Only three planets are visible this month; we start off with Venus. As soon as the Sun sets it is an easy to find shining at magnitude -4.4 in the south-west. By mid month it […]Read More January’s Night Sky.