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 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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January Night Sky

Night sky at 00h on the 15th. January 2018. New Moon; 17th. January. Full Moon 2nd. and 31st. January. There are lots of planets to observe this month, unfortunately you will have to get up early in the morning to see them! There is also a ‘blue moon’ this month; that happens when there are […]

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The Night Sky May 2017.

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 […]

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B-Ring It On!

  What do you think this picture might be? Could it be a microscope’s view of a hair? Could it be the pages of a really big book? They’re not bad guesses but they’re not correct. This image focuses on a region in Saturn’s B ring, which is seen in twice as much detail as […]

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March Night Sky.

Graphic from 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 […]

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February’s Night Sky.

Sky at midnight on 22nd. February. (Sky map generated from 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 […]

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