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 […]Read More The May 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 […]Read More The March 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 […]Read More January Night Sky
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 […]Read More B-Ring It On!
The solar system is full of amazing sights; from aurora on Earth, to giant solar flares, to the great red spot there are countless objects to fascinate us. every now and then comes along something you just don’t expect. Often these are from objects you just wouldn’t imagine to be interesting (which just proves the […]Read More Oh My!
238 years ago today on the 13th. March 1781, amateur astronomer William Herschel discovered a new planet: Uranus. He was surveying the night sky when he spotted what he thought was a comet. He soon realised that it was moving too slowly for a comet. That could mean only be one thing: a planet. It […]Read More Uranus; discovered today in 1781!
A Tardigrade. We believe that water is an essential ingredient for life; all living things we know of need water to some extent; we are somewhere between 50% and 65% water (depending on age and fitness) whilst the Tardigrade (or Water Bear) the most resilient creature known can survive with only 3% of its body […]Read More EUROPA’S ERUPTING WATER.