Archive For The “Night Sky” Category

October Night Sky

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October Night Sky

October is a good month for observing planets and you should be able to view 5 with binoculars or a small telescope. Just Mercury and Jupiter reaching conjunction on 9th and 26th respectively are hidden by the Sun. Get up early on Thursday 5th October if the weather is fine to see Mars and Venus…

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Great evening’s observing at Wellow

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Great evening’s observing at Wellow

Thursday night’s impromptu observing at Wellow, south of Bath was very successful. The cloud and rain from earlier in the day cleared up and as the high cloud cleared a good autumnal vista opened above us. Wellow is not the darkest of sights due to proximity of Bath light pollution and local residents ‘security’ lighting…

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September Night Sky

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September Night Sky

The total solar eclipse hunters have now returned to the UK full of wonderful descriptions and plans to be in Chile in July 2019 for the next one; enough time to wash your socks and learn Spanish. September is the month we say goodbye to Cassini. Having dropped off Huygens on Titan all those years…

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August Night Sky

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August Night Sky

The big tickets for August this year are the Perseid meteor shower and for those with flights to the USA, the Solar Eclipse. However, with the skies rapidly darkening again, its a good time to look up with you eyes, binoculars and/or telescope. We start the month with 3 hours of official darkness from 23:45…

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July Night Sky

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July Night Sky

The ‘star’ of the show this month is, of course, Saturn. Its 29.4 year rotational period around the Sun offering us a changing aspect of the rings each year with an edge on view every 15 years or so. We’ve recently had the rings open to their maximum extent giving good views of the Cassini…

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