Archive For The “Night Sky” Category

September Night Sky

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September Night Sky

Early September benefits from 5 easily visible planets (Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn) and 2 requiring a little more experience to find (Uranus and Neptune). You’ll catch Mercury, Neptune and Uranus in the morning sky and the remainder in the evening. The Vernal Equinox on 23rd Sept means nights will be longer than days so it’s…

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August Night Sky

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August Night Sky

The big treat this month has to be the Perseid Meteor shower which is best observed after midnight and peaks between 11th and 12th August each year. The Moon is New this year and so lots of meteors should be visible, perhaps 30 or up to 60 per hour. This most notable grouping of stars…

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July Night Sky

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July Night Sky

Our monthly update of the night sky is now available for July. You can download it here or pick up your own paper copy at one of our events. So what’s so amazing in July? It has to be Mars. The red planet, as it is known, takes under 2 Earth years (686 Earth days)…

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June Night Sky

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June Night Sky

Later this month sees Saturn reach opposition in the night sky and the brightest it’ll be this apparition. On still, calm nights you should be able to see it without too much atmospheric wobble and see the Cassini Division well. It is low in the sky like most of the planets this time of year…

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May Night Sky

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May Night Sky

May is the month when Jupiter is on the opposite side of the Earth compared to the Sun. This opposition occurs on 9th May and means Jupiter is at its biggest and brightest this year. The larger angular size of the planet mean it appears bigger in telescopes and binoculars and features such as the…

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