Archive For The “Night Sky” Category

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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June Night Sky

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June Night Sky

June is the gateway to the summer months whereupon Astronomy Societies appear to commence hibernation for three months awaiting the retreat of the Sun. But there is no reason for observing to stop; yes we’ve temporary lost ‘darkness’ and at best see just astronomical twilight but there is much more out there to enjoy. Firstly,…

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May Night Sky

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Spring is moving steadily onto Summer and the frosts are diminishing. May is a month where we lose the night time and are simply bathed in astronomical twilight as the Sun is approaching its highest northerly declination and never retreats far below the horizon. This same physics leads to the land of the midnight Sun…

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April Night Sky

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April Night Sky

For me, April is galaxy month. The Virgo and Coma galaxy clusters offer much the best galaxy field for amateur telescopes in the entire night sky, with scores of galaxies available to observers at a reasonably dark site with an 8″ telescope; hundreds if you have a 12″. April is on balance the best month…

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