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The May night sky

Posted by on Apr 24, 2018 in Constellation Of the Month |

May is the first month when the constellation of Orion is absent from the night sky altogether, and of the prominent winter stars only Capella in Auriga the Charioteer and Castor and Pollux in Gemini remain above the western horizon. The Plough or Ursa Major (the Great Bear) is still more or less overhead with the pointers pointing to the North Star. The...

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Super Lunar eclipse

Posted by on Sep 29, 2015 in Constellation Of the Month | 0 comments

In the early hours of Monday 28th September, people around the world have observed a rare celestial event, as a lunar eclipse coincided with a so-called “supermoon”. A supermoon occurs when the Moon is in the closest part of its orbit to Earth, meaning it appears larger in the sky. The eclipse – which made the Moon appear red , was...

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Constellation of the Month November : Andromeda

Constellation of the Month November : Andromeda

Posted by on Aug 30, 2013 in Constellation Of the Month | 0 comments

The stars of Andromeda arc up and to the left of the top left star of the square of Pegasus. (Alpheratz or Alpha Andromedae). Alpheratz is included in the square of Pegasus, and was at one time classified in the Pegasus constellation. The reason for its transfer is not clear. Andromeda consists mainly of a line of fairly bright stars extending from the...

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Constellation of the Month August : Sagittarius

Constellation of the Month August : Sagittarius

Posted by on Jul 17, 2013 in Constellation Of the Month | 0 comments

Sagittarius the archer was one of the 48 constellations listed by the 2nd century astronomer Ptolemy. It remains one of the 88 modern constellations today. It is the most southerly of the zodiacal constellations and is always very low in the night sky over Yorkshire. Part of it remains permanently below our horizon. This group of stars is not particularly...

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