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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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Constellation of the Month July : Cygnus

Constellation of the Month July : Cygnus

Posted by on May 26, 2013 in Constellation Of the Month, News | 0 comments

Summer is generally regarded as the worst time for stargazing. It is true that the period of darkness is short and that the brilliant winter constellations are out of view. But the summer skies are certainly not devoid of interest. There are several legends associated with Cygnus the Swan. According to one of these, Jupiter changed himself into a swan when...

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Constellation of the Month June : Scorpius

Constellation of the Month June : Scorpius

Posted by on May 26, 2013 in Constellation Of the Month, News | 0 comments

The scorpion is a superb constellation. Methodologically it is the scorpion, which rose out of the ground at Juno’s command, at attack the great hunter Orion. A large and sprawling constellation, which lies near the Milky Way, and thus holds many bright open and globular star clusters. A welcome change after hunting down the faint and distant galaxies of...

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