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THE SEPTEMBER NIGHT SKY

Posted by on Aug 28, 2018 in Constellation Of the Month |

The summer’s brilliant pageant of planets is now tarnishing, as Venus exits the stage and Mars continues to fade. This month the nights become longer and we move towards unsettled weather. The autumn constellations are starting to show. Ursa Major, or the Plough, can be found low in the North. The ‘W’ of Cassiopeia is not far from the overhead...

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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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