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The August night sky

Posted by on Jul 28, 2021 in Main |

Although the nights are still short they are slowly lengthening. There will be a ‘Glorious Twelfth’ for astronomers this month. On the 12th of august we will see the maximum of the Perseid meteor shower. One of the most reliable displays of shooting stars. In addition the giant planets, Saturn and Jupiter are at their closest and brightest.The...

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The July night sky

Posted by on Jun 21, 2021 in Main |

Linger outside on a warm summer evening, and enjoy the treat of four planets in display. Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. As the sky becomes darker and the stars slowly emerge, pick out the star patterns on display in the middle of the year. Low in the south are Sagittarius and Scorpius, embedded in the glorious heart of the Milky Way. Higher in the sky,...

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The June Night Sky

Posted by on May 26, 2021 in Main |

The June night sky This is the mid point of the year and June brings our summer solstice on the 21st of this month. On the 10th day of this month there is the annual solar eclipse, when a ring of the sun’s surface is visible around the Moon’s silhouette. It is a full eclipse in Northern Canada, the North Pole and Eastern Siberia. From Yorkshire the Sun...

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The May night sky

Posted by on Apr 27, 2021 in Main |

We have not just one, but two evening stars this month, as brilliant Venus is joined by the elusive little planet Mercury. Stars:- 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...

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The April night sky

Posted by on Mar 27, 2021 in Main |

I think we are in for a real treat this month. We have the first full supermoon of the year, on the 27th; the planet Venus at its most brilliant in the second half of the month and a display of shooting stars. April also sees the seasonal change from winter constellations to spring constellations is more or less complete. The Plough is practically...

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