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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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The March Night Sky

Posted by on Feb 27, 2021 in Main |

I think we will as be glad to see the end of this winter. This month will give you a few reasons to celebrate. Spring is on its way. On the 20th we have the vernal equinox. After that date the days become longer than the nights. This is followed on the 28th of March when British summer times stars and it will be around 8 pm before it becomes dark. The 28th...

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The February Night Sky

Posted by on Jan 30, 2021 in Main |

There are the first signs of spring in this month’s night sky even though the winter constellations are clearly on display. The Plough is now higher in the north east, with its handle pointing in the general direction of the horizon. If you follow the curve of the handle you will come to a bright orange star low in the sky. This is Arcturus in the...

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The January Night Sky

Posted by on Dec 31, 2020 in Main |

The New Year begins with a cornucopia of celestial sights, from colourful shooting stars to a glorious Evening star. A bevy of brilliant stars, Bettlegeuse and Rigel in Orion. Aldebaran, the bright red eye of Taurus. Capella crowning Auriga. Caster and Pollux, the celestial twins in Gemini, and glorious Sirius in Canis Major. As for the star patterns,...

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