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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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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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