Sky Guide August 2018




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What to look out, and up, for in August.

With no Jeni this month, Ralph & Paul pick their highlights for this month’s skies; starting with the solar system objects on offer to observers and imagers:

  • Mars just past opposition as impressive as last month
  • A round up of the other planets on view
  • The Perseid Meteor Shower peaking on 12/13th August

Next up, we take a deep sky pick from our list of favourites for this time of year:

  • Open clusters Messier 11 & Messier 26 in Scutum
  • Globular cluster NGC6712 & planetary nebula IC1295 in Scutum
  • Peculiar galaxy NGC7727 in Aquarius

And we finish this sky guide with August’s moon phases.

Sky Guide July 2018




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What to look out, and up, for in July.

With no Jen this month (she’s off sciencing), it’s just Paul & Ralph’s highlights for this month’s skies; starting with the solar system objects on offer to observers and imagers:

  • Mars at its most favourable opposition since 2003
  • Mercury, Jupiter, Saturn, Pluto
  • A super-long lunar eclipse

Next up, we take a deep sky pick from our list of favourites for this time of year.

  • Ralph – Messier 16, The Eagle Nebula
  • Paul – NGC 6822, Barnard’s Irregular

And we finish this sky guide with July’s moon phases.

Sky Guide June 2018




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What to look out, and up, for in June.

Ralph, Paul & Jen pick their highlights for this month’s skies; starting with the solar system objects on offer to observers and imagers:

  • Asteroid Vesta at opposition
  • Saturn
  • An overview of Venus, Jupiter and Mars
  • Comet 21P – Giacobini–Zinner in Cygnus

Next up, we take a deep sky pick from our list of favourites for this time of year.

  • Ralph – The Double Double, Epsilon Lyrae, in Lyra
  • Paul – Globular Clusters available to view in Ophiuchus
  • Jen – Colourful binary star Albireo in Cygnus

And we finish this sky guide with June’s moon phases.

Sky Guide May 2018




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What to look out, and up, for in May.

Ralph, Paul & Jen pick their highlights for this month’s skies; starting with the solar system objects on offer to observers and imagers:

  • The ever-brightening Mars
  • Jupiter at opposition on 9th May
  • Venus in the evening sky
  • The Lyrid meteor shower

Next up, we take a deep sky pick from our list of favourites for this time of year.

  • Ralph – The plethora of summer objects in Sagittarius
  • Paul – Globular Cluster, Messier 5, in Serpens
  • Jen – M57, The Ring Nebula, in Lyra

And we finish this sky guide with May’s moon phases.

Sky Guide April 2018




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What to look out, and up, for in December.

Ralph, Paul & Jen pick their highlights for this month’s skies; starting with the solar system objects on offer to observers and imagers:

  • The features visible on Mars
  • Jupiter visible in the morning sky
  • Venus in the evening sky
  • The Lyrid meteor shower

Next up, we take a deep sky pick from our list of favourites for this time of year.

  • Ralph – The Beehive and King Cobra open clusters in Cancer
  • Jen – M82, The Cigar Galaxy, and M81, a starburst galaxy in Ursa Major
  • Paul – A tour of the Virgo cluster of galaxies and Markarian’s Chain

And we finish this sky guide with April’s moon phases.

Sky Guide March 2018




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What to look out, and up, for in March.

Ralph, Paul & Jen pick their highlights for this month’s skies; starting with the solar system objects on offer to observers and imagers:

  • Prepare for this year’s Mars opposition as it increases in brightness
  • Jupiter at 21 degrees in the pre-dawn sky
  • Bright Venus, Mercury and the moon in conjunction on 18th March
  • Comet 2016 R2 PANSTARRS in Perseus
  • A lunar conjunction with the Hyades Cluster and occultation of Aldebaran.

Next up, we take a deep sky pick from our list of favourites for this time of year:

  • Ralph – Messier 81 & 82, Bode’s Galaxy & The Cigar Galaxy in Ursa Major
  • Jen – Messier 3, globular cluster in Canes Venatici
  • Paul – The Leo 1 group of Galaxies in the constellation Leo

And we finish this sky guide with March’s moon phases.

Sky Guide February 2018




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What to look out, and up, for in February.

Ralph, Paul & Jen pick their highlights for this month’s skies; starting with the solar system objects on offer to observers and imagers:

  • Track Mars’ passage through Scorpius & Ophiuchus
  • Jupiter in Libra gives us a shadow transit and a look at its Great Red spot
  • Dwarf Planet Ceres at opposition on 1st February & Comet Heinze in Pegasus

Next up, we take a deep sky pick from our list of favourites for this time of year:

  • Ralph – Open clusters Messier 67 and the Beehive Cluster in Cancer
  • Jen – Messier 101, the Pinwheel Galaxy, in Ursa Major
  • Paul – NCG 40, the Bow Tie nebula, in Cepheus

And we finish this sky guide with February’s moon phases.

Sky Guide January 2018




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What to look out, and up, for in January!

Ralph, Paul & Jen pick their highlights for this month’s skies; starting with the solar system objects on offer to observers and imagers:

  • The Red Planet Mars, makes a welcome return to our skies
  • The Quadrantid meteor shower peaks on the night of 3rd/4th January
  • Dwarf planet Ceres is at opposition on 31st January in Cancer
  • Mercury is at greatest wester elongation on 2nd January
  • And comet C/2017 T1 Heinze reaches mag 7-9 on 6th January

Next up, we take a deep sky pick from our list of favourites for this time of year:

  • Ralph – Messier 42, the Great Nebula in Orion
  • Jen – NGC 2244 and the Rosette Nebula in Monoceros.
  • Paul – NCG 2903, Barred Spiral Galaxy in Leo

And we finish this sky guide with January’s moon phases.

Sky Guide December 2017




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What to look out, and up, for in December.

Ralph, Paul & Jen pick their highlights for this month’s skies; starting with the solar system objects on offer to observers and imagers:

  • The Geminid meteor showers peaking on 13/14th December
  • Uranus sitting in the constellation Pisces
  • Mars & Jupiter lunar conjunctions

Next up, we take a deep sky pick from our list of favourites for this time of year:

  • Ralph – A binary star, a planetary nebula and 4 open clusters in Gemini
  • Jen – The Pleiades open cluster in Taurus
  • Paul – The Crab Nebula supernova remnant also in Taurus

And we finish this sky guide with December’s moon phases.

Sky Guide November 2017




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What to look out, and up, for in November.

Ralph, Paul & Jen pick their highlights for this month’s skies; starting with the solar system objects on offer to observers and imagers:

  • A last look at Saturn for 2017 in the early evening sky
  • A very impressive Jupiter/Venus conjunction on the 13th of November
  • The Taurid meteor showers peaking on the 5th and 21st November and the Leonids on the 18th November
  • Comet 2017 O1 ASASSN1 for binocular and telescope observers

Next up, we take a deep sky pick from our list of favourites for this time of year:

  • Ralph – Messier 42, the Orion Nebula in the constellation Orion
  • Jen – Messier 13, The Great Globular Cluster in Hercules
  • Paul – NCG 404, Mirach’s Ghost in the constellation Andromeda

And we finish this sky guide with November’s moon phases.