In The Sky

We are indebted to Arthur Black for supplying this information.
Should you wish to communicate with Arthur, please email him at:  arthur.black10@btinternet.com

Before the usual info, I thought I would mention the Starlink satellites. They are worth looking out for. You can download an app (Apple or Android) to find out when and where they will appear. My neighbour and I saw about 14 or 15 all crossing the sky over a period of eight minutes last week. Rather impressive. [2nd May 2020]

Here is stargazing info for August 2021.
Good month for the planets and look out for the Perseids meteor shower too

  • 3rd Moon near star clusters The Hyades, the Pleiades and star Aldebaran 3am
  • 6th Moon to the right of twin stars Castor and Pollux 5am ENE
  • 7th Moon below twin stars Castor and Pollux 5am ENE
  • 8th New Moon
  • 9th Crescent Moon to the left of Venus and near Mercury, Mars and star Regulus before 8.45pm W
  • 10th Moon between Venus and Mars, Mercury and star Regulus 8.45pm W
  • 11th  Moon near Venus before 9.30pm W
  • 12th Moon near star Spica in Virgo W
  • 12th/13th Peak of the Perseids meteor shower midnight onwards NE
  • 16th Moon near star Antares 9pm SSW
  • 20th Moon near Saturn 10.45pm S
  • 21st Moon near Jupiter 10.45pm SE
  • 22nd Full Moon
  • 22nd Moon near Jupiter 10.30pm SE
  • 28th Moon to the right of star cluster The Pleiades and to the left of Uranus after 11pm low in ENE
  • 29th Moon below star cluster the Pleiades and above star cluster The Hyades
    and star Aldebaran 
    11.45pm ENE
  • 30th Moon near star Aldebaran in Taurus and star cluster The Pleiades 11.45pm ENE

Planets :- 

Venus - low in the West after Sunset. Is in Virgo. Very bright. Sets around 930pm

Mars - low on the horizon to the right of Venus. Is in Leo moving towards Virgo. Sets around 9pm.

Mercury - also low on the horizon to the right of Venus. Sets around 9pm.

Saturn - in the South East. In the middle of Capricornus.  Visible all night. Closest on 2nd August. Use a telescope to see it's rings and moons.

Jupiter - in the south east. Bordering Aquarius and Capricornus. Visible all night. Closest on 20th August. Use binoculars to see it's moons.

Neptune - rises about 9pm. Lies on the other side of Aquarius.

Uranus  - rises around 11pm. In Aries.


Meteor showers:-

Perseids meteor shower - From 16/7 to 23/8. In the North East.  stay up until after midnight on 12/8 for the peak. No moonlight to spoil the view so conditions favourable. Will be around 100 meteors ph. May be some fireballs too!

Never look at the Sun with the naked eye or through binoculars or a telescope as doing this will blind you.

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