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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 2020.

  • 1st Moon below Jupiter 11pm S
  • 2nd Moon below Saturn 11pm S
  • 9th Moon close to Mars 1am ESE
  • 9th Use binoculars to spot Mercury in front of the Praesepe star cluster after 420am NE
  • 10th Moon close to Mars 1am ESE
  • 11th/12th Perseids meteor shower peak
  • 13th Crescent Moon close to star Aldebaran, the Hyades, the Pleiades and Venus
  • 15th Moon above Venus 430am E
  • 17th Moon below Pollux and Castor 430am ENE
  • 28th Moon close to Jupiter 11pm SSW
  • 29th Moon close to Saturn 11pm S

Meteors:-

Perseids can be seen between 16th July and 23rd August with the peak on 11th/12th August - hopefully around 100 meteors per hour

Planets:-

Mercury - close to the Sun. First half of the month look low in the North eastern twilight sky to spot it. It rises around 420am.

Venus - Rises about 2am. Passes from Taurus into Gemini.

Mars - is in Pisces. Rises in the East around 1030pm.

Jupiter - retrograding in Sagittarius. Bright in the South. Is to the right of Saturn. Sets about 3am.

Saturn - retrograding in Sagittarius. Is in the South. To the left of Jupiter. Sets about 3am.

Uranus - is in Aries. Begins retrograde motion on 16th. Rises about 1030pm.

Neptune - is in Aquarius. Rises about 9pm. You'll need binoculars or telescope to see it.

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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