11
NOV
2016

Red Mars Shines in the SW on November Evenings

November 2016 is a great time to find Mars in the early evening sky. Look towards the south and south-west after dark on a clear November evening and you’ll find an orange-red ‘star’ hanging low towards the horizon. Its unmistakable red hue is easy to see with the naked eye and in bin
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14
OCT
2016

ExoMars 2016 Spacecraft Reaches Mars to Look for Martian Life

The ExoMars 2016 Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO) spacecraft officially reaches Martian orbit on 19 October. A joint mission between the European Space Agency (ESA) and Roscosmos, the Russian space agency, ExoMars 2016 is designed to detect and measure methane gas particles in the thin Martian
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19
SEP
2016

Watch Red Mars Buzz the Stars of Sagittarius

Autumn 2016 sees Mars mingle with the stars of Sagittarius. It’s a six-week event that is easy to track night by night with the naked eye or binoculars. You’ll need a clear horizon down towards your south to get the best view, and you’ll need to be out as soon as it
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18
AUG
2016

Saturn, Mars and Antares Line Up in the August Evening Sky

24 August 2016 sees a rare alignment of Saturn, Mars and the red supergiant Antares in the evening sky above the UK and Europe. Look low towards your south-west as darkness falls for three bright points of light in a short vertical line down towards the horizon. All three objects are
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09
JUN
2016

How to Find Mars and Saturn in June 2016

Mars and Saturn are at their best in the UK evening sky during June 2016. Both planets are easy to find with the naked eye low down towards your local southern horizon. They are in fact so bright that you can see Mars and Saturn in the twilight sky before it is fully dark. Mars is fir
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07
MAY
2016

Catch Mars at Close Approach in May 2016

On 30 May 2016 Mars is at is closest point to Earth for 2016. The Red Planet will be just 75 million kilometres away from Earth at close approach and will be at its biggest and brightest in the sky for this year. From the UK Mars shines as a bright beacon of pink-orange light low down
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27
MAR
2016

Watch Comet 252P/LINEAR 2016 Emerge in the Morning Sky

Are you ready for a surprise bright comet to emerge in the morning sky over the UK? Comet 252P/LINEAR 2016 has defied astronomers’ predictions with an outburst in activity this March and is many times brighter than expected. On the night of 21-22 March 2016 this huge chunk of di
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05
FEB
2016

Find Mars and Saturn Ahead of Sunrise in February 2016

February 2016 sees both Mars and Saturn visible from the UK in the morning sky ahead of sunrise. Look towards your south from 5am until daybreak. The two brightest star-like objects that you see in this direction about +20 degrees above the horizon will be Mars and Saturn. Saturn is t
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09
JAN
2016

Look for Mars, Saturn and Venus in the January Morning Sky

Clear and frosty January mornings this year are the perfect time to look for Mars, Saturn and Venus ahead of sunrise. Mars is easiest to see. It hangs almost due south in the morning sky about +25 degrees above the horizon between 6am – 7am. Look for a rusty-red coloured star-li
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06
DEC
2015

See Three Planets and a Comet on Christmas Morning 2015

Christmas morning 2015 offers a spectacular three-planet gathering over the UK and Europe ahead of sunrise, and a comet too. Look to your south and south-east at between 6am to 7am on December 25th and you’ll see three bright lights shining among the stars in the sky. Venus is b
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