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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03
MAY
2016

Jupiter in May 2016 – Dates and Times to see the Great Red Spot from the UK

May 2016 sees Jupiter high up towards the south western part of UK skies as darkness falls. The giant gas planet is easy to find as it is the brightest star-like object in our evening sky out in this direction. A small telescope is all you’ll need to reveal Jupiter as a disc of
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25
APR
2016

Rare Mercury Transit for the UK on Monday 9 May 2016

The UK is to be treated to a rare transit of the planet Mercury across the face of the sun on Monday 9 May 2016. It is the first Mercury transit visible from the UK for 13 years, and sees Mercury’s silhouette attain its largest size against the sun until the transit of May 2049.
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10
APR
2016

See Mercury at its best in the UK Evening Sky in April 2016

Mercury makes a fleeting appearance in the UK evening sky during April 2016. We have a two-week window from Monday 11 April to Monday 25 April to catch this elusive planet in the late evening twilight low over the western horizon. Monday 18 April 2016 sees Mercury at its highest point
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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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