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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27
APR
2015

See Four Planets in One May Evening

The first two weeks of May 2015 offer us an excellent opportunity to see four of our solar system’s planets in one evening. First up is fleeting Mercury. The closest planet to the sun never rises high enough to be seen against a really dark sky. Instead we need to be looking out
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08
JUL
2014

Catch Bright Venus and Mercury Ahead of July’s Rising Sun

Early risers in July this year might notice a bright light rising over the north-east horizon just as it starts to get light at around 3am. Thankfully it is no alien invasion, but is in fact the planet Venus. Other than the Moon Venus is the brightest object in the early morning sky t
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06
MAY
2014

Catch Elusive Mercury in the Evening Sky this May

May 2014 is our best opportunity of the year to catch a glimpse of the tiny planet Mercury. From 8th May to the end of the month look to the WNW between 300 – 310 degrees on your compass some 45 minutes after sunset. Hovering only 5 – 10 degrees above your horizon you shou
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01
JUN
2013

Venus and Mercury Dazzle After Sunset in June 2013

Venus shines as a brilliant evening star low on the northwestern horizon shortly after sunset in June. You’ll need to be on high ground with a good view towards the west and northwest, or have a flat horizon towards that direction to enjoy the spectacle. Look for Venus about 30 minute
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16
MAY
2013

Triple Planet Conjunction at the End of May 2013

Image of Venus and Jupiter Conjunction by Lorenzo Andrioli The second half of May this year sees three planets drift into the same part of the sky. Look to the West and Northwest horizon about an hour after sunset from mid month onwards to see the triple act take shape.  The conjuncti
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