31
JAN
2017

Venus, Mars and a Crescent Moon Make for a Kooky Smile in the Evening Sky on 31 January 2017!

Got a clear sky tonight 31 January 2017? If you’re lucky enough to get a break in the cloud cover cast your eyes westwards for a giant kooky smile in the sky at about 6pm! Venus, Mars and a thin crescent moon are all gathered in the same part of the sky early evening. You’
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19
AUG
2015

Saturn and a Half Moon in the Sky on Saturday 22 August

This Saturday 22 August sky watchers across Europe will be treated to a spectacular view of a half moon cast in the evening sky very close to Saturn. From the UK the event is best seen at dusk when Saturn and the moon are at their closest point. Look to your south-west for Saturday
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04
JUL
2015

See the 31 July 2015 Blue Moon from the UK

On 31 July 2015 the UK will see a Blue Moon rise over the south-eastern horizon at about 8:45pm. According to modern folklore a Blue Moon is the second full moon in a calendar month. On the night of 1-2 July 2015 we had our first full moon for this July, known as the Hay Moon. The sec
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21
FEB
2015

Venus, Mars and a Crescent Moon February 2015

February 2015 sees a beautiful trio of celestial objects in the evening sky as Venus, Mars and a crescent moon all gather together over the western horizon. Best dates to see all three together are between Friday 20th February and Sunday 22nd February 2015. Venus is the easiest of the
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23
OCT
2014

Watch the Moon’s Close Encounter with Mars on 28th October

On Tuesday 28th October the Moon makes a close approach to the planet Mars in the UK evening sky. Look low to the south-west after sunset to see a thin crescent moon sat above a bright star-like object that shines a red-orange colour. The two objects, separated by about 6-degrees of s
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18
MAR
2014

Watch the Moon and Saturn Conjunction on 21st March 2014

In the early hours of Friday 21st March 2014 the waning gibbous Moon draws in very close to Saturn in the post-midnight sky for a spectacular Moon-Saturn conjunction. Our Moon and Saturn will in fact appear so close together that you’ll be able to fit the Moon’s northern l
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14
JUL
2013

Moon to Eclipse Double Star in 19 July Lunar Occultation

In the early hours of 19 July the dark limb of the waxing Moon is set to eclipse the double star Acrab (Beta Scorpii) in a spectacular meeting of celestial bodies as seen from the UK (except North-West Scotland). Look low-down to the southwest after dusk on Thursday July 18. You’
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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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