17
NOV
2013

Jupiter’s Great Red Spot Getting Redder

As Jupiter grows bigger and brighter in the sky towards its January 2014 opposition, the famous Great Red Spot (GRS) is also starting to put on a show. Through the summer and early autumn this 300-year old storm system really wasn’t much to look at through a telescope, appearing
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09
NOV
2013

C/2013 R1 Lovejoy Now a Bright Telescope Comet in the Eastern Sky

Comet C/2013 R1 Lovejoy is the surprise comet of the autumn. Now at magnitude +5.2 (as of 24 November)  it is an easy catch in binoculars and telescopes in the eastern sky after midnight during November 2013. On November 9th I tracked it down with 16×50 binoculars as a faint elon
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03
NOV
2013

Finding Comet ISON in the November Morning Sky

Comet C/2012 S1 ISON, once billed as the Comet of the Century in expectation that it would be brighter than the full moon, is a good deal fainter than anticipated. At the beginning of November 2013 it shines at magnitude +9 in the constellation of Leo, a good 3-4 magnitudes fainter th
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02
NOV
2013

Jupiter Shines Brightly in the East in November 2013

Position of Jupiter in the Night Sky in November 2013 Jupiter is an impressive bright ‘star’ in the eastern sky during November evenings. At the start of the month the giant planet rises above the ENE horizon at around 9pm local time in the UK. It is easy to spot as it is
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02
NOV
2013

Brilliant Venus Shines as an Evening Star In November and December

Venus continues to dazzle low in the southwest evening sky during November and December 2013. It’s hard to miss, shining at a brilliant -4.5 magnitude about 10-degrees above the southwestern horizon shortly after sunset. Look for it 20-minutes after sundown in the November and D
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