16
SEP
2017

Goodbye Cassini. Hello Saturn

On 15 September 2017 NASA’s Cassini space probe death-dived into Saturn’s atmosphere. It was a fiery exit for humankind’s most successful space mission. For thirteen years little Cassini, no larger than a removals truck, danced its way around the giant Saturnian syst
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02
JUN
2015

Discover Saturn in June 2015

June 2015 is the perfect time to seek out majestic Saturn. The ringed planet is an easy target this month, lurking down towards the southern horizon in the constellation of Scorpio. Look for a bright star-like object with the naked eye in this direction shining with a pale yellow ligh
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09
MAR
2015

See Saturn and Its Rings after Midnight in March 2015

Majestic Saturn graces the night sky after midnight during March 2015. From the UK the ringed planet rises above the south-east horizon at around 1am local time. It arches up higher into the sky towards the south, and is best viewed at around 4am – 5am when it is +20 degrees up
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02
SEP
2014

Last Chance to See Saturn in the 2014 Evening Sky

September 2014 is our last chance this year to see Saturn in the evening sky. You’ll need to look low down to the south-west horizon as soon as it gets dark. To the naked eye Saturn appears as a pale yellow star no higher than +10 degrees above the horizon some 60 minutes after
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04
JUL
2014

Discover Titan in Orbit around Saturn this Summer

Titan as Imaged in Natural Colour. Credit Cassini/NASA/JPL Titan is Saturn’s largest Moon. It is a small frigid world, about half the size of Earth, where surface temperatures dip as low as minus 179 degrees Celsius. Titan’s surface is mostly hidden from view by a thick or
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02
JUL
2014

How to View Saturn and Mars in July 2014

Saturn and Mars are easy to track down in the evening sky during July 2014. To the naked eye they look like two bright stars over in the south-western part of the sky as seen from the UK. Mars takes on an orange-red hue, while Saturn shines a pale yellow. Look for both planets in the
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01
MAY
2014

Find Saturn and Mars in the May Night Sky

Saturn and Mars are both visible in the May night sky this year from the UK. They are easy to find with the naked eye, both planets appearing as bright coloured ‘stars’ when looking towards the south on clear evenings. Mars shines the brighter of the two planets. You’
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18
JUL
2013

Spectacular Saturn Moon Alignment on 24 July 2013

The evening of Wednesday 24 July sees a spectacular alignment of Saturn’s six brightest moons – Titan, Rhea, Tethys, Dione, Enceladus and Iapetus. Look to the southwestern sky from 10pm onwards to find Saturn. You’ll need a telescope of at least 8-inches (200mm) aper
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08
JUL
2013

Astronomers for Hire

On Saturday 6th July myself and Peter Truscott from Bedford Astronomical Society were astronomers for hire for the night. We were booked to provide a private star party for around 20 guests at a 30th birthday BBQ celebration. It was a gorgeously clear evening when we arrived at the ve
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14
MAR
2013

Awesome Saturn and 3 Moons on 14 March 2013

Out after midnight on March 13th/14th looking at Saturn with the 8.5″ 215mm Newtonian Reflector telescope. It was an amazing view. The air was really steady and transparent, which gave me a crisp view of Saturn at x110 and x220 magnifications. The Cassini Division in Saturn̵
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