In The Sky

We are indebted to Arthur Black for supplying this information.
Should you wish to communicate with Arthur, please email him at:  arthur.black10@btinternet.com

Before the usual info, I thought I would mention the Starlink satellites. They are worth looking out for. You can download an app (Apple or Android) to find out when and where they will appear. My neighbour and I saw about 14 or 15 all crossing the sky over a period of eight minutes last week. Rather impressive. [2nd May 2020]

Here is stargazing info for August 2022

• 3rd Moon near star Spica W midnight
• 7th Venus below twin stars Castor and Pollux ENE 5am
• 11th Moon near Saturn SE 11.15pm
• 12th Full Moon
• 12th Super Moon
• 12th Peak of Perseids meteor shower N late pm
• 13th Peak of Perseids meteor shower N early am
• 14th Moon near Jupiter E 11pm
• 15th Moon near Jupiter E 11pm
• 19th Moon near Mars and star cluster The Pleiades E 2am
• 20th Moon near Mars, The Pleiades and star Aldebaran E 2am
• 21st Mars near The Pleiades E 2am
• 24th Moon near Castor Pollux E 5.30am
• 26th Moon near Venus ENE 5am
• 27th New Moon
• 30th Moon near Spica W 10pm
• 31st Moon near Spica W 10pm

Planets:

Saturn - lies in Capricornus in the south. Visible all night long. At its brightest on 14th August.

Neptune - on the border of Aquarius and Pisces in the east. Rises around 9pm.

Jupiter - rises about 10pm. Is in the constellation Cetus in the east.

Uranus - rises around 11pm in Aries in the east.

Mars - lies in Aries in the east. Rises about 11.30pm. Moves leftwards into Taurus.

Venus - rises about 4am in Gemini in the east but gradually fades during the month into the morning twilight.

Mercury - lost in the Sun's glare this month.


Meteor showers:-

Alpha-Capricornids             Active 3/7 to 15/8       Peak 30/7         Hourly rate 5

Southern delta-Aquariids    Active 12/7 to 23/8     Peak 30/7         Hourly rate 25

Perseids                                 Active 17/7 to 24/8      Peak 12-13/8    Hourly rate 100

Alpha-Aurigids                     Active 28/8 to 5/9       Peak1/9            Hourly rate 6

Never look at the Sun with the naked eye or through binoculars or a telescope as doing this will blind you.

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