“Venus remains brilliant in the morning sky in Ophiucus. The Moon is near Venus on 11th January. In January Venus rises at 6.30 a.m., but disappears by the end of the month.”
” The winter solstice is on December 21st, also the date of a close conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn.”
“The Moon will be Full on October 1st and October 31st (a ‘Blue Moon’, i.e. the second Full Moon this month), and it will be New on October 16th. “
“The Moon was Full on September 2nd, and it will be New on September 17th. “
It was the first time a total lunar eclipse was captured from a space telescope and the first time such an eclipse had been studied in ultraviolet wavelengths.
This month there are spectacular encounters of the Moon with Mercury, Venus and prominent stars – see below – and over the course of the night all the planets are visible, though telescopes are needed for Uranus and Neptune.
Duncan Lunan who writes the Astronomy articles in The Orkney News has been on BBC Radio Scotland talking about the Perseid Meteor Shower.
On 26th of July 1609 English mathematician and astronomer Thomas Harriot drew the first map of the Moon by observing it through a telescope.
“A small fleet of spacecraft is due to take off for Mars in July, including the NASA Mars 2020 rover ‘Perseverance’, and the first Mars missions from China and the United Arab Emirates. “
For the month of August 2020, the Tsukure Hub on Ayr High Street will be given over to a space and science fiction exhibition organised by