“There’s an opportunity this month to find Ceres, the largest of the asteroids, as it passes through the V-shaped Hyades cluster in Taurus.”
Read about asteroids and impacts – written by Duncan Lunan
Duncan Lunan brings you the October map for the night sky, what to see and where.
Part 2 of Duncan Lunan’s series looking at Solstice and equinoxes – the Moon and planets
The Moon will be New on September 7th, and Full on September 21st, the day before the Autumn equinox
The Moon will be New on August 8th, and Full on August 22nd.
“The Vernal Equinox, where the Sun crosses the equator on its way north in spring, moves steadily along the Ecliptic (the plane of the Earth’s orbit, projected on to the sky) from year to year “
Duncan Lunan who writes The Orkney News astronomy column and beginner’s guides is also the man behind the building of the Sighthill Stone Circle.
Like last month, it will never be completely dark during July, as the Sun never gets far below the horizon. It’s a good time to see noctilucent (night-glowing) clouds in the north, lit by sunlight at high altitudes, first reported in the 19th century and still not fully explained.
“If the Earth had no atmosphere, life would be much easier for astronomers – as long as they didn’t need to breathe. “