Eyes on the Night Sky - September 2021
The month of September signifies the beginning of Autumn. On 22nd September, the Sun crosses the celestial equator from north to south which is directly above the Earth’s equivalent. The hours of day and night are the same on this day. This is known as the autumn equinox.
For some, the ‘nights drawing in’ marks the end of long summer evenings but the darkness shouldn’t stop people from getting outside when it is clear. It’s a great time of year to see planets, nebulae and star clusters if whether you have a telescope, binoculars or even your eyes.
Eyes on the Night Sky - August 2021
Welcome to the August edition of Eyes on the Night Sky. True darkness returns this month for those who love to seek out more distant deep sky objects or marvel at the structure of the Milky Way, which emerges in the southern sky as darkness falls. For many amateur astronomers, it is a great start to the stargazing season, with a spectacular meteor shower, stunning nebulae and star clusters to discover.
Eyes on the Night Sky - July 2021
Welcome to our Eyes on the Night Sky article for July. This month, we will select the best objects to see with the unaided eyes, binoculars and telescopes. For those who like to look at faint deep sky objects, true night returns on 26th July for 45 minutes and longer intervals each night thereafter but the Milky Way will still put on an impressive show well after the Sun has set. Watch it emerge into a southern sky in a rural area as darkness falls, although you will have to wait until midnight.
Eyes on the Night Sky - June 2021
Welcome to the June edition of Eyes on the Night Sky. Astronomical twilight continues for the whole of this month but you can still go outside and enjoy the night sky. The Moon and planets can be enjoyed with the unaided eyes, through telescopes and binoculars and just gazing into a deep blue night sky with a smattering of sparkling stars can be a beautiful experience.
Eyes on the Night Sky - May 2021
Welcome to our monthly astronomy article for May. We have selected the best objects in the night sky to make the most of the darkness that remains in May, as in Wales from 18th May, we move into astronomical twilight instead of true night, as the sun sets no lower than 18 degrees below the horizon.
Eyes on the Night Sky – April 2021
Welcome to the April edition of Eyes on the Night Sky, where we will select the best night sky objects to discover with the unaided eyes, binoculars and telescopes.
Eyes on the Night Sky - March 2021
March heralds the start of not one, but two ‘springs’! Meteorological spring on the 1st of the month and astronomical spring starts on 20th March. The difference between the two is that the astronomical spring (or Spring Equinox) is related to the position of the Earth’s orbit in relation to the Sun and marks the moment the Sun crosses the imaginary celestial equator in the sky that is directly above the earth’s equivalent and lies 90 degrees from the Earth’s poles. Meteorological Spring is based on the Gregorian calendar and the annual cycle of temperatures.
Eyes on the Night Sky - February 2021
Welcome to Eyes on the Night Sky for February, where we will select the best night sky objects to view using telescopes, binoculars or just the eyes.
The nights are still dark for a long time which makes it ideal for people who don’t want to stay up late to study the night sky. Most of the objects listed in this month’s edition can be easily seen in a brighter sky and do not require travel to a dark site.