What to look out for in 2018

  1. The winter sky is in full swing with the magnificent hour glass shaped constellation of Orion dominating the southern sky.
  2. This next decent meteor shower is the Lyrids – 22 April. Last hurrah before the long summer days kick in and dark skies vanish.
  3. The 3rd Dark Sky Festival takes place 9 to 25 February 2018 with scores of events.  This year it’s bigger than ever with the Yorkshire Dales, North York Moors, South Downs and Northumberland national parks all taking part!  www.darkskiesnationalparks.org.uk/M31-Calibrated-JPEG
  4. Click the blog thoughts tab above for advice on buying telescopes.
  5. Jupiter will be at its best from April onwards – look for a brilliant bright “star” in the east.  Binoculars will show its biggest moons. Saturn’s best show is in June when it will appear as a yellow star-like object low in the south.  A small telescope will reveal its rings.
  6. A total eclipse of the moon takes place on 27 July and is visible from the UK – it will rise in the east already in totality and will look very red.  Partial eclipse from about 10pm.  Great event – don’t miss it, but you will need a low eastern horizon to make the best of it.
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