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Star Charts

July 2016

Although the nights are short now that summer has begun, the stars are still there! Most notably, three planets will be visible low in the sky. To the west, Jupiter can be seen shining brightly as it's about to set whilst Mars and Saturn will dominate the south.

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March 2016

The constellation of Orion is still present as we enter spring! The three stars that make up Orion's Belt are incredibly recognisable and with Betelgeuse and Rigel shining brightly on either side of this belt then the rest of Orion the Hunter can soon be seen!

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January & February 2016

In the 19th century, Thomas Cooke and Sons of York were a world-class optical instrument manufacturer. After being in storage for 10 years, an original six inch refracting Cooke telescope made in York in c1859 has now found its new home in the Department of Physics!

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November & December 2015

There still aren't any visible planets in the evening, however the constellation Cassiopeia is very easy to spot! Forming a tight 'M' or 'W' shape in the sky with 5 fairly bright stars, Cassiopeia is one of the most recognisable constellations present in the early winter sky.

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September & October 2015

Most of the visible planets have unfortunately disappeared from the night sky, however if you're a very early riser you can catch Venus, Jupiter and Mars in the early hours of the morning!

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May & June 2015

Descibed as the planet with 'ears'  by Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei due to its famous rings, Saturn is returning to the evening skies! Although a dimmer planet, Saturn is still visible with the naked eye and shines brightly when observed using a telescope!

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