Star Charts

March & April 2015

Is it a plane? Is it a comet? Is it a UFO? Venus has been called all of these things! Venus is the brightest planet in the night sky because, not only is it the closest planet to Earth, it also reflects lots of sunlight from its thick cloudy atmosphere.

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January & February 2015

Jupiter is usually the brightest object in the early evening sky in the late winter, apart from the Moon! Using a telescope or binoculars you can see Jupiter’s four largest moons and make out the bands on the surface of the planet.

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November & December 2014

Moving into winter means we will soon be seeing Jupiter in the evening. The giant planet begins rising at midnight in mid-November and 9pm in mid-December.

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September & October 2014

We are pretty low on planets at this time of year, although Mars still hovers close to the South-West horizon in the evenings. In terms of nonvisible planets though, Uranus will be passing overhead at night and can be seen as a small ‘star’ with binoculars.

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June & July 2014

Mars is a great planet to spot right now as it has just passed close to the Earth in its orbit. It can be found close to the bright star Spica in the South-West.

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March & April 2014

Jupiter is the brightest object (besides the moon) in the evening sky in March and April. It is the largest planet in the Solar System.

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