What’s New

Look at the Red Planet.
The Red Planet has returned to our skies! Every couple of years, Mars is particularly well placed in the evening sky as it reaches the point in its orbit around the Sun known as opposition. This means that the planet lies opposite the Sun in the sky, and that it rises at or around the time of sunset and remains visible throughout the night. Opposition this year was on 8th April so, if you look for a brilliant, reddish point of light in the south-eastern sky, a little way above the bright star Spica in the constellation Virgo, you should catch sight of the Red Planet putting on its cosmic show! If you have problems locating Mars, don’t worry, as you can let the Moon be your guide! The nearly-full Moon will be close to Mars and Spica during late-evening on 14th April, as it will be during late-evening on 11th May, and again on 7th June, when the crescent Moon will be seen just below Mars in the early-evening.

Check out the Moon and Venus.
On the morning of Wednesday 26th February the waning crescent Moon will be seen very close to Venus in the pre-dawn (and hopefully cloud-free) south eastern sky. An impressive sight for early risers!