Northern Lights – tonight!


(Photo: Blackford Hill by Sarah White)

Saturday 23rd March 2019

Northern Lights may be visible in Scotland where cloud breaks tonight between 6pm and 9pm, Northern England should look up just case you might glimpse.

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Last Super Moon of 2019


Thursday 21st March 2019 – Moon rising @ 18:54 / 6.54pm
The last super moon of 2019 will be visible tonight, occur at the same time with the spring equinox.

Its will be the final of this year 2019, and the next one for super moon will be on 9th February 2020 – next year!

Tonight full moon can be observed with the naked eye and
don’t require any special equipment but this is a good opportunity
for photography!

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Spring Equinox


Wednesday 20th March 2019 @ 21:58 / 9.51pm
Spring begins in Northern Hemisphere!

Equinox means a time when the sun is positioned directly above the equator, and only today daylight and night are approximately equal in length (12 hours day / 12 hours night), an event that only occurs twice a year – see the diagram below.
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Ganymeda’s large shadow


Monday 18th March 2019 – 4am
For the telescope user;
Ganymede’s large shadow begins to cross Jupiter at 04:10am to reach
the centre at 05:30am – good opportunity for photography.

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Lunar X


Wednesday 13th March 2019
The first-quarter moon reveals the Lunar “X” surrounded by crater,
can you spot the “X” on the moon?

Lunar X is easily visible in binoculars or small telescopes.

 

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The Moon, Mars and M45


Monday 11th March 2019 (6pm – 10.30pm)
Look up tonight after sunset to see Mars make a close approach to the crescent moon (5 days old), you can also spot the Pleiades star cluster above.

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Spot a thin Moon (only 1% moonlit)


Thursday 7th March 2019
Spot a thin Moon after sunsets in the evening.

Equipment: naked-eye / binocular (Photography opportunity)
Direction: Looking west (252 degree by a compass)
Best time: 17:45 / 5.45pm – 18:15 / 6.15pm – only up for 40 minutes following the sunsets @ 17:46 / 5.46pm.

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Venus and Moon


Saturday 2nd March 2019 @ 06:00 / 6am

The Moon and Venus will make a close approach.

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Zodiacal Light


(Photo taken at AstroAdventure Astronomy Holidays in Devon by Derek Rowley – February 2015)

Best time to see:  3rd – 6th March and 23rd – 31st March 2019

The Zodiacal Light is a good target for the naked-eye because of its large size,
another way to capture by using a camera fitted with a wide-angle lens.

Zodiacal Light
It’s produced by the dust when along the plane of the ecliptic scatters sunlight to make the result in a white glow stretching along the ecliptic from the Sun below the horizon.

More information: 
The Zodiacal Light

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Moon, Saturn and Jupiter


Thursday 28th February  / Friday 1st March 2019 @ 06:00 / 6am
Moon and Saturn on Friday 1st March, will be close enough to fit within the field of view of a telescope, but will also be visible to the naked eye or through a pair of binoculars.

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