Spotlight on Venus

As the Earth’s nearest neighbour, Venus is one of the easiest planets to spot in the night sky. Named after the Roman goddess of love, it shines resplendently, often just after sunset or before sunrise. This week, it will be particularly bright, as it reaches its greatest brightness in the dawn sky of the 8th. …

Comets and Observing them

Comet C/2017 T2 PANSTARRS is in the sky this month. As a long-period comet, you won’t have another chance to see it, so catch a glimpse while you can! Here’s a short guide to comets and how best to observe them. What is a comet? Throughout history, comets have been given scientific and mystical importance …

Conjunctions in Astronomy

This Sunday 26th April, the three-day-old Moon will be in conjunction with the brightest planet, Venus. Conjunctions are a brilliant example of astronomical phenomena you can observe from your back garden with your own two eyes! They occur when astronomical objects appear close to each other in the sky. When these objects are particularly bright, …