Get ready for the astronomy highlight of the year and a rare, almost once-in-a-lifetime event – the transit of Venus is a must-witness skywatching experience. Continue reading
The month of May brings with it increasingly longer hours of daylight which does make stargazing more tricky and for the real night owls amongst us who are prepared to stay up into the wee small hours; but there’s always something in the sky to more than justify the effort to look up regularly.
When it comes to constellations, only one other occupies a larger area of our field of vision in the sky than that of the virgin goddess, Virgo (and that’s Hydra – the water snake). Let’s take a closer look then at this patch of our sky and unearth what it has to discover.
Last observed in 2004, the transit of the planet Venus will be one of, if not, the, astronomy event of 2012.
Get outdoors this month on a clear night and you’ll see Saturn, the Lyrids and stars aplenty including those that make up the constellation of Virgo…
If you’re anything like me and intrigued by what lies beyond our planet then you’re going to love these tools that will stimulate your interest further and allow you to navigate the sky!
Let’s take a closer look at the constellation of Leo.
The ‘twins’ are easily identified as two bright points of light close to each other.
Here’s a cool constellation to look for over the winter months in the northern hemisphere – Taurus.
On 3rd March 2012, Mars will be in ‘opposition’ giving planet-watchers a superb opportunity to see the fourth planet from the Sun.