Scruton Sky at Night
by Peter Williams
There is no true night during June in Scruton; the sky is not black but rather a beautiful velvet deep blue, merging to turquoise on the northern horizon. Look out for Noctilucent Clouds in the hour before and after midnight, as they catch the light of the midnight sun.
Twilight begins to persist all night with no truly dark nights until the end of July. Now is a good time to see Noctilucent Clouds. These are thin, high clouds of ice crystals that catch the light of the sun, which even at midnight is not far below the northern horizon.
Venus continues to dominate the western sky throughout April and will be very close to the open cluster of the Pleiades from 1st to 5th of the month with the best view being on 2 April. Through binoculars this will be a fantastic sight with the many stars of the cluster, and you should be…
The second of this year’s ‘supermoons’ will occur on the evening of 9 March. On the morning of 19 March at around 6 am there will be a very thin crescent moon with several planets adjacent as shown in the image below. You should at least be able to see Jupiter & Mars.
On the evening of 8 February we will witness the first of four “supermoons” occurring in 2020. Supermoons are also know as wolf moon, hunters moon or harvest moon but the astronomically correct name is perigee full moon.