by Peter Williams

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Scruton Sky at Night – March 2022

28th February 2022

Whilst there is always something happening in the night skies, March will be relatively quiet from a viewing point.

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Scruton Sky at Night – February 2022

1st February 2022

There are planets-a-plenty throughout 2022 and in February, Uranus, the seventh planet from the Sun, will be visible in the night sky above the first-quarter Moon on the 7th of the month.

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Scruton Sky at Night

3rd January 2022

On 7 January the planet Mercury reaches its greatest eastern elongation, which means that it appears to us to be in the furthest part of its orbit from the Sun.

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Scruton Sky at Night – December 2021

2nd December 2021

This month there will be a magnificent parade of planets after dark.

Orion constellation

Scruton Sky at Night – November 2021

31st October 2021

The constellation of Orion (The Hunter) is a familiar sight during winter months and is a fine spectacle in the southern sky as it climbs up around midnight.

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Scruton Sky at Night – October 2021

27th September 2021

A New Moon on 6 Oct. means a dark, clear sky compared with the Full Moon on 20 Oct. which will impede viewing, due to its brightness.

Surface of Mars

Scruton Sky at Night – September 2021

30th August 2021

Skies are gradually getting darker, and a New Moon on 7 September means there will be a better opportunity to view the sky since there will be no moonlight to interfere.

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Scruton Sky at Night – July 2021

27th June 2021

The night skies are still very light, making celestial viewing difficult. But with the passing of the Summer Solstice in June we will be gradually getting shorter days and hence darker nights.

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Scruton Sky at Night – June 2021

30th May 2021

The main event in June should not cause a problem, and this is the partial solar eclipse on 10 June. This will be the largest eclipse in the UK for the last 6 years

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Scruton Sky at Night – May 2021

2nd May 2021

After spending the winter months of 2020-21 as a ‘Morning Star’, Venus will emerge into the post-sunset western sky as an ‘Evening Star’ from April.