What Can I See in the Sky in October 2020?

It’s autumn and the Sun is now setting before 7pm which means more time for observing. This is exaggerated even more at the end of the month, when, on the 25th of October summer time ends and the clocks go back 1 hour. October nights can get very chilly so it’s time to start takingContinue reading “What Can I See in the Sky in October 2020?”

Constellations Explained

Many of us have heard of constellations. Often, one may be familiar with a few of them. But what are they and where did they come from? In general, a constellation is a group of stars that are said to resemble a person, animal, mythological being or object. The thing to remember here is thatContinue reading “Constellations Explained”

What Can I See in the Sky in September 2020?

Now that September is here, the nights are getting noticeably longer again. On 1st September, sunset is 20:13 and by 22:25 it is completely dark. The weather in September is usually still mild enough so that you can go out and observe comfortably, although the nights can get chilly so it’s time to start takingContinue reading “What Can I See in the Sky in September 2020?”

What Can I See in the Sky in August 2020?

August is the month that darkness returns. For the sky to be completely dark, the Sun must get at least 18 degrees below the horizon. On 1st August this happens at 00:44 and lasts until 02:26, giving 1 hour 42 mins of darkness. By the end of August this has stretched to 5 hours 48Continue reading “What Can I See in the Sky in August 2020?”

What Can I See in the Sky in July 2020?

For the second month in a row, it doesn’t truly gets dark during July. For the sky to be completely dark, the Sun must get at least 18 degrees below the horizon and this only happens on the last 2 days of July from Ireland. Jupiter and Saturn both reach opposition this month. This isContinue reading “What Can I See in the Sky in July 2020?”

What Can I See in the Sky in June 2020?

It never truly gets dark this month. For the sky to be completely dark, the Sun must get at least 18 degrees below the horizon and this never happens in June from Ireland. The summer solstice occurs this year on 20th June. The summer solstice is the longest day of the year, in terms ofContinue reading “What Can I See in the Sky in June 2020?”

How to see Noctilucent clouds

Noctilucent Clouds, or NCLs for short, are the highest forming clouds on Earth. They form at the very edge of Space, over 80km from the ground. They are very strange and mysterious clouds for a number of reasons. They only form in a band between 50 degrees and 70 degrees north or south of theContinue reading “How to see Noctilucent clouds”

What to See in the Sky in May 2020?

This month sees the evenings growing longer which means there are less hours of darkness. However, as we are entering the summer, evenings are also getting warmer which makes it more comfortable to go out and enjoy the sky. This month, the highlight will be Venus. For the last few months, Venus has been shiningContinue reading “What to See in the Sky in May 2020?”