What Can I See in the Sky in September 2021?

Now that September is here, the nights are getting noticeably longer again. On 1st September, sunset is 20:16 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 2021?”

What Can I See in the Sky in August 2021?

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 00:46 and lasts until 02:24, 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 2021?”

What Can I See in the Sky in June 2021?

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 21st June. The summer solstice is the longest day of the year, in terms ofContinue reading “What Can I See in the Sky in June 2021?”

What to See in the Sky in May 2021?

This month sees the evenings grow longer which means 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 which is returning to the evening sky and will be visibleContinue reading “What to See in the Sky in May 2021?”

What Can I See in the Sky in March 2021?

The month of March is upon us which means it’s officially spring. The spring equinox occurs on 20th March. This is the time when the Sun crosses the celestial equator and the length of the day and night are equal. After this the nights will be shorter than the days. In Ireland, the clocks alsoContinue reading “What Can I See in the Sky in March 2021?”

A Beginner’s Guide to Star Gazing

Many of us have gone outside and wondered about the night sky but how can you get the best out of that experience? You don’t need a lot of equipment to enjoy the night sky. This post will give you some tips to get started with star gazing. Before you step outside one of theContinue reading “A Beginner’s Guide to Star Gazing”

What Can I See in the Sky in January 2021?

We have now passed the winter solstice and although we won’t really notice it yet, the days are starting to get longer. Despite this, we are still in the depths of winter and January is one of the coldest months of the year. You would expect that the coldest days of the year would coincideContinue reading “What Can I See in the Sky in January 2021?”