Celestial treats summary for 2020, including planetary line-ups in the dawn and night skies, an Occultation of Venus by the Moon, Jupiter and Saturn coming to Opposition, Planet Vesta meeting the Beehive Cluster, and Mars at Opposition...
  [Read more about 2020 – A brief look ahead]

In this month's edition:

  • Planetary Skylights: Venus, Mercury, Uranus, Mars and Jupiter
  • Meteors: Quadrantids
  • Penumbral Lunar Eclipse
  • Earth reaches Perihelion
  • December 2020 Sky Charts

In this month's edition:

  • Planetary Skylights: Jupiter, Saturn, Venus, Uranus, Neptune, Mercury, Mars... and stilll Vesta.
  • Meteors: Geminids, Ursids
  • December 2019 Sky Charts

In this month's edition:

  • Transit of Merury
  • Planetary Skylights: Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Mars... and Vesta.
  • Meteors: Leonics, South and North Taurids
  • November 2019 Sky Charts

In this month's edition:

  • Planetary Skylights: Jupiter, Saturn and Mercury
  • Comet: 2018 W2 (Africano)
  • October 2019 Sky Charts

In this month's edition:

  • Planetary Skylights: Jupiter, Saturn and Mercury
  • Comet: 2018 W2 (Africano)
  • Autumnal Equinox 2019
  • September 2019 Sky Charts

In this month's edition:

  • Planetary Skylights: Jupiter, Saturn and Mercury
  • Meteors: Perseids
  • August 2019 Sky Charts

Sky Notes - July 2019

In this month's edition:

  • Planetary Skylights: Earth's aphelion, Jupiter and Saturn
  • Partial Luar Eclipse
  • Meteors: Capri-Cornids, Alpha Cygnids and Delta-Aquarids
  • July 2019 Sky Charts

Sky Notes - June 2019

In this month's edition:

  • Planetary Skylights: Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Saturn
  • Meteors: Ophiuchids, June Lyrids
  • Summer Solstice
  • Noctilucent Cloud
  • June 2019 Sky Charts

Chief star in Hydra - the traditional name Alphard is from the Arabic (al-fard), "The Solitary One", no doubt because there are no other bright stars in Alphard’s immediate vicinity.  The European astronomer Tycho Brahe dubbed it Cor Hydrae, Latin for 'the heart of Hydra'.  At magnitude +1.8 Alphard is a ‘bright’ second magnitude star and lies approximately 177 light years away. [Read more about Crossing the Line: objects of the month]

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