Have you seen a really bright star in the south over the past few days and wondered what it is? Could it be Jupiter, or Venus, or Sirius maybe? Take a look at our new night sky video which identifies this and many of the other objects you can see in the autumn night skies as seen from the UK.
One of the most interesting variable stars, omicron Ceti, is currently easy to spot in the night sky, after peaking at magnitude 2.3 in mid-August.
The first two asteroids to be discovered, Ceres and Pallas, can both be spotted with binoculars in the night sky this autumn. They should be fairly easy to locate too, since both lie near recognisable asterisms, or star patterns.
Here is a map of the sky as it will appear from the latitude of London (51° 50′) this month, at 22h UT (GMT).
If you’re interested in astronomy, it stands to reason that you need a telescope, and the bigger the better. But for most of us, there’s a lot of research to…
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The SPA runs an annual weekend course where members can observe and learn together.
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The SPA usually holds regular Saturday meetings every three months in London, though these are currently being broadcast online instead due to the coronavirus.