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A nova has appeared in the constellation of Cassiopeia. Novae are stars that suddenly undergo an increase in brightness of typically over a thousand-fold, so what looks like a new star appears. In this case, the nova is 8th magnitude, which is visible using binoculars. The star is likely to fade over a period of weeks.
Want to learn the spring sky in less than ten minutes? Take a look at our new video, recorded in a real sky, showing the spring sky as you’ll see it during late March into April as seen from the UK.
About 300 grams of meteorites have been collected in Gloucestershire following the fireball of 28 February, which was widely reported from around the UK and even from the Netherlands. And…
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…
Whatever your interests, we’ve a section to suit you. Get expert advice and send in your own observations.
The SPA runs an annual weekend course where members can observe and learn together.
Learning the sky might seem tricky at first. There are so many stars, and unlike visiting a new town or city, the stars keep on moving around! But don’t give up! With…
The SPA usually holds regular Saturday meetings every three months in London, though these are currently being broadcast online instead due to the coronavirus.