As we move into the long and dark nights of December 2019, there are two features of the sky to penetrate the gloom – the International Space Station and the planet Venus. Read more
The SPA holds regular Saturday meetings every three months in London.
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Messier’s Heritage – Observing his deep-sky objects 22–24 November 2019. Course now over – see what you missed!
Here is a map of the sky as it will appear from the latitude of London (51° 50′) in mid December, 2019, at 22h UT (GMT).
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!
If you’re interested in astronomy, it stands to reason that you need a telescope, and the bigger the better.