The brightest asteroid, Vesta, is putting in an appearance in the sky this spring. You can find it easily using binoculars, in the constellation of Leo, the Lion.
The International Space Station is making a spectacular series of evening passes over the UK, continuing until the first week in February. You can view it from your back garden as long as you have a good view of the sky, so there’s no need to travel anywhere to see it.
This January, finding the planet Uranus with binoculars is made much easier because there’s a brilliant pointer right beside it – Mars. It’s like having a big arrow in the sky showing you where to look.
Here is a map of the sky as it will appear from the latitude of London (51° 50′) this month, at 22h UT (GMT).
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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.