With National Astronomy Week from 14 to 22 November, many people will want to learn their way around the sky. This video from the SPA will help you find your way around the bright planets and major constellations on view during the month.
Here’s how to find that elusive planet Uranus for yourself. It’s well placed in the sky right now, but it takes a bit of effort – after all, no-one spotted it throughout human history until 1781.
Jupiter and Saturn are dead easy to find this year – you really can’t miss them. But finding the other giant planets, Neptune and Uranus, is much more of a challenge.
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.