There’s a comet around, and for once it is high in the sky and visible all evening. But the downside is that it’s quite faint and small, so don’t expect to spot it from your suburban back garden using binoculars. Read more
Another launch of Starlink satellites took place in the early hours (GMT) of 7 January 2020. Currently the satellites are not visible from the UK, as their passes take place at night when they are not illuminated by the Sun, although they are visible from lower latitudes at twilight. 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 February, 2020, 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.