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January Night Sky

The lively weather over the past few weeks has been quite tantalising. When the night sky does clear between storms it has often been very transparent, which means that you can see a good range of stars with the naked eye even near the centre of a city like Bath. But the wind is problematic for observing unless you can find a sheltered spot, well apart from any concerns about the next shower it might bring! One attractive target in January for a quick look or longer explore is the set of 3 bright open clusters in Auriga – M36,M37, and M38 (map above). Auriga is almost overhead at about...

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