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April Night Sky

Mars comes to opposition in Virgo on 8 April. Its angular diameter will be about 15" (less than half Jupiter's), and brightness -1.4. It is quite far south in the sky, culminating at a little over 30 degrees. Mars is a frustrating planet for northern observers. Its orbit is quite elliptical, and because it is the next planet out from the sun from us , this means there is a big range in its distance, and hence apparent size, at opposition. This opposition is a relatively distant one, and quite far south. The closest oppositions are when it is in Sagittarius or Capricornus, which is pretty hopeless...

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Report to Herschel Society AGM

I gave a report of our activities to the William Herschel Society AGM a week or so ago. The report, and the Observing¬†Log which underlies it, are both below.   Bath Astronomers final Draft report to the 2014 AGM of the Herschel Society.   Bath Astronomers Observing Log 2013

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