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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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