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Night Sky in October

If you managed to find Neptune last month, then Uranus this month should be easy. It is bigger, brighter, further north, and has more reasonably bright stars nearby to help the star hopping. Uranus has for some years been making its way along the tail of Pisces, the constellation below the square of Pegasus. The map below shows  - with a blue dot - where it has got to this year. You should be able to identify it by position in binoculars or with a finder scope. Any reasonable size telescope should confirm the find by revealing the blue colour and small disc.     You may have...

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Eclipse of the Moon Monday 28 September

On (very!) early Monday morning we  have a good chance to see a total eclipse of the moon. These take place when the earth gets exactly in between the sun and moon in the sky. Once a month, at full moon, the moon, earth and sun are approximately lined up in this way, but because the moon's orbit of the earth is not quite in the same plane as the earth's orbit around the sun, on most months the moon misses the earth's shadow. But this month the moon will go straight through it, and, if our skies are clear, we will see it looking very different. When seen from the earth, the moon and sun have...

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