Sky Notes and next Observing Evening

The night are starting to draw in, and the skies will be dark enough for evening stargazing around next month.  Meanwhile, August is still good for observing planets, with Mars, Saturn and Jupiter all visible well before midnight.  Here’s the southern horizon at about 10pm mid-August:

Look out for the Perseids annual meteor shower which will peak overnight on Sunday 12th.  No guarantees of how many you’ll see, but there will be no Moon in the sky so a clear night could repay a couple of hours’ viewing. 

Don’t forget to look at Ian Morison’s Sky Notes on the Jodrell Bank website.

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  • Date: no more organised observing evenings until darkness descends on Kendal once again… say October.