MY FAVOURITE CARTOON AS A BOY..

Thursday, June 28, 2007

THE PLANETS IN JULY

This is going to sound a little rich, what with the weather (and forecasts) at the moment - (and on that subject, my weather-forecasting Swifts haven't got much higher since monday... keep your sandbags handy for the weekend!) but a little information for you, should we get the odd clear night in July.

Venus (the evening star at the moment) is at its brilliant best in the west right now. By mid July though, it will be gone - so make the most of it while you can. It will appear as a clear crescent through a small telescope or a pair of decent binoculars...

Saturn is directly above Venus at present, in the western sky at nightfall - and it will move further and further to the right of venus as the month goes on. A small telescope will show you its rings very nicely. (see my second ever post).

Jupiter is a bright (non flickering (planet - not star)) light in the south. Worth looking at through a pair of binoculars again (hold 'em steady) as you will be able to make out probably four of the giant planet's moons.

No comments: