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Future Events The night sky here at any time of the year is full of beautiful sights and some surprises. Events such as  auroras or comets are unpredictable, but when visible will be highlighted on the Home Page and full details  will be posted here. As they are observed further details will be posted on the Events Page.  If you are planning a trip to the Galloway Astronomy Centre the following astronomical events may help in  deciding when to book.  2017 Jan 4th - Quadrantid Meteor Shower (early morning)  Jan 12th - Venus at Greatest Eastern Elongation Jan 19th - Mercury at Greatest Western Elongation Jan 31st - Conjunction of Mercury, Venus & Moon March 1st - Conjunction of Mercury, Uranus, Venus & Moon April 1st - Mercury at Greatest Eastern Elongation  May 17th - Mercury at Greatest Western Elongation  June 3rd - Venus at Greatest Western Elongation July 30th - Mercury at Greatest Eastern Elongation  Aug 12th - Perseid Meteor Shower (Moon effected)  Sept 12th - Mercury at Greatest Western Elongation Sept 17th - Conjunction of Mercury & Mars Sept 19th - String of planets at dawn - Moon, Mercury, Mars & Venus in Leo Oct 5th / 6th - Conjunction of Mercury & Venus Oct 21st - Orionid Meteor Shower Nov 4th - Taurid Meteor Shower (Moon effected)  Nov 13th - Conjunction of Venus and Jupiter Nov 17th - Leonid Meteor Shower maximum (19.00UT)  November 24th - Mercury at Greatest Eastern Elongation  Dec 14th - Geminid Meteor Shower maximum (02.00UT)  Dec 23rd - Ursid Meteor Shower   As a scale 30 arcmins is the size of the full Moon  Comets in 2017  The following comets are visible during 2017. A new comets may be discovered at any time, details will be  listed here.  45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova   At perihelion at the end of 2016 and has a brief observing window in the evening twilight at the beginning of  January. It emerges from solar conjunction at the beginning of February on its way to passing 0.08 au from  the Earth on February 11.  It could be a  binocular object as it moves rapidly across the sky during February.   Though it is initially a morning object, it quickly moves into the evening sky after closest approach, but by  then begins to fade fast.  It passes a few degrees from M3 in mid February  41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak  It passes 0.14 AU from the  Earth in late March.  The comet should be conveniently visible from the UK in  the  morning sky from the beginning of the year until July. It could be a binocular object from March until  June, and possibly a naked eye object around the time of its close approach. A wide-field imaging  opportunity comes at the end of April when the comet passes 5° from M92 in Hercules.   2015 V2 (Johnson) The comet could come into visual range in late 2016 and be well placed for viewing from the UK prior to  perihelion in June, reaching around 6th or 7th magnitude. A morning object at the start of the year, it is  sufficiently high in northern skies by February to be visible in the late evening, when it could be visible in  large binoculars.  It reaches opposition at the end of May, when it should be an easy binocular object  More details, maps and sightings can be found on Comets page.  Moon Phases 2017 New Moon First Quarter Full Moon Last Quarter ---                 Jan 5  Jan 12  Jan 19      Jan 28 Feb 4 Feb 11 Feb 18 Feb 26   Mar 5 Mar 12 Mar 20 Mar 28 Apr 3 Apr 11 Apr 19 Apr 26 May 3 May 10 May 19 May 25 Jun 1 Jun 9 Jun 17 Jun 24 Jul 1 Jul 9 Jul 16 Jul 23 Jul 30   Aug 7 Aug 15 Aug 21 Aug 29 Sep 6 Sep 13 Sep 20 Sep 28 Oct 5 Oct 12 Oct 19 Oct 27 Nov 4 Nov 10 Nov 18 Nov 26 Dec 3 Dec 10 Dec 18 Dec 26 --- --- - - 5 Days either side of the New Moon will always give the darkest skies. This is needed for seeing fainter  nebulae and galaxies. Planets (when visible) and brighter star clusters can be viewed at any phase of the  Moon.
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© Galloway Astronomy Centre 2016                                    All images are copyright – M Alexander unless otherwise stated
Future Events The night sky here at any time of the year is full of beautiful  sights and some surprises. Events such as auroras or comets  are unpredictable, but when visible will be highlighted on the  Home Page and full details will be posted here. As they are  observed further details will be posted on the Events Page.  If you are planning a trip to the Galloway Astronomy Centre  the following astronomical events may help in deciding when  to book. 2017 Jan 4th - Quadrantid Meteor Shower (early morning)  Jan 12th - Venus at Greatest Eastern Elongation Jan 19th - Mercury at Greatest Western Elongation Jan 31st - Conjunction of Mercury, Venus & Moon March 1st - Conjunction of Mercury, Uranus, Venus & Moon April 1st - Mercury at Greatest Eastern Elongation  May 17th - Mercury at Greatest Western Elongation  June 3rd - Venus at Greatest Western Elongation July 30th - Mercury at Greatest Eastern Elongation  Aug 12th - Perseid Meteor Shower (Moon effected)  Sept 12th - Mercury at Greatest Western Elongation Sept 17th - Conjunction of Mercury & Mars Sept 19th - String of planets at dawn - Moon, Mercury, Mars  & Venus in Leo Oct 5th / 6th - Conjunction of Mercury & Venus Oct 21st - Orionid Meteor Shower Nov 4th - Taurid Meteor Shower (Moon effected)  Nov 13th - Conjunction of Venus and Jupiter Nov 17th - Leonid Meteor Shower maximum (19.00UT)  November 24th - Mercury at Greatest Eastern Elongation  Dec 14th - Geminid Meteor Shower maximum (02.00UT)  Dec 23rd - Ursid Meteor Shower   As a scale 30 arcmins is the size of the full Moon  Comets in 2017  The following comets are visible during 2017. A new comets  may be discovered at any time, details will be listed here.  45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova   At perihelion at the end of 2016 and has a brief observing  window in the evening twilight at the beginning of January. It  emerges from solar conjunction at the beginning of February  on its way to passing 0.08 au from the Earth on February 11.   It could be a  binocular object as it moves rapidly across the  sky during February.  Though it is initially a morning object, it  quickly moves into the evening sky after closest approach,  but by then begins to fade fast.  It passes a few degrees from  M3 in mid February  41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak  It passes 0.14 AU from the  Earth in late March.  The comet  should be conveniently visible from the UK in the  morning  sky from the beginning of the year until July. It could be a  binocular object from March until June, and possibly a naked  eye object around the time of its close approach. A wide-field  imaging opportunity comes at the end of April when the  comet passes 5° from M92 in Hercules.   2015 V2 (Johnson) The comet could come into visual range in late 2016 and be  well placed for viewing from the UK prior to perihelion in  June, reaching around 6th or 7th magnitude. A morning  object at the start of the year, it is sufficiently high in  northern skies by February to be visible in the late evening,  when it could be visible in large binoculars.  It reaches  opposition at the end of May, when it should be an easy  binocular object  More details, maps and sightings can be found on Comets  page.  Moon Phases 2017 New Moon First Quarter Full Moon Last Quarter ---                 Jan 5  Jan 12  Jan 19      Jan 28 Feb 4 Feb 11 Feb 18 Feb 26   Mar 5 Mar 12 Mar 20 Mar 28 Apr 3 Apr 11 Apr 19 Apr 26 May 3 May 10 May 19 May 25 Jun 1 Jun 9 Jun 17 Jun 24 Jul 1 Jul 9 Jul 16 Jul 23 Jul 30   Aug 7 Aug 15 Aug 21 Aug 29 Sep 6 Sep 13 Sep 20 Sep 28 Oct 5 Oct 12 Oct 19 Oct 27 Nov 4 Nov 10 Nov 18 Nov 26 Dec 3 Dec 10 Dec 18 Dec 26 --- --- - - 5 Days either side of the New Moon will always give the  darkest skies. This is needed for seeing fainter nebulae and  galaxies. Planets (when visible) and brighter star clusters can  be viewed at any phase of the Moon. 
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Future Events The night sky here at any time of the year is full of beautiful  sights and some surprises. Events such as auroras or comets are  unpredictable, but when visible will be highlighted on the Home  Page and full details will be posted here. As they are observed  further details will be posted on the Events Page.  If you are planning a trip to the Galloway Astronomy Centre the  following astronomical events may help in deciding when to book.  2017 Jan 4th - Quadrantid Meteor Shower (early morning)  Jan 12th - Venus at Greatest Eastern Elongation Jan 19th - Mercury at Greatest Western Elongation Jan 31st - Conjunction of Mercury, Venus & Moon March 1st - Conjunction of Mercury, Uranus, Venus & Moon April 1st - Mercury at Greatest Eastern Elongation  May 17th - Mercury at Greatest Western Elongation  June 3rd - Venus at Greatest Western Elongation July 30th - Mercury at Greatest Eastern Elongation  Aug 12th - Perseid Meteor Shower (Moon effected)  Sept 12th - Mercury at Greatest Western Elongation Sept 17th - Conjunction of Mercury & Mars Sept 19th - String of planets at dawn - Moon, Mercury, Mars &  Venus in Leo Oct 5th / 6th - Conjunction of Mercury & Venus Oct 21st - Orionid Meteor Shower Nov 4th - Taurid Meteor Shower (Moon effected)  Nov 13th - Conjunction of Venus and Jupiter Nov 17th - Leonid Meteor Shower maximum (19.00UT)  November 24th - Mercury at Greatest Eastern Elongation  Dec 14th - Geminid Meteor Shower maximum (02.00UT)  Dec 23rd - Ursid Meteor Shower   As a scale 30 arcmins is the size of the full Moon  Comets in 2017  The following comets are visible during 2017. A new comets may  be discovered at any time, details will be listed here.  45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova   At perihelion at the end of 2016 and has a brief observing  window in the evening twilight at the beginning of January. It  emerges from solar conjunction at the beginning of February on  its way to passing 0.08 au from the Earth on February 11.  It  could be a  binocular object as it moves rapidly across the sky  during February.  Though it is initially a morning object, it quickly  moves into the evening sky after closest approach, but by then  begins to fade fast.  It passes a few degrees from M3 in mid  February  41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak  It passes 0.14 AU from the  Earth in late March.  The comet  should be conveniently visible from the UK in the  morning sky  from the beginning of the year until July. It could be a binocular  object from March until June, and possibly a naked eye object  around the time of its close approach. A wide-field imaging  opportunity comes at the end of April when the comet passes 5°  from M92 in Hercules.   2015 V2 (Johnson) The comet could come into visual range in late 2016 and be well  placed for viewing from the UK prior to perihelion in June,  reaching around 6th or 7th magnitude. A morning object at the  start of the year, it is sufficiently high in northern skies by  February to be visible in the late evening, when it could be visible  in large binoculars.  It reaches opposition at the end of May,  when it should be an easy binocular object  More details, maps and sightings can be found on Comets page.  Moon Phases 2017 New Moon First Quarter Full Moon Last Quarter ---                 Jan 5  Jan 12  Jan 19      Jan 28 Feb 4 Feb 11 Feb 18 Feb 26   Mar 5 Mar 12 Mar 20 Mar 28 Apr 3 Apr 11 Apr 19 Apr 26 May 3 May 10 May 19 May 25 Jun 1 Jun 9 Jun 17 Jun 24 Jul 1 Jul 9 Jul 16 Jul 23 Jul 30   Aug 7 Aug 15 Aug 21 Aug 29 Sep 6 Sep 13 Sep 20 Sep 28 Oct 5 Oct 12 Oct 19 Oct 27 Nov 4 Nov 10 Nov 18 Nov 26 Dec 3 Dec 10 Dec 18 Dec 26 --- --- - - 5 Days either side of the New Moon will always give the darkest  skies. This is needed for seeing fainter nebulae and galaxies.  Planets (when visible) and brighter star clusters can be viewed at  any phase of the Moon.
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