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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. 2018 Jan 1   Mercury at Greatest western elongation (evening) Jan 3   Quadrantid Meteor Shower (Moon effected) Jan 7   Conjunction of Mars and Jupiter (7.30UT) Mar 15  Mercury at Greatest eastern elongation (morning) Mar 18  Moon, Mercury & Venus in conjunction (evening) Apr 22  Lyrid Meteor Shower (moon effected until after moonset midnight 21st Apr) Apr 29   Mercury at Greatest western elongation (morning) July 14  Mercury and Moon 5 deg apart. Visible in daylight July 16  Venus and Moon 5 deg apart. Visible in daylight July 27  Total Lunar Eclipse - Moon rises already eclipsed at 21.00UT and event ends 23.15UT. Aug 13   Perseid Meteor Shower (01.00ut) Aug 17   Venus at Greatest eastern elongation  (morning) Aug 26   Mercury at Greatest western elongation  (evening) Oct 21    Orionid Meteor Shower (moon effected until after moonset 04.00UT) Nov 5     S Taurid Meteor Shower (18.00UT) Nov 12   N Taurid Meteor Shower (17.00UT) Nov 17    Leonid Meteor Shower maximum Dec 13    Geminid Meteor Shower maximu0m Dec 22    Ursid Meteor Shower (21.00UT) As a scale 30 arcmins is the size of the full Moon 2018 Comets There will be 5 bright comets in 2018, more than have been seen in recent years. Most often comets do not show much of a tail and look like round fuzzy blobs. In dark skies with little light pollution a 7th magnitude (mag) comet should be visible in binoculars or small telescope. A 5th mag comet or brighter will be visible to the unaided eye. A Comet is highly unpredictable and can brighten or fade rapidly so it is worth watching it on a regular basis. C/2017 T1 Heinze 28th Dec 2017 to 31st Jan 2018 comet visible before dawn moving between Gemini and Cancer 11th mag. 3rd Jan to 19th Jan 2018 look for 10th mag object in Lynx (on 3rd) moving towards Cassiopeia (7th to 10th) 5th to 7th Jan 2018 comet is at its brightest. 17th Jan to 22nd Jan 2018 it will only be a visible for a few more days in the evening. Comet 21P Giacobini Zinner It may be difficult to see this comet at first unless your skies get dark during the Summer. 14th July reaches 10th mag passing close to zeta Cepheus.. 5th Aug our dark skies return making the 8.5 mag comet easier to see in Cassiopeia. 22nd Aug to 5th Sept bright moonlight makes it difficult to see. 6th Sept the comet should be easy to see in the dark skies. 14th Sept the comet is closest to the Earth at 36 million miles. In Gemini after this date it slowly fades. 24th Sept until 3rd Oct bright moonlight makes it difficult to see. 12th Oct the comet passes 7 degrees west of Sirius in Canes Major it is still quite bright at 8th mag. It continues towards the horizon and is probably lost by 23rd Oct. It is worth watching the comet throughout its apparition as on previous visits it has had outbursts to 5th mag. There are some photo opportunities as the comet passes M35 on 15th Sept, the Rosette Nebula on 25th Sept and Cone Nebula on 27th Sept. C/2017 S3 PanSTARRS Probably the most difficult of all the comets to see at it remains quite close to the Sun.  22nd July the comet is at 10th mag in Auriga the dawn sky which may be too bright for it to be seen. It will brighten as it gets closer too the Sun but may remain difficult in the dawn light. This comet is a new discovery and likely to be its first trip close to the Sun. There is always the possibility that the heat of the Sun could cause a major outburst of activity or even break the comet apart. Comet 38P Stephan / Oterman This comet takes 38 years to orbit the Sun so has not been seen since 1980, so it is worth seeking it out. 22nd Sept before dawn the comet will be close to Lambda Orion at 11th mag requiring a large telescope. 14 degrees to the West will be Comet 21P Giacobini Zinner much brighter at 7.3mag. 24th Sept to 3rd Oct bright moonlight returns 4th to 19th Oct the comet moves westwards reaching Gamma Gemini on 19th when its 9.8 mag bringing it within range of small telescopes. 22nd Oct to 1st Nov bright moonlight makes it difficult to see. 2nd to 22nd Nov the comet moves along Gemini passing 3 deg below Pollux on 21st Nov. When it as its brightest of 9th mag 23rd to 29th Nov bright moonlight makes it difficult to see. 30th Nov to 31st Dec the comet moves north towards Lynx fading to 10th mag by the end of the year. 22nd to 28th Dec bright moonlight returns Comet 46P Wirtanen This comet is know to be a very active comet so should put on a good display. 28th Nov the comet is 5 mag but very low on the southern horizon between Eridanus (River) and Cetus (Whale). 6th Dec the comet passes Eta Eridanus at 4.3mag so any easy naked eye object. 12th Dec passes close to Omicron Taurus at 3.9mag 17th Dec the comet passes 3 deg west of the Pleiades at its brightest of 3.8mg 22nd to 28th Dec bright moonlight makes it difficult to see. 23rd Dec the comet is less than 1 deg south of Capella in Auriga at 4.2 mag slowly fading. 31st Dec the comet is 5 mag and 1 deg below the star 15 Lynx. On the same day Comet 38P Stephan / Oterman at 9 mag is in the same constellation 3 deg below 31 Lynx. 11th Jan 2019 the comet passes Omicron Ursa Major (the nose of the Great Bear) at 6mag. 17th Jan 2019 is the 71st anniversary of discovery by Carl Wirtanen it will still be an easy object in small telescopes. 14th Feb 2019 passing Theta Ursa Major the comet fades to 9 mag It should remain visible in larger telescopes until mid March 2019. Further details on these comets and track maps can be found on the COMETS page Moon Phases 2018   New Moon First Quarter Full Moon Last Quarter   - - Jan 2 Jan 8   Jan 17 Jan 24 Jan 31 Feb 7   Feb 15 Feb 23 Mar 2 Mar 9   Mar 17 Mar 24 Mar 31 Apr 8   Apr 16 Apr 22 Apr 30 May 8   May 15 May 22 May 29 Jun 6   Jun 13 Jun 20 Jun 28 Jul 6   Jul 13 Jul 19 Jul 27 Aug 4   Aug 11 Aug 18 Aug 26 Sep 3   Sep 9 Sep 16 Sep 25 Oct 2   Oct 9 Oct 16 Oct 24 Oct 31   Nov 7 Nov 15 Nov 23 Nov 30   Dec 7 Dec 15 Dec 22 Dec 29 - - 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 2018                                   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. 2018 Jan 1   Mercury at Greatest western elongation (evening) Jan 3   Quadrantid Meteor Shower (Moon effected) Jan 7   Conjunction of Mars and Jupiter (7.30UT) Mar 15  Mercury at Greatest eastern elongation (morning) Mar 18  Moon, Mercury & Venus in conjunction (evening) Apr 22  Lyrid Meteor Shower (moon effected until after moonset midnight 21st Apr) Apr 29   Mercury at Greatest western elongation (morning) July 14  Mercury and Moon 5 deg apart. Visible in daylight July 16  Venus and Moon 5 deg apart. Visible in daylight July 27  Total Lunar Eclipse - Moon rises already eclipsed at 21.00UT and event ends 23.15UT. Aug 13   Perseid Meteor Shower (01.00ut) Aug 17   Venus at Greatest eastern elongation  (morning) Aug 26   Mercury at Greatest western elongation  (evening) Oct 21    Orionid Meteor Shower (moon effected until after moonset 04.00UT) Nov 5     S Taurid Meteor Shower (18.00UT) Nov 12   N Taurid Meteor Shower (17.00UT) Nov 17    Leonid Meteor Shower maximum Dec 13    Geminid Meteor Shower maximu0m Dec 22    Ursid Meteor Shower (21.00UT) As a scale 30 arcmins is the size of the full Moon 2018 Comets There will be 5 bright comets in 2018, more than have been seen in recent years. Most often comets do not show much of a tail and look like round fuzzy blobs. In dark skies with little light pollution a 7th magnitude (mag) comet should be visible in binoculars or small telescope. A 5th mag comet or brighter will be visible to the unaided eye. A Comet is highly unpredictable and can brighten or fade rapidly so it is worth watching it on a regular basis. C/2017 T1 Heinze 28th Dec 2017 to 31st Jan 2018 comet visible before dawn moving between Gemini and Cancer 11th mag. 3rd Jan to 19th Jan 2018 look for 10th mag object in Lynx (on 3rd) moving towards Cassiopeia (7th to 10th) 5th to 7th Jan 2018 comet is at its brightest. 17th Jan to 22nd Jan 2018 it will only be a visible for a few more days in the evening. Comet 21P Giacobini Zinner It may be difficult to see this comet at first unless your skies get dark during the Summer. 14th July reaches 10th mag passing close to zeta Cepheus.. 5th Aug our dark skies return making the 8.5 mag comet easier to see in Cassiopeia. 22nd Aug to 5th Sept bright moonlight makes it difficult to see. 6th Sept the comet should be easy to see in the dark skies. 14th Sept the comet is closest to the Earth at 36 million miles. In Gemini after this date it slowly fades. 24th Sept until 3rd Oct bright moonlight makes it difficult to see. 12th Oct the comet passes 7 degrees west of Sirius in Canes Major it is still quite bright at 8th mag. It continues towards the horizon and is probably lost by 23rd Oct. It is worth watching the comet throughout its apparition as on previous visits it has had outbursts to 5th mag. There are some photo opportunities as the comet passes M35 on 15th Sept, the Rosette Nebula on 25th Sept and Cone Nebula on 27th Sept. C/2017 S3 PanSTARRS Probably the most difficult of all the comets to see at it remains quite close to the Sun.  22nd July the comet is at 10th mag in Auriga the dawn sky which may be too bright for it to be seen. It will brighten as it gets closer too the Sun but may remain difficult in the dawn light. This comet is a new discovery and likely to be its first trip close to the Sun. There is always the possibility that the heat of the Sun could cause a major outburst of activity or even break the comet apart. Comet 38P Stephan / Oterman This comet takes 38 years to orbit the Sun so has not been seen since 1980, so it is worth seeking it out. 22nd Sept before dawn the comet will be close to Lambda Orion at 11th mag requiring a large telescope. 14 degrees to the West will be Comet 21P Giacobini Zinner much brighter at 7.3mag. 24th Sept to 3rd Oct bright moonlight returns 4th to 19th Oct the comet moves westwards reaching Gamma Gemini on 19th when its 9.8 mag bringing it within range of small telescopes. 22nd Oct to 1st Nov bright moonlight makes it difficult to see. 2nd to 22nd Nov the comet moves along Gemini passing 3 deg below Pollux on 21st Nov. When it as its brightest of 9th mag 23rd to 29th Nov bright moonlight makes it difficult to see. 30th Nov to 31st Dec the comet moves north towards Lynx fading to 10th mag by the end of the year. 22nd to 28th Dec bright moonlight returns Comet 46P Wirtanen This comet is know to be a very active comet so should put on a good display. 28th Nov the comet is 5 mag but very low on the southern horizon between Eridanus (River) and Cetus (Whale). 6th Dec the comet passes Eta Eridanus at 4.3mag so any easy naked eye object. 12th Dec passes close to Omicron Taurus at 3.9mag 17th Dec the comet passes 3 deg west of the Pleiades at its brightest of 3.8mg 22nd to 28th Dec bright moonlight makes it difficult to see. 23rd Dec the comet is less than 1 deg south of Capella in Auriga at 4.2 mag slowly fading. 31st Dec the comet is 5 mag and 1 deg below the star 15 Lynx. On the same day Comet 38P Stephan / Oterman at 9 mag is in the same constellation 3 deg below 31 Lynx. 11th Jan 2019 the comet passes Omicron Ursa Major (the nose of the Great Bear) at 6mag. 17th Jan 2019 is the 71st anniversary of discovery by Carl Wirtanen it will still be an easy object in small telescopes. 14th Feb 2019 passing Theta Ursa Major the comet fades to 9 mag It should remain visible in larger telescopes until mid March 2019. Further details on these comets and track maps can be found on the COMETS page Moon Phases 2018   New Moon First Quarter Full Moon Last Quarter   - - Jan 2 Jan 8   Jan 17 Jan 24 Jan 31 Feb 7   Feb 15 Feb 23 Mar 2 Mar 9   Mar 17 Mar 24 Mar 31 Apr 8   Apr 16 Apr 22 Apr 30 May 8   May 15 May 22 May 29 Jun 6   Jun 13 Jun 20 Jun 28 Jul 6   Jul 13 Jul 19 Jul 27 Aug 4   Aug 11 Aug 18 Aug 26 Sep 3   Sep 9 Sep 16 Sep 25 Oct 2   Oct 9 Oct 16 Oct 24 Oct 31   Nov 7 Nov 15 Nov 23 Nov 30   Dec 7 Dec 15 Dec 22 Dec 29 - - 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. 2018 Jan 1   Mercury at Greatest western elongation (evening) Jan 3   Quadrantid Meteor Shower (Moon effected) Jan 7   Conjunction of Mars and Jupiter (7.30UT) Mar 15  Mercury at Greatest eastern elongation (morning) Mar 18  Moon, Mercury & Venus in conjunction (evening) Apr 22  Lyrid Meteor Shower (moon effected until after moonset midnight 21st Apr) Apr 29   Mercury at Greatest western elongation (morning) July 14  Mercury and Moon 5 deg apart. Visible in daylight July 16  Venus and Moon 5 deg apart. Visible in daylight July 27  Total Lunar Eclipse - Moon rises already eclipsed at 21.00UT and event ends 23.15UT. Aug 13   Perseid Meteor Shower (01.00ut) Aug 17   Venus at Greatest eastern elongation  (morning) Aug 26   Mercury at Greatest western elongation  (evening) Oct 21    Orionid Meteor Shower (moon effected until after moonset 04.00UT) Nov 5     S Taurid Meteor Shower (18.00UT) Nov 12   N Taurid Meteor Shower (17.00UT) Nov 17    Leonid Meteor Shower maximum Dec 13    Geminid Meteor Shower maximu0m Dec 22    Ursid Meteor Shower (21.00UT) As a scale 30 arcmins is the size of the full Moon 2018 Comets There will be 5 bright comets in 2018, more than have been seen in recent years. Most often comets do not show much of a tail and look like round fuzzy blobs. In dark skies with little light pollution a 7th magnitude (mag) comet should be visible in binoculars or small telescope. A 5th mag comet or brighter will be visible to the unaided eye. A Comet is highly unpredictable and can brighten or fade rapidly so it is worth watching it on a regular basis. C/2017 T1 Heinze 28th Dec 2017 to 31st Jan 2018 comet visible before dawn moving between Gemini and Cancer 11th mag. 3rd Jan to 19th Jan 2018 look for 10th mag object in Lynx (on 3rd) moving towards Cassiopeia (7th to 10th) 5th to 7th Jan 2018 comet is at its brightest. 17th Jan to 22nd Jan 2018 it will only be a visible for a few more days in the evening. Comet 21P Giacobini Zinner It may be difficult to see this comet at first unless your skies get dark during the Summer. 14th July reaches 10th mag passing close to zeta Cepheus.. 5th Aug our dark skies return making the 8.5 mag comet easier to see in Cassiopeia. 22nd Aug to 5th Sept bright moonlight makes it difficult to see. 6th Sept the comet should be easy to see in the dark skies. 14th Sept the comet is closest to the Earth at 36 million miles. In Gemini after this date it slowly fades. 24th Sept until 3rd Oct bright moonlight makes it difficult to see. 12th Oct the comet passes 7 degrees west of Sirius in Canes Major it is still quite bright at 8th mag. It continues towards the horizon and is probably lost by 23rd Oct. It is worth watching the comet throughout its apparition as on previous visits it has had outbursts to 5th mag. There are some photo opportunities as the comet passes M35 on 15th Sept, the Rosette Nebula on 25th Sept and Cone Nebula on 27th Sept. C/2017 S3 PanSTARRS Probably the most difficult of all the comets to see at it remains quite close to the Sun.  22nd July the comet is at 10th mag in Auriga the dawn sky which may be too bright for it to be seen. It will brighten as it gets closer too the Sun but may remain difficult in the dawn light. This comet is a new discovery and likely to be its first trip close to the Sun. There is always the possibility that the heat of the Sun could cause a major outburst of activity or even break the comet apart. Comet 38P Stephan / Oterman This comet takes 38 years to orbit the Sun so has not been seen since 1980, so it is worth seeking it out. 22nd Sept before dawn the comet will be close to Lambda Orion at 11th mag requiring a large telescope. 14 degrees to the West will be Comet 21P Giacobini Zinner much brighter at 7.3mag. 24th Sept to 3rd Oct bright moonlight returns 4th to 19th Oct the comet moves westwards reaching Gamma Gemini on 19th when its 9.8 mag bringing it within range of small telescopes. 22nd Oct to 1st Nov bright moonlight makes it difficult to see. 2nd to 22nd Nov the comet moves along Gemini passing 3 deg below Pollux on 21st Nov. When it as its brightest of 9th mag 23rd to 29th Nov bright moonlight makes it difficult to see. 30th Nov to 31st Dec the comet moves north towards Lynx fading to 10th mag by the end of the year. 22nd to 28th Dec bright moonlight returns Comet 46P Wirtanen This comet is know to be a very active comet so should put on a good display. 28th Nov the comet is 5 mag but very low on the southern horizon between Eridanus (River) and Cetus (Whale). 6th Dec the comet passes Eta Eridanus at 4.3mag so any easy naked eye object. 12th Dec passes close to Omicron Taurus at 3.9mag 17th Dec the comet passes 3 deg west of the Pleiades at its brightest of 3.8mg 22nd to 28th Dec bright moonlight makes it difficult to see. 23rd Dec the comet is less than 1 deg south of Capella in Auriga at 4.2 mag slowly fading. 31st Dec the comet is 5 mag and 1 deg below the star 15 Lynx. On the same day Comet 38P Stephan / Oterman at 9 mag is in the same constellation 3 deg below 31 Lynx. 11th Jan 2019 the comet passes Omicron Ursa Major (the nose of the Great Bear) at 6mag. 17th Jan 2019 is the 71st anniversary of discovery by Carl Wirtanen it will still be an easy object in small telescopes. 14th Feb 2019 passing Theta Ursa Major the comet fades to 9 mag It should remain visible in larger telescopes until mid March 2019. Further details on these comets and track maps can be found on the COMETS page Moon Phases 2018   New Moon First Quarter Full Moon Last Quarter   - - Jan 2 Jan 8   Jan 17 Jan 24 Jan 31 Feb 7   Feb 15 Feb 23 Mar 2 Mar 9   Mar 17 Mar 24 Mar 31 Apr 8   Apr 16 Apr 22 Apr 30 May 8   May 15 May 22 May 29 Jun 6   Jun 13 Jun 20 Jun 28 Jul 6   Jul 13 Jul 19 Jul 27 Aug 4   Aug 11 Aug 18 Aug 26 Sep 3   Sep 9 Sep 16 Sep 25 Oct 2   Oct 9 Oct 16 Oct 24 Oct 31   Nov 7 Nov 15 Nov 23 Nov 30   Dec 7 Dec 15 Dec 22 Dec 29 - - 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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