© Galloway Astronomy Centre 2021 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. 2021 Year’s Highlights: 3 Jan: Quadrantid meteor shower 24 Jan: Mercury at greatest eastern elongation (17.00UT) 6 Mar: Mercury at greatest western elongation 20 Mar: Vernal (N) equinox (09:27 UT) 20 Mar: Venus at greatest eastern elongation 22-23 Apr: Lyrid meteors (Moon effected) 6-7 May: Eta Aquarid meteors 17 May: Mercury at greatest eastern elongation 10 Jun: Partial solar eclipse (start: 09.06UT mid: 10.16UT end: 11.25UT) 21 Jun: Summer (N) solstice (03:21 UT) 4 Jul: Mercury at greatest eastern elongation 28-29 Jul: Delta Aquarids meteors (Moon effected) 12-13 Aug: Perseid meteors 14 Sep: Mercury at greatest eastern elongation 22 Sep: Autumnal (N) equinox (19:11 UT) 7 Oct: Draconids meteors 21-22 Oct: Orionid meteors 25 Oct: Mercury at greatest western elongation 4-5 Nov: Taurids meteors 17-18 Nov: Leonid meteors (Moon effected) 19 Nov: Partial lunar eclipse (start: 06.02UT mid: 07.56UT end: 08.02UT) 13-14 Dec: Geminid meteors (Moon effected) 21 Dec: Winter (N) solstice (15:50 UT) 21-22 Dec: Ursid meteors (Moon effected) For BST time add 1 hour to UT when applicable (28th March to 31st Oct) 2021 Comets Most 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 Currently there is one bright comets expected in Nov 2021. We hope further new discoveries will be made during the year. Further details of comets and track maps can be found on the COMETS page Moon Phases 2021 New Moon First Quarter Full Moon Last Quarter Jan 6 Jan 13 Jan 20 Jan 28 Feb 4 Feb 11 Feb 19 Feb 27 Mar 5, Mar 13 Mar 21 Mar 28 Apr 4, Apr 11 Apr 20 Apr 26 May 3 May 11 May 19 May 26 Jun 2 Jun 10 Jun 17 Jun 24 Jul 1 Jul 9 Jul 17 Jul 23 Jul 31 Aug 8 Aug 15 Aug 22 Aug 30 Sep 6 Sep 13 Sep 20 Sep 28 Oct 6 Oct 12 Oct 20 Oct 28 Nov 4 Nov 11 Nov 19 Nov 27 Dec 4 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.
Galloway Astronomy Centre Discover the Dark Skies of Galloway
“It’s the best view I’ve ever had” - Prof Ian Morison (Jodrell Bank)
© Galloway Astronomy Centre 2021 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. 2021 Year’s Highlights: 3 Jan: Quadrantid meteor shower 24 Jan: Mercury at greatest eastern elongation (17.00UT) 6 Mar: Mercury at greatest western elongation 20 Mar: Vernal (N) equinox (09:27 UT) 20 Mar: Venus at greatest eastern elongation 22-23 Apr: Lyrid meteors (Moon effected) 6-7 May: Eta Aquarid meteors 17 May: Mercury at greatest eastern elongation 10 Jun: Partial solar eclipse (start: 09.06UT mid: 10.16UT end: 11.25UT) 21 Jun: Summer (N) solstice (03:21 UT) 4 Jul: Mercury at greatest eastern elongation 28-29 Jul: Delta Aquarids meteors (Moon effected) 12-13 Aug: Perseid meteors 14 Sep: Mercury at greatest eastern elongation 22 Sep: Autumnal (N) equinox (19:11 UT) 7 Oct: Draconids meteors 21-22 Oct: Orionid meteors 25 Oct: Mercury at greatest western elongation 4-5 Nov: Taurids meteors 17-18 Nov: Leonid meteors (Moon effected) 19 Nov: Partial lunar eclipse (start: 06.02UT mid: 07.56UT end: 08.02UT) 13-14 Dec: Geminid meteors (Moon effected) 21 Dec: Winter (N) solstice (15:50 UT) 21-22 Dec: Ursid meteors (Moon effected) For BST time add 1 hour to UT when applicable (28th March to 31st Oct) 2021 Comets Most 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 Currently there is one bright comets expected in Nov 2021. We hope further new discoveries will be made during the year. Further details of comets and track maps can be found on the COMETS page Moon Phases 2021 New Moon First Quarter Full Moon Last Quarter Jan 6 Jan 13 Jan 20 Jan 28 Feb 4 Feb 11 Feb 19 Feb 27 Mar 5, Mar 13 Mar 21 Mar 28 Apr 4, Apr 11 Apr 20 Apr 26 May 3 May 11 May 19 May 26 Jun 2 Jun 10 Jun 17 Jun 24 Jul 1 Jul 9 Jul 17 Jul 23 Jul 31 Aug 8 Aug 15 Aug 22 Aug 30 Sep 6 Sep 13 Sep 20 Sep 28 Oct 6 Oct 12 Oct 20 Oct 28 Nov 4 Nov 11 Nov 19 Nov 27 Dec 4 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.
Galloway Astronomy Centre Discover the Dark Skies of Galloway
“It’s the best view I’ve ever had” - Prof Ian Morison (Jodrell Bank)
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. 2021 Year’s Highlights: 3 Jan: Quadrantid meteor shower 24 Jan: Mercury at greatest eastern elongation (17.00UT) 6 Mar: Mercury at greatest western elongation 20 Mar: Vernal (N) equinox (09:27 UT) 20 Mar: Venus at greatest eastern elongation 22-23 Apr: Lyrid meteors (Moon effected) 6-7 May: Eta Aquarid meteors 17 May: Mercury at greatest eastern elongation 10 Jun: Partial solar eclipse (start: 09.06UT mid: 10.16UT end: 11.25UT) 21 Jun: Summer (N) solstice (03:21 UT) 4 Jul: Mercury at greatest eastern elongation 28-29 Jul: Delta Aquarids meteors (Moon effected) 12-13 Aug: Perseid meteors 14 Sep: Mercury at greatest eastern elongation 22 Sep: Autumnal (N) equinox (19:11 UT) 7 Oct: Draconids meteors 21-22 Oct: Orionid meteors 25 Oct: Mercury at greatest western elongation 4-5 Nov: Taurids meteors 17-18 Nov: Leonid meteors (Moon effected) 19 Nov: Partial lunar eclipse (start: 06.02UT mid: 07.56UT end: 08.02UT) 13-14 Dec: Geminid meteors (Moon effected) 21 Dec: Winter (N) solstice (15:50 UT) 21-22 Dec: Ursid meteors (Moon effected) For BST time add 1 hour to UT when applicable (28th March to 31st Oct) 2021 Comets Most 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 Currently there is one bright comets expected in Nov 2021. We hope further new discoveries will be made during the year. Further details of comets and track maps can be found on the COMETS page Moon Phases 2021 New Moon First Quarter Full Moon Last Quarter Jan 6 Jan 13 Jan 20 Jan 28 Feb 4 Feb 11 Feb 19 Feb 27 Mar 5, Mar 13 Mar 21 Mar 28 Apr 4, Apr 11 Apr 20 Apr 26 May 3 May 11 May 19 May 26 Jun 2 Jun 10 Jun 17 Jun 24 Jul 1 Jul 9 Jul 17 Jul 23 Jul 31 Aug 8 Aug 15 Aug 22 Aug 30 Sep 6 Sep 13 Sep 20 Sep 28 Oct 6 Oct 12 Oct 20 Oct 28 Nov 4 Nov 11 Nov 19 Nov 27 Dec 4 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.
Galloway Astronomy Centre Discover the Dark Skies of Galloway