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There will be no members' evening in June. Next members' evening: Friday 26th July, 19:30.

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Astronomy news - June 2024

20 June: Summer solstice
As we reach the longest day there is still plenty happening in the night sky. Over the next few days, look for a beautiful Full Moon (the Strawberry Moon) low to the horizon. There is also a good possibility of noctilucent clouds over the next few weeks. And although the nights are short, there are still deep space objects to be observed in the early hours, especially with the Summer Triangle well placed for the next few months.

06-28 June: Moon Phases
06 Jun: New Moon (13:37)
14 Jun: First Quarter (06:18)
22 Jun: Full Moon (02:07)
28 Jun: Third Quarter (22:53)

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10 - 12 May: Auroral activity
As solar activity continues to intensify, strong auroral displays were seen over Stirling on the evening of the 10th May. There have been further coronal mass ejections, so be on the lookout for more aurorae on Saturday and Sunday night.
Update: Images of Friday's displays now on the gallery.

05/06 May: Eta Aquarid meteor shower
The Eta Aquarids are an annual meteor shower associated with Halley's comet. The best time to observe will be in the early hours just before dawn on the 5th or 6th May. This year the peak falls just a couple of days before the New Moon, so moonlight will not interfere.
The radiant (RA: 22h20m Dec: -01 °) will be low to the horizon, rising in the East just before dawn.

01-23 May: Moon Phases
01 May: Third Quarter (12:27)
08 May: New Moon (04:21)
15 May: First Quarter (12:48)
23 May: Full Moon (14:53)

08 April: Total solar eclipse
The total solar eclipse on the 8th April will be visible in parts of Mexico, the United States and Canada. While the total phase of the eclipse will not be visible from any part of the UK, it will be possible to watch it live online via the NASA website.
Remember never to look directly at the Sun. The NASA website has information on safe solar viewing and eye safety.

08 April: Partial eclipse from the UK
In the UK a thin partial eclipse may just be visible for a few minutes at sunset from a high vantage point with a clear view of the horizon. partial eclipse visibility
Remember never to look directly at the Sun. The NASA website has information on safe solar viewing and eye safety.

02-24 April: Moon Phases
02 April: Third Quarter (04:14h)
08 April: New Moon* (19:20h)
15 April: First Quarter (20:13h)
24 April: Full Moon (00:48h)
* Total solar eclipse visible in Mexico, United States and Canada.

Comet 12P/Pons-Brookes
Comet 12P/Pons-Brookes will be visible in the western sky towards the end of March. Look for the comet near the horizon shortly after sunset using binoculars or a small telescope. Towards the end of the month it may become bright enough to be visible to the naked eye. The comet approaches perihelion in April.

14 - 15 March: Moon and Pleiades
The Moon passes close to the Pleiades on the evenings of the 14th and 15th March.

13 March: Jupiter and Moon
The crescent moon will be close to Jupiter in the evening sky on the 13th March. Less than three degrees apart, the two will be visible for about an hour after sunset.

3-25 March: Moon Phases
03 March: Third Quarter (15:23h)
10 March: New Moon (09:00h)
17 March: First Quarter (04:10h)
25 March: Full Moon (07:00h)

2-24 February: Moon Phases
02 February: Third Quarter (23:18h)
09 February: New Moon (22:59h)
16 February: First Quarter (15:00h)
24 February: Full Moon (12:30h)

18 January: Jupiter-Moon Conjunction
Jupiter will shine brightly in the night sky all through January, and will come into a close conjunction with the first quarter Moon on 18 January. The two will move across the sky together from sunset until around 01:00.

08 January: Moon, Venus and Mercury
On the morning of Jan 8th, the waning cresent Moon, Venus and Mercury will all be briefly visible in the morning twilight. Look to the south-eastern horizon just before sunrise (07:30) - you will need a clear view to the horizon and a clear sky.

4-25 January: Moon Phases
4 January: Third Quarter (03:30h)
11 January: New Moon (11:57h)
18 January: First Quarter (03:52h)
25 January: Full Moon (17:54h)

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