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Saturday, 1 September 2018

For those of you who like Astronomy....

For anyone who's interested: there are a couple of events worth looking out for this weekend - although you'll need to be a bit of a night owl!

Tonight and for a few more following the somewhat dim comet 21P/ Giacobini-Zinner can be found quite easily near the bright star Capella.

Capella is one of the brightest stars in the sky, being the 'leading star' of the constellation Auriga, the Charioteer. Around midnight Auriga is high in the north-east: the comet is a faint, greenish, fuzzy blob above and to the right of Capella.

On September 3rd, just after midnight, the Moon occults (passes in front of ) the bright star Aldebaran, the fiery-red eye of Taurus, the Bull (a 'V' shaped constellation above and right of the familiar winter group Orion)

Below is a photo of the comet I took this morning at 3.00am: it might grow brighter over the next few days.

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