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Saturday 4 May 2024

Astronomy update

As the nights shorten the winter constellations such as Orion are replaced by the summer ones: Leo, Bootes and Cygnus become more prominent, while Ursa Major is virtually overhead at midnight.

This month the planets are strung out either side of the Sun and are not easily observable: even the Moon is hard to see, rising just before dawn as it wanes to 'new' phase. (The photos below were taken this morning at 4.45!)

Finally: the International Space Station is visible every night throughout May, but at inconvenient times in the early morning. (If there's a demand I'll post a table of 'passes')

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