25 May 2020
Enjoying The Night Sky

Looking for something fun to do at home in the evenings? Why not try to find some objects in the night sky? The easiest object to find is the Moon! A new moon occurs when the Sun and the Moon are on the same side of the Earth, as there is no sunlight to light up the moon. Keep an eye out from tomorrow, the moon will be a waxing crescent and slowly becoming more visible on the  horizon as it sets.

Venus is the second brightest object in the night sky after the moon. At the moment it is setting around 6 pm. Look out for a very bright dot.
Mars is currently rising after midnight so should be visible in the east from midnight till sunrise. Look for a bright dot with a reddish tint to it.
If the skies are clear a great object to see early in the morning is the International Space Station (ISS). The astronauts on board orbit around the Earth every 90 minutes. Tomorrow, at 6:10 the ISS will appear in the north west and travel to the south east over 6 minutes. It is easy to spot as it is a bright object that is moving very quickly and almost looks like a shooting star. (Want to see when the next satellite or the ISS is flying overhead? Click here!)

With many of us spending more time at home than usual, there is no better time to enjoy the night sky!