What's Up - March 2015

It is the start of Autumn and that hopefully means many cool crisp and clear nights for observing or taking images.

Being the month of the autumnal equinox where the Sun is halfway between its Summer and Winter positions, halfway through the night we see the Summer constellations of Orion and Taurus setting in the west and the Winter constellations of Scorpius and Sagittarius rising in the east.

Mercury is perfect for observing in the first half of the month in the eastern morning skies. Venus is unmistakable in the west after sunset and on the 4th will be just point four of a degree from Uranus, but to observe them both you will need to wait until it is dark enough which means they will be very close to the horizon. Mars is also in the west after sunset. Jupiter is now past opposition but still a great target in the north west after sunset. Saturn rises in the east mid evening near the head of the Scorpion.