What's Up

Monthly summary of astronomical highlights

Hopefully you all got out and had a look at Comet Lovejoy over the last month as this little gem of a comet is now not visible for us in the south.

Mercury is a morning object this month and reaches its greatest elongation west of the Sun on the 24th making it the perfect time to observe Mercury as it will be also at its highest point above the horizon.

Venus is in the west after sunset and has a couple of close encounters with other planets this month.  It passes less than a degree from Neptune on the first and point 4 of a degree from Mars on the 22nd.