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September 8th, 2016
It’s been a long time since I posted anything; to cut a long story short, I’ve been busy with my writing projects. I’ve been meaning to get back to the blog for some time (months, in fact) and now I’ve finally managed to find a few minutes to sit down and do it!
It might take me a little while to get back into the swing of things, but hopefully we’ll be back to up to speed in no time. One big change is the change in graphics; previously I was using the Mobile Observatory app to generate the night sky views, but I’m going to try Sky Safari instead for the time being. I believe it can generate slightly more realistic depictions of the night sky and I hope this will prove to be useful. (Incidentally, Sky Safari is available for Apple and Android devices.)
Anyway, tonight you’ll be able to see the nearly first quarter Moon closing in on two planets, Mars and Saturn. The view will greatly depend upon your location; if you’re in the southern hemisphere, the trio will appear very high in the sky and you will also be able to see Venus shining brightly over the western horizon. For those in North America, Mars, Saturn and the Moon will appear over the south-western horizon – and not nearly as high.
Both locations will also be able to see Antares, whose name literally means “rival of Mars”, glinting in the twilight.
Unfortunately, those of you in the United Kingdom may be challenged to see anything as the Moon and Saturn will be low and you’ll need a very clear view of the south-western horizon to catch sight of Mars. Good luck!
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