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Wednesday, 26 August 2009

Lyra and Kag Comet Report and Upcoming Astronomical Events Into The Autumn and Winter Months...

More Kessingland Astronomy:
2009: The International Year of Astronomy (IYA)
 Comets about:
Christensen (C/2006 W3)
This is the best Comet to look out for at the moment at Magnitude 8.3 is C/2006 W3 Christensen now in the Constellation of Sagitta although its trend is to fade.
If there are any reports of future dated bright Comets that may be seen with Binoculars or the naked eye I will keep you well informed.
Astronomical Events for August and upcoming Autumn:
14th Jupiter at Opposition
15th Juno Stationary
16th Mars Three Degrees South of the Moon
17th Neptune at Opposition and Venus is 1.7 Degrees South of the Moon
Asteroid (4) Vesta is 0.4 Degrees South of the Moon (Occultation over Europe) and Mercury is Three Degrees South of Saturn
22nd Saturn is Seven Degrees North of the Moon and Venus is Seven Degrees North of Pollux in the Constellation of Gemini
24th Mercury is at greatest Elongation East (27 Degrees-unfavourable)
27th Antares is 0.6 Degrees South of the Moon
29th Mars near M35 open cluster in Gemini
2nd Venus near M44 Praesepe open star cluster
20th Venus close to Regulus
22nd Juno Asteroid at Opposition
The Planets for August And Late Summer:
Mercury: May be glimpsed with binoculars close to Regulus in Leo as well as Saturn very low in the Western Sky and will be in inferior Conjunction on September 22nd.
Venus: is a brilliant "morning star" and is in Conjunction with Vesta on 25th August and will be 22 Degrees high in the Morning sky West of the Sun by the end of September.
The Earth: Our place in the Solar System!!!
Mars: is far from being its best right now but is gradually climbing out of the morning twilight and will be close to M1 (The Crab Nebula) and M35 open cluster by September.
Jupiter: is past Opposition (14th August) now in the Constellation of Capricornus and with a low Southern Altitude will be visible all night and into the Autumn Months.
Saturn: now lost to the Western Evening Sky and lost to the Suns glare-from the 10th August until early September the rings of Saturn will seem to disappear as they become edge on to the Earth. 
Uranus: Well placed by midnight in Pisces
Neptune: Was at Opposition on the 17th August and will remain close to Jupiter for now
Dwarf Planet Pluto: an Evening object amongst the stars of Sagittarius
Dwarf Planet Ceres: Now lost in the evening twilight in Leo
Upcoming Astronomical Space Events for August And Late Summer:
The Space Shuttle Discovery or STS 128 will return to the ISS on August 25th and be the 30th US mission to the Orbiting platform in space-
The flight will deliver equipment and supplies with a reusable Multi-Purpose Logistics Module. Delayed from July 30 and switched from Atlantis. Delayed from Aug. 6.
6 Worldwide Launches are scheduled for August including the STS 128 to the ISS
26 Worldwide launches are scheduled for the rest of 2009
The Moon In August And For Harvest Moon:
All times are G.M.T or Universal Time U.T (add 1 Hour B.S.T)
New Moon is on 20th August at 10.02 Hours U.T
First Quarter Moon is on 27th August at 11.42 Hours U.T
Full Moon occurs on 4th September at 16.03 Hours U.T (Harvest Moon)
Last Quarter is on 12th September at 02.16 Hours U.T
New Moon is on 18th September at 18.44 Hours U.T
First Quarter is on 26th September at 04.50 Hours U.T
Full Moon is on 4th October at 06.10 Hours U.T
Last Quarter is on 11th October at 08.35 Hours U.T
New Moon is on 18th October at 05.33 Hours U.T
Last Quarter Moon will occur on 26th October at 00.42 Hours U.T
Full Moon is on 2nd November at 19.14 Hours U.T
Last Quarter is on 9th November at 15.56 Hours U.T
New Moon is on 16th November at 19.14 Hours U.T
First Quarter Moon will occur on 24th November at 21.39 Hours U.T
Later in the Year:
There are 2 Full Moons (or a Blue Moon) in the Month of December of this year 2009, there is also a Partial Lunar Eclipse of the Moon on New Years Eve 2009 during the evening but only 8% of the Lunar Surface will be Obscured-worth looking at if you are a new year reveller.
Sunrise and Sunset Times for the Autumn:
All times are G.M.T or Universal Time U.T (add 1 Hour BST)
September 1st Sunset: 18.41, Hours U.T Sunrise: 05.04 Hours U.T
September 15th Sunset: 18.08, Hours U.T Sunrise: 05.27 Hours U.T
October 1st Sunset: 17.30 Hours U.T Sunrise: 05.54 Hours U.T
October 15th Sunset: 16.58 Hours U.T Sunrise: 06.19 Hours U.T
November 1st Sunset: 16.23 Hours U.T Sunrise: 06.49 Hours U.T
November 15th Sunset: 16.00 Hours U.T Sunrise: 07.15 Hours U.T
Lighting Up Times for The Autumn;
All times are G.M.T or Universal Time U.T (add 1 Hour BST)
September 1st: 19.16 Hours U.T
September 15th: 18.42 Hours U.T
September 30th: 18.06 Hours U.T
October 15th: 17.33 Hours U.T
October 31st: 17.01 Hours U.T
November 15th: 16.38 Hours U.T
November 30th: 16.24 Hours U.T
Astronomical twilight for August and September:
All times are G.M.T or Universal Time U.T (add 1 Hour BST)
August 31st: 20.52 Hours U.T
September 15th: 20.07 Hours U.T
September 30th: 19.27 Hours U.T
October 15th: 18.52 Hours U.T
October 31st: 18.21 Hours U.T
November 15th: 18.00 Hours U.T
November 30th: 17.48 Hours U.T
Good Clear Skies
Colin James Watling
Astronomer and head of the Comet section for LYRA (Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth Regional Astronomers) also head of K.A.G (Kessingland Astronomy Group) and Navigator of the Stars (Fieldwork)

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