Month: May 2018
ESO captures stunning view of the vast Tarantula Nebula
When black holes devour stars, it all depends on how you look at it
Shake, rattle and roll: stress tests for ESA’s ExoMars rover
Peering into the shrouded heart of a luminous Seyfert galaxy
June’s Jupiter events visible from the UK
Jupiter has passed opposition, but the solar system’s largest planet is still putting on a magnificent show in the southern sky at dusk. Backyard telescopes readily reveal its Great Red Spot storm feature and four main moons constantly playing tag. Here’s our full guide to Jovian events visible from the UK in June.
Dutch MeerLICHT telescope on the lookout for exploding stars
With fuel running low, Kepler begins 18th observing campaign
See the Moon get close to Jupiter and a double star at dusk on 27 May
Skywatchers in Western Europe looking at the rising 13-day-old gibbous Moon in the south-southeast at dusk on Sunday, 27 May can also see prime-time Jupiter within the same binocular field of view. But look closer in the vicinity of the solar system’s largest planet and you’ll see an easily resolved double star – alpha Librae.
Get ready for viewing Mars this summer during its closest approach for 15 years
At the end of July 2018, Mars makes its closest approach to Earth since the memorable opposition of 2003. This summer sees the Red Planet big and bright, low in the south around 1am BST, but now’s the time to train your eye to detect prominent Martian surface features – dust storms permitting! We present our interactive Mars Mapper to help plan your observations.