Month: October 2019
Best view yet of flickering jets in black hole feeding frenzy
Watch the Moon hide naked-eye star Zeta (ζ) Tauri on 19 October
When a nearby astronomical body passes between the observer and a more distant object, see say that an occultation is taking place. Since the Moon is our nearest celestial neighbour, it regularly passes in front of planets and stars. Observers in the British Isles can see naked-eye star Zeta (ζ) Tauri glide behind the Moon on Saturday, 19 October 2019.
Curiosity closing in on Mars’ transition from wet to dry
Saturn now boasts Solar System’s most known moons: 82
See the waxing Moon meet the outermost planet on 10 October
The 12-day-old Moon lies in the same low-power binocular field as Neptune late into the evening of Thursday, 10 October 2019 when observers in the UK can find the pair highest in the southern sky against the constellation of Aquarius. The glare of the gibbous Moon will present a challenge, but well worth the attempt to find the outermost planet with modest optical aid.