Observing

Mercury’s morning show

30 October 2014 Mark Armstrong

If you’ve never seen the Solar System’s innermost planet before, now is your chance, as long as early morning starts don’t worry you!

Observing

Good Morning Mercury

14 October 2014 Peter Grego

Forget about Mercury’s evening appearance in the first half of this month – it is its morning apparition towards the end of October and into November that is the cause of celebration.

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Dwarf Planet Eris at Opposition

14 October 2014 Peter Grego

The trans-Neptunian dwarf planet Eris, discovered in 2005, comes to opposition in October. This distant, deep-frozen little world is within the reach of amateur CCD imagers.

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Deep sky challenge: Skull Nebula

9 October 2014 Owen Brazell

Discovered by William Herschel in 1785, NGC 246 is a large planetary nebula in a star-poor area of Cetus. It must have been quite challenging for him to find as he often used high powers and small fields when searching for nebulae.