Adrian Dening's Stars Over Somerset

    Monday 22nd to Sunday 28th May 2023

    Venture outside just after dark, say around 10pm, on Wednesday 24th and there is a great viewing opportunity if you look towards the west. A 25%-lit waxing Crescent Moon will be just above planet Mars. Mars has a magnitude of around +1.5 at the moment, so it will be easy to spot with the naked eye and it has an obvious reddish tint.



    Looking to the right of the pair and a bit further down, Venus is still spectacular, shining very brightly. If you aim even a small telescope at Venus, it is possible to see its phase and the planet currently appears to be about 50%-lit or in other words, it will look like a tiny Quarter Moon.

    The evening of Saturday 27th is a chance to spot one of the Clair-obscur lunar visual effects in your telescope - the Stars of Aristillus. The effect is caused by sunlight reflecting from the peaks in the middle of crater Aristillus. The whole crater is only 55Km in diameter and it is estimated to be over 1.1 billion years old! Around 10pm, the Moon will be located towards the south west and I have provided a diagram to help you locate the crater, which will be on the sunlight terminator, a little above the centre of the Moon's face.



    Around this time of year is the start of the Noctilucent Cloud season. These night-shining clouds are caused by ice crystals in the upper atmosphere scattering light during astronomical twilight, so are viewable towards the north west horizon for up to a couple of hours after sunset. Similarly, they can be detected a couple of hours before sunrise if you are looking towards the north east.



    Screenshots courtesy of Stellarium
    Copyright Adrian Dening and Radio Ninesprings 2023
    www.starsoversomerset.com

    More from Community & Charity News

    • Neighbourhood Policing

      Neighbourhood Policing describes teams of police officers, community support officers, police staff, special constables and support volunteers, who work within communities to make people feel safer where they live.

    • Repair and Re-use

      A new network of Community Action Groups has launched in Somerset to persuade more people to repair and reuse their unwanted items.

    • Public Health Volunteers

      Somerset Council is seeking volunteers to join its Public Health Nursing team.

    • Potholes

      Potholes are one of the biggest annoyances on the roads for drivers. Not only are they uncomfortable to drive over but they can also cause damage to your car.

    • Young people take to the airwaves...

      Media students at Strode College in Street have recorded a series of radio adverts to help cut crime and make people feel safer where they live. .

    • Somerset Nature Survey

      An online survey has opened for public comment, to help write a new vision to better protect nature across Somerset.

    • Adrian Dening's Stars Over Somerset

      Monday 4th to Sunday 10th March 2024

    • Anti Social Behavior

      Sexist jokes, inappropriate comments, unwanted attention, intimidation…these may not be ‘crimes’ but they are no less threatening or harmful to the person experiencing them.

    Today's Weather

    • Yeovil

      Heavy Rain

      High: 9°C | Low: 1°C

    • Chard

      Light rain

      High: 8°C | Low: 1°C

    • Crewkerne

      Light rain

      High: 8°C | Low: 1°C

    • Somerton

      Heavy Rain

      High: 9°C | Low: 2°C

    • Wincanton

      Light rain

      High: 9°C | Low: 1°C

    Recently Played