Wednesday, May 01, 2013
Southern Skywatch is 15! (and the May, 2013 edition is now out)
Southern Skywatch is 15! Well, 15 and a bit. The first edition was produced on 1 April 1998. It seems like only yesterday that I started.
The original inspiration for Southern skywatch started with some occasional sky watching notes I posted to the Australian ABC's "Science Matters" discussion group. Ian Allen of the ABC science online group suggested that I write a monthly web page and the ABC kindly provided some logos and images and a link, and the rest was history.
I've had a great 15 years and hope to be doing Southern Skywatch for many more. I'm working on some ideas to celebrate this anniversary, so keep tuned!
The May edition of Southern Skywatch is now up.
There's quiet little bit of planetary action this month with Jupiter, Venus and Mercury meeting, there is also an Annular Eclipse, a meteor shower and an occultation.
Saturn was at opposition in April, but it is still big and bright this month. On March 23 the Moon is close to Saturn
Jupiter is in the evening sky near the Hyades. Jupiter is now very low in the western sky. On the 12th the crescent Moon and Jupiter are close. Jupiter is close to Venus and Mercury on the 26th and 27th, and only a fingerwidth from Venus on the 28th.
There is an Annular Solar Eclipse on the morning of the 10th in remote northern Australia, the rest of Australia seen a nice partial eclipse..
Mars is lost to view.
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