Planet spotting in July was non-existent for us. We’ve had long evenings and planets out of view. We did see a Blue Moon on July 30th which was pretty amazing. We were camping in Devon and when the clouds cleared we saw the most beautiful Moon, then found out it was a Blue Moon.
Our visible planet notes are as much about learning a little bit about the them as watching out for them. We hope you find them useful.
For us, the visible planets have been tough to follow throughout June. It gets dark so much later. which on one hand is great, more park time, but definitely not great for Kam’s planet spotting, past his bedtime I’m afraid.
We’ve revamped our planet information, so it’s fresh, as we’ve had a tendency to skip over it. We hope you find it useful.
Mars has a red hue to it because iron oxides (rust) covers its surface. Most of the time, Mars glows dimly in the night sky, except when it is directly opposite the Sun, (opposition). When Mars is in opposition, usually every 2 years, it’s at its largest and brightest. Continue reading →
I have decided to repost these posts as Kam has asked where and why planets move across the sky and sometimes disappear.
Following on from our other visible planets posts we need to find out where we can see Mars, Jupiter and Saturn in the sky.
Mars has a red hue to it because iron oxides (rust) covers its surface.
Mars glows dimly in the night sky most of the time, except when it is directly opposite the Sun, (opposition).
When Mars is in opposition, usually every 2 years, it’s at its largest and brightest.
Generally though, Mars is not as bright as Venus but it’s luminosity is largest as its orbit get closer to Earth. (Its elliptical orbit means that it can vary from 50 to 400 million km from Earth.) Continue reading →