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A Very Busy New Year “Up There”…

31 Dec 2016, 15:32 UTC
A Very Busy New Year “Up There”…
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There’s a LOT going on “up there” over this New Year weekend… here are the three pieces I wrote for the Society for Popular Astronomy Facebook page, describing how you can see the Moon passing a pair of planets, a binocular comet AND Mars and Neptune passing each other…


MOON AND PLANETS

If you have clear skies after sunset during the coming New Year weekend, there’s a chance to see a very striking line-up of celestial objects in the south-west. Over several nights you’ll be able to see the Moon – growing from a fingernail-clipping thin crescent which might need binoculars to pick it out from the bright sky, to a more obvious crescent – hopscotching up and along a line formed by Venus, Mars and Neptune, although Neptune will be too faint to see with the naked eye and will only be visible through binoculars or a small telescope. To add even more interest, there’s a faint comet in the very same part of the sky too – but so you don’t get too confused and try to see too many things at once we’ll tell you about that in a separate post…
So, let’s start on ...

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