For this coming first Friday in August (3rd), we have Perry Vlahos coming to give us the low down on what's up in the nights sky for this coming month.
What excitement we've had recently with the Lunar Eclipse and the opposition of Mars. If you missed the eclipse, sorry, there won't be another one till 2021! However, Mars is still at its best and will be throughout August. Is the dust storm subsiding? Can we now see the polar cap or Syrtis Major?
Come and find out the latest and also how to view the rest of the planets now visible, naked eye and with MBO telescopes, especially Saturn and Jupiter.
But that's not all, there's some excellent deep sky targets visible during August including some of the best and closely packed nebulae in Messier's catalogue: The Swan, Lagoon and Triffid nebulae, and clusters like the Wild Duck, M5 and Omega Centauri. Plus a meteor shower to avoid - don't believe everything on the internet.
All this and much more in an always entertaining and fully illustrated talk by Perry - especially recommended for new members as everything is explained and easy to understand.
Members' Night is on every Friday night. Guests of members are always welcome. Contributions of food to share for supper are always gratefully received and demolished! :-)
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