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What Can You See in the Night Sky This Week? Algol!

Posted: 24 Feb 2012

Algol, otherwise known as the demon star, is a bright triplet star system located in the constellation Perseus, and can be seen by the naked eye. It takes light 93 years to travel from Algol to Earth, meaning that when you look at Algol, you are seeing it as it was in 1919! To give you an idea of what 93 light-years is in galactic terms, our closest stellar neighbour is Alpha Centauri, and is 4.4 light years from us, writes Paul Brook.

What Can You See in the Night Sky This Week? Jupiter!

Posted: 16 Feb 2012

Jupiter is the fifth planet from the Sun and the largest in our solar system - it weighs about two-and-a-half times as much as all the other planets put together! Given its massive size, it seems appropriate that it was named after the Roman king of the gods. This celestial god can be seen from sunset untill just before 10:00pm in the West, writes Tessa Baker.

What Can You See in the Night Sky This Week - The Sombrero Galaxy!

Posted: 11 Feb 2012

Astronomers sometimes lack imagination when it comes to naming their beloved telescopes and objects in the night sky, but this particular marvel is quite aptly known as ‘The Sombrero Galaxy’. It is in fact an unbarred spiral galaxy, however its orientation with respect to us means that we see it almost edge-on. This gives it the appearance of a Mexican wide-brimmed hat, writes Sarah White.

Get involved with your local astro society

Posted: 08 Feb 2012

Interested in getting more involved and finding out a bit more about astronomy? Why not investigate your local astronomy society? Here's a list of the ones you can find around Oxford.

What Can You See in the Night Sky This Week? Venus!

Posted: 06 Feb 2012

Venus – Earth's sister planet – is the hottest planet in our solar system. It has a sizzling surface temperature of 460 C (860 F). To put that into perspective, the highest recorded temperature on Earth was 57.8 C in Libya on the 13th September, 1922 – around 10% of Venus's average surface temperature. Venus is the second rock from the Sun and is the brightest object in the night sky after the moon, writes Jas Virdee.