Milton Keynes Astronomical Society

We meet at
Rectory Cottages,    (their web site)
Church Green Road,
Milton Keynes MK3 6BJ.

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Next meeting 8:00pm on Friday August 22nd: Astronomers' Questions Time

All our meetings are open to the public and visitors are always welcome.

August Observations:August 10th has the latest "Supermoon". These seem to cause excitement on social media but are not hugely significant. Its just the Moon at lunar perigee - the closest point to earth in its orbit, and it happens fairly frequently.

Five-day weather outlook for local observers
Wednesday 07:00 10:00 13:00 16:00 19:00 22:00
Thursday 01:00 04:00 07:00 10:00 13:00 16:00 19:00 22:00
Friday 01:00 04:00 07:00 10:00 13:00 16:00 19:00 22:00
Saturday 01:00 04:00 07:00 10:00 13:00 16:00 19:00 22:00
Sunday 01:00 04:00 07:00 10:00 13:00 16:00 19:00 22:00
Contains public sector information licensed under the Open Government Licence, generated by the Met. Office on Wed 20th August at 10:00

Cloud cover forecast from

The Sun
Lasco C3 EIT 195 Magnetogram
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  The Moon
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 Aug 10
 Aug 17
 Aug 25

moon phases


Mercury : Very low down and not easy to see this month.

Venus : Venus is currently appearing as the Morning Star. Also not very high and not rising much before the Sun.

Mars : Mars fading and shrinking now and sinking in the southwest as it gets dark.

Jupiter : Too close to the Sun for the first part of the month, but visible before sunrise towards the end.

Saturn : Saturn came to opposition on May 10th down in Libra. A bit low in altitude but at least the rings are open so its still a nice sight.

Uranus : Uranus rises just after 11pm and by 3am is at a decent altitude in Pisces.

Neptune : Neptune rises about an hour ahead of Uranus in Aquarius.

Meteors : The peak of the Perseid shower (12th/13th) will have a fat moon at the worst time, but this month also has several minor showers so its always worth looking.

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