What is in the sky now and for the month?

1. Planets and sky highlights to observe

A good summary for the month can be seen by clicking here.

2. What's up for the Month?

This is a more detailed guide from one of our regular lecturers and friend of the Society Professor Ian Morison from Jodrell Bank about what is in the sky this month.

3. Moon visibility today


4. Solar visibility today

The latest Images from Soho.

Use for H Alpha
Use for H Alpha

Use for comet hunting
Use for comet hunting

5. Sky Map today

current night sky over London
Sky map by AstroViewer®
Get the HTML code for this sky map

6. Auroral activity today

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Information from the NOAA Website
This plot shows the current extent and position of the auroral oval in the northern hemisphere, extrapolated from measurements taken during the most recent polar pass of the NOAA POES satellite.
The red arrow in the plot, that looks like a clock hand, points toward the noon meridian.
The statistical pattern depicting the auroral oval is appropriate to the auroral activity level determined from the power flux observed during the most recent polar satellite pass. The power fluxes in the statistical pattern are color coded on a scale from 0 to 10 ergs .cm-2.sec-1 according to the color bar on the right. The pattern has been oriented with respect to the underlying geographic map using the current universal time, updated every ten minutes.
This presentation provides an estimate of the location, extent, and intensity of aurora on a global basis. For example, the presentation gives a guide to the possibility that the aurora is located near a given location in the northern hemisphere under the conditions that existed at the time of the most recent polar satellite pass.

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Current Kp index (strength of aurora)
The Kp index shows the strength of the Aurora to be seen from the UK it needs to be at least 5 and to seen in the South East above 7, it it does go above seven the best chances of seeing it are to travel to a dark sight.

7. Weather Forecast

Click here to use 'Clear Outside' which is a free 7 day hourly cloud & weather forecast system designed by First Light Optics, written by astronomers for astronomers for your location.

Click on the summary forecast below for a full forecast for Sutton-at-Hone. You will then see a lot more detail.

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