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night sky in october 2014


moon phases

First quarter - Wednesday, 1st October (half moon in the evening sky)
Full moon - Wednesdsay, 8th October
Last quarter - Wednesday, 15th October (half moon in the morning sky)
New moon - Thursday, 23rd October
Second New moon - Friday, 31st October


planets visible in october

Mercury is visible in the evening sky early in the month and in the morning sky late in the month.

Venus is too close to the sun in October and cannot be easily observed.

Mars is visible from sunset and setting around midnight throughout the month, and about 30 minutes earlier towards month end.

Jupiter rises around 04h00 at the beginning of the month and around 02h00 towards the end of the month.

Saturn is visible during the early evening and sets around 22h00 at the beginning of the month and during twilight towards month end.

Uranus is visible throughout the night for the entire month of October.

Neptune is visible until around 05h00 at the start of the month and until around 03h00 towards the end of October. It is very well placed for evening viewing.


night sky in september 2014


moon phases

First quarter - Tuesday, 2nd September (half moon in the evening sky)
Full moon - Tuesday, 9th September
Last quarter - Tuesday, 16th September (half moon in the morning sky)
New moon - Wednesday, 24th September


planets visible in september

Mercury is visible throughout the month and will set approximately 2 hours after sunset on 21st September.

Venus is low in the morning sky and will not be visible towards the end of the month.

Mars is visible for the first half of the night.

Jupiter rises progressively earlier as the month proceeds, from 1 hour prior to sunrise at the beginning of September to approximately 2 hours later in the month.

Saturn is visible after sunset in the west for approximately 5 hours at the start of the month and for about 3 hours towards the end of September.

Uranus rises in the east approximately 3 hours after sunset at the start of the month and towards month end it rises about 30 minutes after sunset.

Neptune is visible for most of the month, rising 1-3 hours before sunset.


night sky in august 2014


moon phases

First quarter - Monday, 4th August
Full moon - Sunday, 10th August at 20h09 (largest full moon of the year)
Last quarter - Sunday, 17th August
New moon - Monday, 25th August


planets visible in august

Mercury is visible in the evening sky for the second half of August.

Venus is prominent in the morning sky but rises only shortly before the Sun.

Mars is visible for the first half of the night.

Jupiter rises shortly before the Sun and is visible in deep twilight by the end of the month.

Saturn is visible after sunset and can be seen for half the night.

Uranus is visible for more than half the night.

Neptune is visible for more than half the night and placed very well for observing.


night sky in july 2014


moon phases

First quarter - Saturday, 5th July
Full moon - Saturday, 12th July at 13h25
Last quarter - Saturday, 19th July
New moon - Sunday, 27th July


planets visible in july

Mercury is visible in the morning sky.

Venus rises shortly before the start of twilight.

Mars is visible for the first half of the night.

Jupiter sets during the evening twilight and is only visible at the beginning of July.

Saturn is visible in the evening sky and can be seen for more than half the night.

Uranus is visible in the morning sky and can be seen for more than half the night.

Neptune is visible in the morning sky and can be seen for more than half the night.


night sky in june 2014


moon phases

First quarter - Thursday, 5th June at 22h40 (half-moon in the evening sky)
Full moon - Friday, 13th June at 06h11
Last quarter - Thursday, 19th June at 20h39 (half-moon in the morning sky)
New moon - Friday, 27th June


planets visible in june

Mercury can be seen in the evening sky at the beginning of the month and is marginally visible in the morning sky towards month end.

Venus is a bright morning star, rising about 2 hours before the sun.

Mars is visible in the evening sky for most of the night.

Jupiter shines as an evening star, setting not long after night fall.

Saturn is visible for half the night and is best viewed in the evening sky.

Uranus is visible in the morning sky, rising shortly after midnight.

Neptune is also visible in the morning sky and can be seen for half the night.


night sky in may 2014


moon phases

First quarter - Wednesday, 7th May (half-moon in the evening sky)
Full moon - Wednesday, 14th May at 21h16
Last quarter - Wednesday, 21st May (half-moon in the morning sky)
New moon - Wednesday, 28th May


planets visible in may

Mercury is visible in the evening sky towards the middle of the month.

Venus is visible in the morning, rising 3 hours before the sun.

Mars is visible for most of the night throughout the month and sets after midnight.

Jupiter is visible in the early evening, setting 2 hours before the sun.

Saturn is visible for most of the night throughout the month. It is brightest for the year towards the beginning of May.

Uranus is visible in the morning sky, rising before day break.

Neptune is also visible in the morning sky and can be seen for half the night.


night sky in april 2014


moon phases

First quarter - Monday, 7th April (half-moon in the evening sky)
Full moon - Tuesday, 15th April at 19h42
Last quarter - Tuesday, 22nd April (half-moon in the morning sky)
New moon - Tuesday, 29th April at 06h14


planets visible in april

Mercury is visible in the early morning sky for the first half of the month 05h00.

Venus is visible in the morning throughout the month of April.

Mars is visible for most of the night throughout the month.

Jupiter is visible throughout the month from 22h00.

Saturn is visible for most of the night throughout the month.

Uranus is too faint to be observed with the naked eye but may be visible towards the end of the month in the early morning.

Neptune is too faint to be observed with the naked eye but may be visible through a small telescope.


night sky in march 2014


moon phases

New moon - Saturday, 1st March at 10h00
First quarter - Saturday, 8th March (half-moon in the evening sky)
Full moon - Sunday, 16th March at 19h08
Last quarter - Monday, 24th March (half-moon in the morning sky)
Second New moon - Sunday, 30th March at 20h45


planets visible in march

Mercury is visible in the morning sky from around 05h00.

Venus is visible in the morning, rising at around 03h20.

Mars is visible from around 21h30 at the beginning of March and at around 19h15 towards the end of the month. Mars is visible throughout the night.

Jupiter is visible from sunset until approximately 01h45 at the beginning of the month and shortly before midnight towards month end.

Saturn rises at around 23h00 at the beginning of March and around 21h00 towards the end of the month. It is visible until daybreak.

Uranus sets at approximately 20h40 at the beginning of the month and is not visible during the second half of March.

Neptune is visible during the second half of March, rising at around 05h30 and at around 04h15 towards month end.


night sky in february 2014


moon phases

First quarter - Thursday, 6th February (half-moon in the evening sky)
Full moon - Saturday, 15th February at 01h53
Last quarter - Saturday, 22nd February (half-moon in the morning sky)
New moon - There is no new moon in February


planets visible in february

Mercury is visible in the evening sky for the first week of the month and then again in the last week shortly before sunrise.

Venus is visible in the morning and is the brightest during the first half of the month, rising at around 04h15.

Mars is visible from around 23h15 at the beginning of February and at around 21h40 towards the end of the month. Mars is visible until daybreak throughout the month.

Jupiter is visible from sunset until approximately 03h30 at the beginning of the month and at around 01h50 towards month end.

Saturn is visible from around 01h00 at the beginning of February and around 11h00 towards the end of the month. It is visible until daybreak.

Uranus is visible from sunset, setting at around 22h20 at the beginning of the month and by 20h30 towards the end of the month.

Neptune is visible from sunset, setting at around 20h50 at the beginning of the month. It is not visible later in the month as it is lost in the Sun's glare.


night sky in january 2014


moon phases

New moon - Wednesday, 1st January at 13h14
First quarter - Wednesday, 8th January (half-moon in the evening sky)
Full moon - Thursday, 16th January at 06h52
Last quarter - Friday, 24th January (half-moon in the morning sky)
Second full moon - Thursday, 30th January at 23h38


planets visible in january

Mercury is visible in the evening sky from sunset from the middle of January.

Venus is visible in the early evening during the first week of January. It will then be visible again in the morning from the 15th of the month.

Mars is visible until dawn throughout the month, rising at around 01h00 at the beginning of January and at around 23h00 towards the end of the month.

Jupiter is visible from sunset until sunrise at the beginning of the month, setting earlier and earlier throughout the month and by the end of the month it will set at around 03h30.

Saturn rises in the early morning and is visible until daybreak throughout the month.

Uranus is visible from sunset, setting at around 00h20 at the beginning of the month and by 22h30 towards the end of the month and is up until around 02h30 at the beginning of the month, setting earlier and earlier every night until the end of the month when it sets at approximately 22h30.

Neptune is visible from sunset and is up until around 23h00 all month, setting at around 21h00 by month end.


night sky in december 2013


moon phases

New moon - Tuesday, 3rd December at 02h22
First quarter - Monday, 9th December (half-moon in the evening sky)
Full moon - Tuesday, 17th December at 11h28
Last quarter - Wednesday, 25th December (half-moon in the morning sky)


planets visible in december

Mercury is visible in the morning twilight at the beginning of the month and towards month end it is lost in the Sun's glare.

Venus shines as a brilliant star and sets at around 22h45 at the beginning of the month and at 20h45 towards the end of the month.

Mars is visible from early morning until sunrise throughout the month.

Jupiter is visible from 22h30 until sunrise at the beginning of the month and from around 20h30 towards month end.

Saturn rises at around 04h20 at the beginning of the month and by month ends it rises at around 02h30 and is visible until daybreak throughout the month.

Uranus is visible from sunset and is up until around 02h30 at the beginning of the month, setting earlier and earlier each night until it sets at around 00h30 at month end.

Neptune is visible from sunset and is up until around 01h00 at the beginning of the month and setting at around 23h00 towards month end.


night sky in november 2013


moon phases

New moon - Sunday, 3rd November at 14h50
First quarter - Sunday, 10th November (half-moon in the evening sky)
Full moon - Sunday, 17th November at 17h16
Last quarter - Monday, 25th November (half-moon in the morning sky)


planets visible in november

Mercury is visible in the morning from just before sunrise until daybreak from the middle of the month.

Venus shines as a brilliant star and sets at around 23h00.

Mars is visible from around 04h30 at the beginning of the month and from 03h15 towards the end of the month.

Jupiter is visible in the morning from around 03h15 at the beginning of the month and from around 02h05 towards the end of November.

Saturn is not visible until the end of the month when it is visible from the early morning, shortly before sunrise.

Uranus is visible from sunset and is up until around 04h30 at the beginning of the month. It sets at around 02h30 towards the end of the month.

Neptune is visible from sunset and is up until around 03h00 at the beginning of the month. It sets at around 01h00 towards month end.


night sky in october 2013


moon phases

New moon - Saturday, 5th October at 02h34
First quarter - Friday, 11th October (half-moon in the evening sky)
Full moon - Saturday, 19th October at 01h38
Last quarter - Saturday, 26th October (half-moon in the morning sky)


planets visible in october

Mercury is visible in the early evening, best viewed at the beginning of the month.

Venus is visible in the evening sky throughout the month, setting at around 22h30 at the beginning of the month and at around 23h00 towards the end of the month.

Mars is visible from around 04h30 at the beginning of the month and from 03h15 towards the end of the month.

Jupiter is visible in the morning from around 02h30 at the beginning of the month and from around 00h40 towards the end of October.

Saturn is visible from the early evening until around 23h00 at the beginning of the month and at around 21h15 towards month end.

Uranus is visible from sunset and is up until around 05h00. It sets at around 04h40 towards the end of the month.

Neptune is visible from sunset and is up until around 05h00. It sets at around 03h00 towards month end.


night sky in september 2013


moon phases

New moon - Thursday, 5th September at 13h36
First quarter - Thursday, 12th September (half-moon in the evening sky)
Full moon - Thursday, 19th September at 13h13
Last quarter - Friday, 27th September (half-moon in the morning sky)


planets visible in september

Mercury is visible in the evening sky throughout the month, and is visible from sunset and sets at around 20h00 towards the middle of the month.

Venus is visible in the evening sky throughout the month, and is visible from sunset and sets at around 22h00 towards the middle of the month.

Mars is visible from around 05h30 at the beginning of the month and from 04h30 towards the end of the month.

Jupiter is visible in the morning from around 04h00 at the beginning of the month and from around 02h30 towards the end of September.

Saturn is visible from the early evening until around 23h00 at the beginning of the month and at around 21h15 towards month end.

Uranus is visible all night from around 21h00 at the beginning of September and from around sunset towards the end of the month.

Neptune is visible from sunset until sunrise at the beginning of the month and around 05h00 towards month end.


night sky in august 2013


moon phases

New moon - Tuesday, 6th August at 23h51
First quarter - Wednesday, 14th August (half-moon in the evening sky)
Full moon - Wednesday, 21st August at 03h45
Last quarter - Wednesday, 28th August (half-moon in the morning sky)


planets visible in august

Mercury is visible in the morning twilight at the beginning and middle of August, and during evening twilight at the end of the month.

Venus shines in the evening throughout the month, setting at around 20h30.

Mars is visible before the morning twilight throughout the month.

Jupiter is visible throughout August, rising at around 05h45 at the beginning of the month and slightly earlier towards month end at 04h15.

Saturn is visible from sunset until approximately 00h45 at the beginning of the month and setting at around 23h00 towards the end of August.

Uranus is in Pisces, rising in the late evening.

Neptune is visible throughout the month and best visibility through a telescope will be towards the end of the month.


night sky in july 2013


moon phases

New moon - Monday, 8th July at 09h14
First quarter - Tuesday, 16th July(half-moon in the evening sky)
Full moon - Monday, 22nd July
Last quarter - Monday, 29th July at 19h43(half-moon in the morning sky)


planets visible in july

Mercury is visible in the evening twilight at the beginning of the month, and towards the middle of the month it will be visible during the morning twilight.

Venus shines in the evening throughout the month, setting at around 19h30.

Mars is visible during the morning twilight throughout the month.

Jupiter is visible from mid-month after sunset until midnight.

Saturn is visible from sunset until midnight throughout the month and sets at around 03h00 at the beginning of the month and at 01h00 at month end.

Uranus is visible in the morning sky throughout the month.

Neptune rises late in the evening and is visible for the rest of the night throughout the month.


night sky in june 2013


moon phases

New moon - Saturday, 8th June at 17h56
First quarter - Sunday, 16th June (half-moon in the evening sky)
Full moon - Sunday, 23rd June (occurs at 13h32)
Last quarter - Sunday, 30th June (half-moon in the morning sky)


planets visible in june

Mercury is visible in the evening throughout the month and sets before 19h00 for the duration of the month.

Venus shines in the evening throughout the month.

Mars rises at around 06h00 and visible throughout the month.

Jupiter is not visible for the month of June.

Saturn is visible throughout the month from dusk until early morning.

Uranus is not visible to the naked eye but is visible through a telescope or binoculars from 02h00 at the beginning of June; and then from after midnight towards the end of the month.

Neptune rises early at around 23h00 at the beginning of the month and rises earlier each night until month end when it rises at around 21h30.


night sky in may 2013


moon phases

New moon - Friday, 10th of May at 02h28
First quarter - Saturday, 18th of May (half-moon in the evening sky)
Full moon - Saturday, 25th of May (occurs at 06h25)
Last quarter - Friday, 31st of May (half-moon in the morning sky)


planets visible in may

Mercury is visible in the morning throughout the month; and in the evening from mid-month.

Venus shines early in the evening throughout the month.

Mars is visible in the morning from mid-month.

Jupiter is visible from dusk until approximately 20h00 at the beginning of May, but by month's end it will set by 18h30.

Saturn is visible in the early evening at the beginning of the month and is visible all night until sunrise. It sets by 05h00 towards the end of May.

Uranus is visible throughout the month: from approximately 05h00 at the beginning of the month and rising at around 03h00 towards the end of the month.

Neptune is too faint to be seen with the naked eye but is visible through telescopes and binoculars. It rises early at around 03h00 at the beginning of the month and rises earlier each night until month end when it rises at around 01h30.


night sky in april 2013


moon phases

rises early at around 02h00 at the beginning of the month and rises earlier each night until month end when it rises at around midnight.
New moon - Wednesday, 10th April at 11h35
First quarter - Thursday, 18th April (half-moon in the evening sky)
Full moon - Thursday, 25th April (occurs at 21h57)


planets visible in april

Mercury is visible in the early morning throughout the month.

Venus shines as a morning star at the end of the month.

Mars is visible early in the evening at the beginning of the month; and is not visible towards the end of the month due to the sun's glare.

Jupiter is visible from dusk until approximately 21h20 at the beginning of January, but by month's end it will set by 19h50.

Saturn is visible at the beginning of the month from approximately 20h00, and is visible all night.

Uranus is too faint to be seen with the naked eye but is visible through telescopes and binoculars. Towards the end of the month it will be visible from around 05h00.

Neptune is too faint to be seen with the naked eye but is visible through telescopes and binoculars. It rises early at around 03h00 at the beginning of the month and rises earlier each night until month end when it rises at around 01h30.


night sky in march 2013


moon phases

Last quarter - Monday, 4th March (half-moon in the morning sky)
New moon - Monday, 11th March
First quarter - Tuesday, 19th March (half-moon in the evening sky)
Full moon - Wednesday, 27th March (occurs at 11h27)


planets visible in march

Mercury is visible in the early morning from the middle of the month.

Venus rises at approximately 06h00 and shines as a morning star at the beginning of the month.

Mars is visible early in the evening at the beginning of the month; and is not visible towards the end of the month.

Jupiter is visible from dusk until approximately 23h30 at the beginning of March, but by month's end it will set by 21h30.

Saturn is visible at the beginning of the month from approximately 22h00, and from 21h30 towards the end of the month.

Uranus is visible after sunset at the beginning of the month and sets at around 20h30, and slowly setting earlier each night where it sets at around 18h30 towards the end of the month.

Neptune rises at approximately 06h00 at the beginning of March, and slowly rising earlier and earlier throughout the month. By month end it will rise at around 04h00.


night sky in february 2013


moon phases

Last quarter - Sunday, 3rd February (half moon in the morning sky)
New moon - Sunday, 10th February
First quarter - Sunday, 17th February (half moon in the evening sky)
Full moon - Monday, 25th February (occurs at 22h26)


planets visible in february

Mercury shines as an evening star for the duration of the month.

Venus shines as a morning star rising at approximately 05h30.

Mars is visible early in the evening at the beginning of the month; and is not visible towards the end of the month.

Jupiter is visible from dusk until approximately 01h00 at the beginning of January, but by month's end it will set by 23h30.

Saturn is visible at the beginning of the month from approximately 22h00 until daybreak.

Uranus is visible after sunset and sets at around 22h20 at the beginning of February, and slowly setting earlier each night where it sets at around 20h00 throughout the month.

Neptune is visible after sunset and sets at around 22h20 at the beginning of the month, and slowly setting earlier each night where it sets at around 20h00 throughout the month.


night sky in january 2013


moon phases

Last quarter - Saturday, 5th January (half moon in the morning sky)
New moon - Thursday, 13th December
First quarter - Saturday, 19th January (half moon in the evening sky)
Full moon - Sunday, 27th January (occurs at 06h38)


planets visible in january

Mercury is best viewed in the morning twilight for the first half of the month, and becomes visible as an evening star towards the end of the month.

Venus is a morning star rising shortly before 04h00.

Mars is visible in the evening before setting at around 21h30.

Jupiter is visible from dusk until approximately 03h30 at the beginning of January, but by month's end it will set by 01h30.

Saturn is visible from the early hours of the morning and remains visible until dawn.

Uranus is visible after sunset and sets at around 00h20 at the beginning of January, and slowly setting earlier each night where it sets at around 23h20 at the end of the month.

Neptune is visible after sunset, and sets at around 23h00 for the duration of the month, and by month end it sets before 21h00.


night sky in december 2012


moon phases

Last quarter - Thursday, 6th December (half moon in the morning sky)
New moon - Thursday, 13th December
First quarter - Thursday, 20th December (half moon in the evening sky)
Full moon - Friday, 28th December (occurs at 12h21)


planets visible in december

Mercury is best viewed in the morning twilight.

Venus is a morning star rising shortly before 04h00.

Mars is visible in the evening before setting at around 21h00.

Jupiter is visible from dusk until sunrise at the beginning of December but by month end, it will set by 03h00. Jupiter will be at its brightest for the year during this month.

Saturn is visible from the early hours of the morning but remains the faintest of the morning planets.

Uranus is visible after sunset and sets at around 01h30 at the beginning of December, and slowly setting earlier each night where it sets just before midnight at the end of the month.

Neptune is visible after sunset, and sets before midnight for the duration of the month.


night sky in november 2012


moon phases

Last quarter - Wednesday, 7th November (half moon in the morning sky)
New moon - Wednesday, 14th November
First quarter - Tuesday, 20th November (half moon in the evening sky)
Full moon - Wednesday, 28th November (occurs at 16h46)


planets visible in november

Mercury is best viewed in the first week of November as an evening star.

Venus is a morning star rising shortly before 03h00.

Mars is visible from around sunset until approximately 21h00.

Jupiter rises at approximately 21h00 at the beginning of November and is visible throughout the night until month end when it rises shortly after sunset and is visible throughout the night.

Saturn is best viewed towards the end of the month and is visible in the early morning as day breaks.

Uranus is visible between sunset and the early hours of the morning.

Neptune is visible from sunset until around 02h00 at the beginning of November; and sets earlier and earlier each night towards the end of the month when it sets at around midnight.


night sky in october 2012


moon phases

First quarter - Monday, 8th October
New moon - Monday, 15th October
First quarter - Monday, 22nd October
Full moon - Monday, 29th October


planets visible in october

Mercury is best viewed at the end of the month in the early morning.

Venus is a morning star rising shortly before 04h00.

Mars is visible in the evening and sets at approximately 22h00.

Jupiter rises at before midnight and is visible throughout the night.

Saturn is close to Mercury at the beginning of the month; Mercury being the brighter of the two.

Uranus is visible between sunset and shortly after sunrise.

Neptune is visible between sunset and shortly after sunrise.


night sky in september 2012


moon phases

Last quarter - Saturday, 8th September
New moon - Sunday, 16th September
First quarter - Saturday, 22nd September
Full moon - Sunday, 30th September


planets visible in september

Mercury remains close to the Sun for most of the month and shines as a star, very low to the east, towards month end.

Venus is a morning star rising before twilight.

Mars is visible at sunset and sets at approximately 22h00.

Jupiter rises at around midnight and is visible in the morning sky.

Saturn is visible at sunset and sets shortly after dark.

Uranus is visible all night for the entire month.

Neptune is visible throughout the night for the duration of the month.


night sky in august 2012


moon phases

Full moon - Thursday, 2 August and Friday, 31 August
Last quarter - Thursday, 9 August
New moon - Friday, 17 August
First quarter - Friday, 24 August


planets visible in august

Mercury remains low throughout the month and is only visible in the morning.

Venus is best viewed in the morning as it shines as a morning star for the duration of the month.

Mars is best viewed between sunset and the late evening as it shines as an evening star.

Jupiter is visible in the early morning after rising after midnight.

Saturn joins Mars in the evening sky and is visible from the early evening after sunset.

Uranus rises late in the evening and is best viewed in the morning sky.

Neptune rises at around dusk and is visible for viewing in the morning sky.


night sky in july 2012


moon phases

Full moon - Tuesday, 3rd July
Last quarter - Wednesday, 11th July
New moon - Thursday, 19th July
First quarter - Thursday, 26th July


planets visible in july

Mercury is visible as an evening star during the first 3 weeks of the month.

Venus is best viewed in the morning as it shines as a morning star for the duration of the month.

Mars is visible from sunset, setting late in the evening.

Jupiter is visible in the early morning, towards the west.

Saturn is visible in the evening, after sunset, setting at around 01h00 at the beginning of the month until setting at around 23h00 towards month end.

Uranus rises late, at around midnight and is best viewed in the morning sky.

Neptune rises late in the evening and is also best viewed in the morning sky.


night sky in june 2012


moon phases

Full moon - Monday, 4th June
Last quarter - Monday, 11th June
New moon - Tuesday, 19th June
First quarter - Wednesday, 27th June


planets visible in june

Mercury is visible as an evening star during the month of June and is best viewed at the end of the month.

Venus is best viewed towards month end as it rises earlier and earlier each day until it rises approximately 2 hours before the sun towards the end of the month.

Mars is visible from sunset until midnight for the whole month.

Jupiter is visible before dawn in the morning.

Saturn is visible in the evening until around 02h00 throughout the month.

Uranus rises late, after midnight.

Neptune rises before midnight and is clearly visible in the early morning sky.


night sky in may 2012


moon phases

New moon - Thursday, 3rd May
First quarter - Thursday, 10th May
Full moon - Thursday, 17th May
Last quarter - Thursday, 24th May


planets visible in may

Mercury is visible in the early morning sky, shortly before sunrise, throughout the month.

Venus is visible approximately 1½ to 2½ hours prior to sunrise.

Mars is visible in the east for approximately 1 hour before dawn.

Jupiter rises approximately 1 hour prior to dawn at the beginning of the month and 2½ hours towards month end.

Saturn is visible 1 hour before dawn at the beginning of the month; and 4 hours before dawn at month end.

Uranus rises in the early morning, approximately 1½ hours before dawn, at the beginning of the month and about 5 hours before dawn towards the end of the month.

Neptune is visible 5 hours before dawn at the beginning of the month, and 7 hours before dawn at month end.


night sky in april 2012


moon phases

Full moon - Friday, 6th April
Last quarter - Friday, 13th April
New moon - Saturday, 21st April
First quarter - Sunday, 29th April


planets visible in april

Mercury is visible before dawn and is most visible in the morning sky for the month.

Venus is visible in the evening, setting approximately 1 hour prior to nightfall. April is a great month to see Venus in the evening sky.

Mars is visible after sunset and best viewed at the beginning of the month.

Jupiter sets during evening twilight and is not visible towards the end of the month.

Saturn will be at its brightest for the year during the last quarter of the month.

Uranus rises in the early morning and becomes more visible towards month end.

Neptune is visible all night after rising shortly after midnight.


night sky in march 2012


moon phases

Full moon - Thursday, 8th March
Last quarter - Thursday, 15th March
New moon - Thursday, 22nd March
First quarter - Thursday, 30th March


planets visible in march

Mercury is visible in the West at the beginning of the month and in the East towards month end.

Venus is visible within the constellation of Aries, with Venus shining brightly during the month of March.

Mars is visible the entire month throughout the evening within the constellation of Leo.

Jupiter is situated close to Venus for the whole month of March with Jupiter rising shortly after sunset and setting as soon as night falls.

Saturn isn't as dazzling as Venus and Jupiter during the month of March but it's visible all night long.

Uranus setting shortly after the sun, Uranus isn't visible during the month of March.

Neptune is only visible for about two hours before sunrise.


night sky in february 2012


moon phases

First quarter - Saturday, 7th February
Full moon - Saturday, 14th February
Last quarter - Sunday, 22nd February
New moon - Early in March


planets visible in february

Mercury is lost in the glare of the sun and will not be visible until the very last week of February. Even then it will be visible for a very short time just above the western horizon.

Venus shines brilliantly bright as soon as the sun sets on the horizon for the whole month of February.

Mars rises earlier and brighter every night within the constellation of Leo.

Jupiter like Venus is the brightest of the planets this month, rising shortly after sunset as the highest planet visible.

Saturn rise around midnight in the eastern sky.

Uranus: We may have a glimpse of Uranus, early evening and for only the first half of the month.

Neptune is not visible for the month of February.


night sky in january 2012


moon phases

First quarter - Sunday, 1st January
Full moon - Monday, 9th January
Last quarter - Monday, 16th January
New moon - Monday, 23rd January


planets visible in january

Mercury: Rising in the east, Mercury is one of the morning planets. It's clearly visible for the first half of the month for a few hours before sunrise.

Venus: is visible in the western sky shortly after sunset and is especially bright.

Mars: rises very late in the evening, reaching its highest and brightest just before dawn.

Jupiter: is clearly visible for the first half of the month but sets earlier every night while descending into the western sky.

Saturn: Rising in the east just as Jupiter sets in the west, Saturn is visible until sunrise.


night sky in november 2011


moon phases

First quarter - Wednesday, 02nd November
Full moon - Thursday, 10th November
Last quarter - Friday, 18th November
New moon - Friday, 25th November


planets visible in november

Mercury: is visible, only the first half of the month, for an hour after sunset in the western sky.

Venus: for about two hours after sunset Venus will be visible.

Mars: is visible for three hours before sunrise in the eastern sky.

Jupiter: rising just after sunset, Jupiter is visible for the whole night until month end

Saturn: is visible for the whole month, rising a few hours before dawn in the eastern sky.

Uranus: setting only a few hours before sunrise, Uranus is visible all night long for the month of November.

Neptune: is up and visible within the constellation of Aquarius for three to five hours before sunrise.


night sky in october 2011


moon phases

First quarter - Tuesday, 04th October
Full moon - Wednesday, 12th October
Last quarter - Thursday, 20th October
New moon - Wednesday, 26th October


planets visible in october

Mercury: Being too close to the sun Mercury can't be seen at the beginning of the month yet it is visible shortly after sunset towards month end.

Venus: Visible in the western skies for a brief period of time just after sunset.

Mars: Look to the eastern sky about three hours before sunrise to see Mars this month.

Jupiter: Visible in the night sky for the whole month of October.

Saturn: At the start of the month Saturn is visible in the west just after sunset and towards month end it is visible in the eastern skies as the sun rises.

Uranus: Available all night long for the month of October.

Neptune: Setting only one hour before sunrise Neptune is visible all night long within the constellation of Aquarius.


night sky in september 2011


moon phases

First quarter - Sunday, 04th September
Full moon - Monday, 12th September
Last quarter - Tuesday, 20th September
New moon - Tuesday, 27th September


planets visible in september

Mercury: Will be visible just before sunrise only in the beginning of the month.

Venus: More visible towards month end for one hour after sunset.

Mars: Visible in the east two hours before sunrise.

Jupiter: Rises early after sunset throughout the month of September.

Saturn: Visible after sunset in the western sky for up to three hours at the beginning of the month reducing its visibility to one hour towards month end.

Uranus: At the beginning of the month Uranus rises just after sunset and towards month end it rises shortly before sunset.

Neptune: Up all night within the constellation Aquarius.


night sky in august 2011


moon phases

First quarter - Saturday, 06th August
Full moon - Saturday, 13th August
Last quarter - Sunday, 21st August
New moon - Monday, 29th August


planets visible in august

Mercury: In the beginning of the month Mercury is visible in the western sky for about one to two hours after sunset and towards month end it shifts to be visible at the same time but in the eastern sky.

Venus: This month Venus is just too close to the sun and therefore will not be visible.

Mars: For about two hours Mars is visible in the east just before sunrise.

Jupiter: Rises around midnight and will be visible until sunrise.

Saturn: Is visible in the western sky for up to five hours after sunset.

Uranus: For the month of August Uranus rises anything from four to two hours after sunset.

Neptune: Rises about an hour after sunset within the constellation Aquarius.


night sky in july 2011


moon phases

New moon - Friday, 01st July and Saturday, 30th July
First quarter - Friday, 08th July
Full moon - Friday, 15th July
Last quarter - Saturday, 23rd July


planets visible in july

Mercury: Is only visible for one hour after sunset.

Venus: Will be visible just before dawn hanging low in the eastern sky.

Mars: Also in the east Mars will be visible for two hours before dawn.

Jupiter: Will only rise after midnight and will be visible until dawn breaks.

Saturn: Dominating the western parts of the sky Saturn will only be visible in the early morning hours.

Uranus: Is visible a little bit earlier than Saturn for the whole month of July.

Neptune: Look towards the constellation Aquarius to see Neptune shortly after sunset.


night sky in june 2011


moon phases

New moon - Wednesday, 1 June
First quarter - Thursday, 9 June
Full moon - Wednesday, 15 June
Last quarter - Thursday, 23 June


planets visible in june

Mercury: Is only visible for one hour before sunrise at the beginning of the month and one hour after sunset at the end of the month.

Venus and Mars: For the month of June these two planets rise and shine brightly a few hours before sunrise in the eastern sky.

Jupiter: Shines just as bright as Venus and Mars for five hours before sunrise.

Saturn: Is visible from directly after sunset until midnight.

Uranus: Is visible for the whole month of June after midnight.

Neptune: From just before midnight Neptune is visible within the constellation of Aquarius.


night sky in may 2011


moon phases

New moon - Tuesday, 3 May
First quarter - Tuesday, 10 May
Full moon - Tuesday, 17 May
Last quarter - Tuesday, 24 May


planets visible in may

Mercury, Venus and Mars: Will be visible at different times just before sunrise.

Jupiter: Will be visible before dawn for one hour at the beginning of the month and two hours towards the end of the month.

Saturn: Can be seen for the largest part of the evening.

Uranus: Is visible before dawn for one hour at the beginning of the month and five hours towards the end of the month of May.

Neptune: Sets the example for Uranus by rising five hours before dawn at the beginning of the month and seven hours towards the end of the month.


night sky in april 2011


moon phases

New moon - Sunday, 3 April
First quarter - Monday, 11 April
Full moon - Monday, 18 April
Last quarter - Monday, 25 April


planets visible in april

Mercury: Will be visible just before sunrise as from the middle of the month.

Venus: Will be visible approximately two hours before sunrise for the entire month of April.

Mars: Due to Mars rising at dawn we will not be able to see it.

Jupiter: Being too close to the sun can only observe Jupiter for a short period at month end.

Saturn: Will be out and visible for the whole night.

Uranus: Will in true sense only be visible for three hours before dawn towards the end of the month.

Neptune: At the beginning of the month this planet will rise at three in the morning and towards the end of the month he will only be seen after one.


night sky in march 2011


moon phases

New moon - Friday, 4 March
First quarter - Sunday, 13 March
Full moon - Saturday, 19 March
Last quarter - Saturday, 26 March


planets visible in march

Mercury: We might only have a glimpse of Mercury just before dusk ends due to it being too close to the sun.

Venus: This month you will have to get up as early as three in the morning to see Venus acting as the morning star in the east.

Mars: Will not feature at all this month being so close to the sun.

Jupiter: Looking toward the west shortly after the sun sets, Jupiter will be visible for only one hour in the first half of the month.

Saturn: Look for the constellation Virgo and you will find Saturn, available all night long.

Uranus: Will not be visible to appreciate for the month of March.

Neptune: Will be feeble but visible just before sunrise for the second half of the month.


night sky in february 2011


moon phases

New moon - Thursday, 03 February
First quarter - Friday, 11 February
Full moon - Friday, 18 February
Last quarter - Friday, 25 February


planets visible in february

Mercury is visible for a couple of hours before sunrise throughout the month.

Venus is visible from approximately 03h00 until sunrise.

Mars is not visible for the majority of February as it is positioned too close to the Sun.

Jupiter is visible for approximately one hour after sunset.

Saturn rises towards the middle of the evening and is visible throughout the night.

Uranus sets shortly after sunset at the beginning of the month.

Neptune can be seen shortly after sunset, however, it is not highly visible due to it being located too close to the Sun.


night sky in january 2011


moon phases

New moon - Tuesday, 04 January
First quarter - Wednesday, 12 January
Full moon - Wednesday, 19 January
Last quarter - Wednesday, 26 January


planets visible in january

Mercury is visible for approximately two hours before sunrise.

Venus is visible from approximately 03h00 until sunrise.

Mars is not visible during January as it is positioned too close to the Sun.

Jupiter is visible for approximately three hours after sunset.

Saturn rises at approximately midnight and is visible all night.

Uranus is visible during the early evening for a few hours after sunset.

Neptune sets approximately one hour after sunset.


night sky in december 2010


moon phases

New moon - Sunday, 05 December
First quarter - Saturday, 13 December
Full moon - Tuesday, 21 December
Last quarter - Tuesday, 28 December


planets visible in december

Mercury will set approximately one hour after sunset at the beginning of the month and moving closer and closer to the Sun throughout the month.

Venus will rise approximately two hours before sunrise and shortly after 02h00 by month end.

Mars will set shortly after sunset and will be close to the Sun by month end.

Jupiter is visible early in the evening until approximately 01h00 at the beginning of the month and at approximately midnight towards month end.

Saturn rises at approximately 02h00 at the beginning of the month and shortly after midnight towards month end.

Uranus is visible during the early evening and will remain close to Jupiter throughout December.

Neptune is visible during the evenings until approximately one to two hours prior to midnight.


night sky in november 2010


moon phases

New moon - Saturday, 06 November
First quarter - Saturday, 13 November
Full moon - Sunday, 21 November
Last quarter - Sunday, 28 November


planets visible in november

Mercury is visible in the evening sky before setting about half an hour after sunset at the beginning of the month and an hour and a half after sunset at the end of the month.

Venus is visible in the east for an hour or two prior to sunrise.

Mars will be visible for approximately two hours after sunset at the beginning of the month to about an hour after sunset by month end.

Jupiter sets at approximately 03h00 at the beginning of the month and at approximately 01h00 towards month end.

Saturn is visible for approximately one hour prior to sunrise at the beginning of the month and after 02h00 towards month end.

Uranus is visible all night before setting at around 03h00 at the beginning of the month and at 01h00 towards month end.

Neptune is visible almost all night until it sets shortly after midnight.


night sky in october 2010


moon phases

Last quarter - Friday, 01 October
New moon - Thursday, 07 October
First quarter - Thursday, 14 October
Full moon - Saturday, 23 October
Last quarter - Saturday, 30 October


planets visible in october

Mercury is visible before sunrise. It can be seen towards the end of the month shortly after sunset.

Venus sets a couple of hours after sunset in early October and will not be visible towards month end as it is too close to the sun.

Mars will be visible in the west for a couple of hours after sunset.

Jupiter sets shortly before sunrise and is visible throughout the night.

Saturn rises with the sun at the beginning of the month and is visible low in the east shortly before sunrise towards the end of the month.

Uranus sets shortly before sunrise and is visible throughout the night.

Neptune is visible almost all night until it sets at 04h00 at the beginning of the month and at 02h00 towards the end of the month.


night sky in september 2010


moon phases

Last quarter - Wednesday, 1 September
New moon - Wednesday, 8 September
First quarter - Wednesday, 15 September
Full moon - Thursday, 23 September


planets visible in september

Mercury is visible in the early morning with the Sun on the 1st and then an hour before sunrise towards mid-month.

Venus sets after 21h00 for most of the month.

Mars will set earlier each evening and will be visible for 3 - 4 hours after sunset.

Jupiter rises shortly after sunset and is visible throughout the night.

Saturn sets shortly after sunset and by mid-month will get closer to the Sun.

Uranus remains close to Jupiter and is visible through the night.

Neptune is visible almost all night, until it sets shortly before sunrise.


night sky in august 2010


moon phases

Last quarter - Tuesday, 3 August
New moon - Tuesday, 10 August
First quarter - Monday, 16 August
Full moon - Tuesday, 24 August


planets visible in august

Mercury is visible in the evening after sunset.

Venus is a brilliant evening object until 21h00 all month.

Mars is visible in the evening until approximately 21h00.

Jupiter rises well before midnight and is visible almost all night towards month end.

Saturn can be seen for approximately 3 hours after sunset at the beginning of the month and for about 2 hours at month end.

Uranus is up a few hours after sunset and can be seen all night.

Neptune is also visible all night throughout the month.


night sky in july 2010


moon phases

Last quarter - Sunday, 4 July
New moon - Sunday, 11 July
First quarter - Sunday, 18 July
Full moon - Monday, 26 July


planets visible in july

Mercury sets about 2 hours after sunset towards month end.

Venus is visible in the evening for about 2 hours after sunset in the western horizon before setting.

Mars is visible in the evening sky for about 4 hours after sunset.

Jupiter rises for approximately 1 hour before midnight and is visible for the rest of the night.

Saturn is up all evening until it sets at around 1 - 2 hours before midnight.

Uranus rises about 1 to 2 hours before midnight, remaining close to Jupiter.

Neptune rises a few hours after sunset all month.


night sky in june 2010


moon phases

Last quarter - Saturday 5 June
New moon - Saturday 12 June
First quarter - Saturday 19 June
Full moon - Saturday 26 June


planets visible in june

Mercury is visible in the morning sky approximately 2 hours before sunrise.

Venus is visible in the evening, after sunset for approximately 2 hours on the western horizon.

Mars is visible for about 5 hours after sunset.

Jupiter is visible from just after midnight until sunrise.

Saturn is visible all evening until just after midnight.

Uranus is up shortly after midnight and is visible until sunrise.

Neptune rises before midnight and is visible until sunrise.


night sky in may 2010


moon phases

Last quarter - Thursday 6 May
New moon - Friday 14 May
First quarter - Friday 21 May
Full moon - Friday 28 May


planets visible in may

Mercury is visible in the morning sky throughout the month and will be at its brightest towards month end.

Venus is visible in the evening, approximately 1½ to 2 hours after sunset.

Mars is visible all evening until it sets shortly before midnight.

Jupiter is visible from about 03h00 at the beginning of the month and from about 01h00 towards the end of the month.

Saturn is visible through most of the night until about 03h00 at the beginning of the month and until about 01h00 towards the end of the month.

Uranus rises at approximately 03h00 early in the month and is up from about 01h00 until sunrise at month end.

Neptune rises at approximately 01h00 at the beginning of the month and at about 23h00 at month end.


night sky in april 2010


moon phases

Last quarter - Tuesday 6 April
New moon - Wednesday 14 April
First quarter - Wednesday 21 April
Full moon - Wednesday 28 April


planets visible in april

Mercury sets half an hour after sunset at the beginning of the month but remains close to the sun and setting with the sun towards the end of the month.

Venus is visible in the evening throughout the month for approximately 2 hours after sunset.

Mars will be up during the evening until it sets at approximately 01h00.

Jupiter rises at 02h00 at the beginning of the month and at approximately 03h00 towards the end of the month.

Saturn is visible through most of the night for the entire month.

Uranus is visible in the early morning sky throughout the month. The best time to view it would be towards the end of the month when it rises a few hours before dawn.

Neptune rises at approximately 03h00 at the beginning of the month and at 01h00 towards the end of the month.


night sky in march 2010


moon phases

Last quarter - Sunday 7 March
New moon - Monday 15 March
First quarter - Tuesday 23 March
Full moon - Tuesday 30 March


planets visible in march

Mercury is low on the eastern horizon in the morning sky and the best time to view it is during the first week of the month, about an hour before sunrise.

Venus sets shortly after sunset for the entire month.

Mars is visible until it sets around one to two hours after midnight.

Jupiter rises shortly before sunrise and is best visible during the last week of the month when it is visible half an hour before dawn.

Saturn will be visible all night long for most of the month, setting just before dawn at the end of the month.

Uranus sets shortly after sunset for the first week of the month, then rises just before sunrise on the 17th. At the end of the month it rises approximately an hour before sunrise.

Neptune rises about an hour before sunrise at the beginning of the month and at approximately 03h00 by the end of the month.



night sky in february 2010


moon phases

Last quarter - Saturday 6 February
New moon - Sunday 14 February
First quarter - Monday 22 February
Full moon - Sunday 28 February


planets visible in february

Mercury is in the early morning sky low on the eastern horizon all month.

Venus will be visible for about half an hour after sunset.

Mars can be seen all night and until about 03h00 around the end of the month.

Jupiter sets shortly after sunset, being very close to the sun by the end of the month.

Saturn rises shortly after sunset and will be visible the whole night.

Uranus is up for about 2 hours at the start of the month and gets very close to the sun by the end of the month.

Neptune sets shortly after sunset, but from the middle of the month it will be a morning object, rising about half an hour before sunrise.


night sky in january 2010


moon phases

Last quarter - Thursday 7 January
New moon - Friday 15 January
First quarter - Saturday 23 January
Full moon - Saturday 30 January


planets visible in january

Mercury is a "morning star" for the second half of this month.

Venus is behind the Sun, and is not visible until the 10th, remaining very close to the sun.

Mars rises an hour or two after sunset and is visible all night throughout the month.

Jupiter sets an hour or two after sunset. It is close to the Moon on the 17th.

Saturn rises just before midnight, and is visible all night.

Uranus is visible after sunset for several hours throughout the month.

Neptune is also only up for a few hours after sunset.


night sky in november 2009


moon phases

Full moon - Monday 2 November
Last quarter - Monday 9 November
New moon - Monday 16 November
First quarter - Tuesday 24 November


planets visible in november

Mercury, Venus, Mars, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune.


night sky in september 2009


moon phases

Friday 04 September - Full Moon
Saturday 12 September - Last Quarter
Friday 18 September - New Moon
Saturday 26 September - First Quarter


planets visible in september

Mercury can be seen until mid-month when it sets with the Sun on the 20th.  Venus is a brilliant morning object, rising about an hour before sunrise.  Mars rises earlier each morning and is visible three to four hours before sunrise.  Spectacular Saturn sets shortly after sunset but from the 22nd is visible just before dawn.  Equally impressive, Jupiter is visible all night.  Uranus can be seen all night, and Neptune is visible most of the night, setting one to two hours before sunrise.


night sky in august 2009


moon phases

Thursday 06 August - Full Moon
Thursday 13 August - Last Quarter
Thursday 20 August - New Moon
Thursday 27 August - First Quarter


planets visible in august

Mercury can be seen after sunset and is at its greatest altitude towards the end of the month.  Venus is still a brilliant morning object for a couple of hours before sunrise.  Spectacular Saturn can be viewed in the evenings for about an hour after sunset.  Equally impressive is Jupiter, which rises shortly after sunset and can be seen most of the night.  Uranus rises a few hours before midnight and can be seen all night, and Neptune is also out all night.


night sky in july 2009


moon phases

Tuesday 07 July - Full Moon
Tuesday 15 July - Last Quarter
Wednesday 22 July - New Moon
Tuesday 28 July - First Quarter


planets visible in july

Spectacular Saturn with rings and all can be viewed in the evenings throughout July for about four hours after sunset.  Equally impressive is Jupiter, which rises shortly after sunset and can be seen the whole night.  Through the telescopes you will see the belts around Jupiter and its four Galilean moons.  Other planets visible in the evening sky are Uranus and Neptune, and in the morning sky, Mars and Venus are visible through telescopes.


night sky in june 2009


moon phases

Sunday 07 June - Full Moon
Monday 15 June - Last Quarter
Monday 22 June - New Moon
Monday 29 June - First Quarter


planets visible in june

Venus rises just after 03h00 is visible for about four hours before sunrise.  Mars can be seen in the morning sky for three hours before sunrise.  Jupiter is visible all night from about 22h30 on the 1st and from 20h30 on the 30th.  Saturn is visible all evening until midnight on he 1st and 22h00 at month end.  Uranus is visible after midnight for the first week and then from just before midnight for the rest of the month.  Neptune rises well before midnight and is visible until sunrise. 


night sky in may 2009


moon phases

Friday 01 May - First Quarter
Saturday 09 May - Full Moon
Sunday 17 May - Last Quarter
Sunday 24 May - New Moon


planets visible in May

Mercury is an evening sky object until the 15th.  Venus is visible in the morning for about two to four hours before sunrise.  Mars is visible in the mornings from just before 04h00.  Jupiter can be seen from just after midnight on the 1st and from 22h30 at month end.  Saturn is visible all evening until 02h00 and until midnight at month end.  Uranus rises at 03h00 on the 1st but is visible from 01h00 until sunrise at month end.  Neptune can be seen in the morning sky from just after midnight and from 22h30 at month end.   


night sky in april 2009


moon phases

Thursday 02 April - First Quarter
Thursday 09 April - Full Moon
Friday 17 April - Last Quarter
Saturday 25 April - New Moon


planets visible in April

Mercury sets a few minutes after sunset.  Venus is visible in the morning from one to two hours before sunrise the entire month.  Mars is visible for two hours before sunrise all month.  Jupiter rises at 02h00 at the beginning of the month and just after midnight by month end.  Saturn is visible all night until 04h00 on the 1st and until 02h00 at month end.  Uranus can be seen in the early morning sky all month.  Neptune rises around 02h30 on the 1st and just after midnight at month end. 


night sky in march 2009


moon phases

Wednesday 04 March - First Quarter
Wednesday 11 March - Full Moon
Wednesday 18 March - Last Quarter
Tuesday 26 March - New Moon


planets visible in March

Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune can all be viewed at different times throughout March.  Of these, Saturn with its rings is by far the most spectacular and can be seen the whole night during March. 


night sky in February 2009


moon phases

Tuesday 03 February - First Quarter
Monday 09 February - Full Moon
Monday 16 February - Last Quarter
Wednesday 25 February - New Moon


planets visible in February

Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune can all be viewed at different times throughout February.  Of these, Saturn with its rings is by far the most spectacular and can be seen the whole night during February.


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