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We will be running a Blackheath Observing session on Friday 17 February from 7.30pm until around 11pm.
At the start of our session Uranus, Mars and Venus should still be visible in the SSW portion of the Sky (note, we will be running an extra even next weekend with an early start to allow us to view these planets as they will be very close in the sky). By 8.00pm, the Constellation of Orion will be at its highest offering views of M42 and and the jewel like double of Sigma Orionis that is placed between the Orion and Horsehead Nebula. As we move on through the night the easy sight for us on Blackheath is the pretty Beehive Cluster, M44 an open cluster containing a mixture of gold and blue stars which will be in the SE and climbing. A similar sight in the SW is the Hyades, Caldwell 41, a distinctive V shape mix of colourful stars dominated by Aldebaran which marks the eye of the Bull in the Constellation Taurus. These are just a few of the sights available to us from Blackheath and well worth viewing.
Blackheath is quite exposed so please wrap up warm.
We will meet at our usual spot just north of Talbot Place at 7.30pm. Talbot Place is the first left off Goffers Road after the Tea Hut. Parking is free after 6.30pm. A map of the site can be found here – http://flamsteed.info/observing/stargazing-events/blackheath-stargazing/ .