No telescope required
What a glorious evening we were blessed with on Tuesday, as the new moon left us with an unimpeded view of our universe.
Even the sunset that day was pleasant, as the partial break in the fringe cloud offered us a true view of the sun being gobbled up by the sea.
But back to the night sky. Venus shone immeasurably more brightly in the western sky than any other heavenly body, although Jupiter, shining radiantly slightly to the north and a little more elevated, was also a spectacular vision.
Even Mars, to the east, was beautiful and clear with its hazy red hue identifying it, as always.
And all this viewed with a cold beer in hand and not a hint of ocular enhancement. Just plain old eyes. No need for a ridiculously-priced telescope here.
I encourage everyone who is able to venture outside during the hours of darkness to feed that long dormant fascination and utilise the increasingly clear night skies to witness the most