THE BIG SKY
Bright objects in the night sky get our attention. Monday 10 April is a tale of three delicious sights that’ll certainly have eyeballs turned skywards. Pick a canalside spot with open views to your east, south and west. As the sun sets cast your eyes eastwards for a full moon rising. It’ll look pretty spectacular – and big, being low to the horizon.
By 8:45pm you won’t fail to notice the second of our dazzling trio; a bright ‘star’ set just below the moon. This, as I’m sure you might gather, is no star. It is Jupiter, the second brightest planet in our night sky. For the night photographers among you the pair should make for a gorgeous scene set above a canal bridge, or perhaps popped up above your boat.
9: 05pm (give or take a few minutes!) ushers in our third celestial sparkler. Look west at first for a growing light creeping up over the horizon. A few minutes later watch it brighten and arc across the sky diving down towards the southeast near the Moon and Jupiter. What you’ll have just witnessed is the International Space Station sailing silently above us at 17,500mph. Let’s hope for clear sky!
Moon, Jupiter, Venus: See the Moon and Jupiter together on 10 April.