Canal Boat - - Boater’s Break - WITH SEB JAY

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.

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