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Monthly Diary for 2017

January

 3rd Earth is at nearest point to the sun at 147,000,000km. 1st-4th Quadrantid Meteor Shower - best night 3rd/4th. Venus is brightest star in the evening for the whole month. America’s rover called Opportunity on Mars still working after12 years. Jupiter up early morning as a brightest star in the sky from 5am.  Orion best seen South between 7.30pm-11.00pm. 

February

Orion best seen - now due South between 6.00pm-10.00pm. Seven Sisters is to the right of Orion. Gemini seen as a rectangle to the upper left of Orion with. Jupiter is a very bright star early morning. Venus still very bright early evening.

March

Last good chance to see Orion & Gemini till next October. Good time to see Leo - backward ‘?’ under the Plough which will be high after 8pm. 21st–Spring Equinox (sun will rise due East & set due West. 12 hrs of day). 


April 

Final sightings of Orion & Seven Sisters in Taurus until October. Best time to see Leo - backward ‘?’ under the Plough which will be high up.


May 

Around the 13th, a shower called the Alpha Scorpiids will be seen; 20 meteors per hour. 9th; Transit of Mercury, the planet will appear in front of the sun from 11.12am until 6.42pm.

June 

Pluto is at the closest point to the earth on the 28th; just 4,674,000,000 km away.  21st Mid-Summer Day (Longest hours of daylight in northern hemisphere).  

July

7th - Earth is at farthest point from the sun at 152,000,000km. 4th, 15th -31st Delta Aquarid Meteor Shower - best night 28th/29th. 

August

Around 22nd 1st -17th Perseid Meteor Shower - best nights 11th to 13th - up to 60 shooting stars an hour. 

September

22nd - Autumn Equinox (the sun will rise due East & set due West. 12 hrs of day). 

October

Orion & Taurus now visible from 11pm. 

November

15th–19th Leonid Meteor Shower - best night 17th. Orion & Seven Sisters in Taurus visible from 10.00pm. Venus is seen in the eveings as a bright star low in the West toward the sunset area.

December

Orion & Seven Sisters in Taurus visible from 8.30pm. 9th-15th. Geminid Meteor Shower - best night 13th/14th. Bright meteors, some hit Earth. 21st-Mid-Winter Day (Shortest hrs of daylight in N. hemisphere).