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In our SA Skies

Late April 2018
Three Planets
before dawn

MorningPlanets2018AprA (32K)
Face north and look straight up just before dawn - the two brightest "stars" above you are Saturn (left) and Mars (right).
To your left, in the west, the brightest object is Jupiter.
Look for the Scorpion between Jupiter and Saturn, and Sagittarius ("teapot") near Saturn.
Over the next few weeks, Mars will move away from Saturn.

Night of 27 July 2018
Total Lunar Eclipse
8:24pm to 00:19am (SA Time)

LunarEclipse2018JulNoteA (19K)
All of Africa will experience the total lunar eclipse of 27 July 2018.
The full moon will rise at sunset and start moving into the shadow of the Earth at 18:24 GMT. The eclipse will be total from 19:30 to 21:13 GMT, and ends at 22:19 GMT.
A poster (South African times) is available here (1M pdf).
For more info, visit HMNAO or Mr Eclipse.

For Educators

Solar System
Where are the planets now?
Get the planet "ecliptic longitudes" for any date this year here

A chart to plot planet longitues is here (40k pdf).