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e all know what a beautiful place the Broads National Park is during the day, but Norfolk and Suff olk night skies

have a beauty of their own thanks in no small part to their lack of light pollution. So what can you see throughout the seasons? All dates refer to 2021.

Spring highlights The night sky in early spring at 9pm

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The planet Mars shines brightly with a red colour some 30 degrees above the western horizon. It is now moving further from the Earth. The winter giant Orion is setting in the west and making way for one of the few constellations resembling its name – Leo the lion. It is easy to fi nd once you locate the Great Bear (Latin name Ursa Major) almost overhead. Follow the pointer down towards the south and you will fi nd Leo. Its brightest star, Regulus, is the 21st brightest star in the night sky and although it appears to be a single star it is a multiple star system. A pair of binoculars will show one of the other stars in the system. Going back to the Great Bear, many people can recognise the Plough and a careful view of it will show you the last but one star in the handle, Mizar, is clearly a double star. A pair of binoculars shows this very easily. If you want to see craters on the moon then you

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need a pair of binoculars, 7x50 magnifi cation will suffi ce. Some of the best views are around the fi rst quarter, which happens around 21 March, 20 April and 19 May, although the lighter evenings will make this less easy. One of the most prominent craters on the Terminator (band between light and dark) is Archimedes, some 50 miles across with crater walls 6,500 feet high, more than 20 times the height of Big Ben. To the south east of this are the Apennine

Mountains with Mount Hadley near their northern end. The site of the Apollo 15 landing was in its shadow. There is a chance to see a thin crescent moon just below Mars on 19 March and again on 17 April in the west.

Summer nights The night sky in early summer at 12 midnight

Because of the short nights, summer does not give us much to see in the night sky, although, on a moonless night and in a dark place, the Milky Way will be stretching from the north east to south through the constellations of Cygnus and Aquila. On 29 June, just before 3am, a lovely grouping of a waning moon, Jupiter and Saturn makes a nice photo opportunity. Another chance for this occurs on 25 July and 21 August sees a near full moon joining the pair of planets. The 12 August is the peak of the Perseid meteor shower and with the moon out of the way there is a chance to see as many as 50 meteors per hour. One of the loveliest displays to see between

late May and early August is noctilucent clouds. These are thin layers of cloud sitting high in the mesosphere, a zone about 50 miles above the surface. The clouds are illuminated by the sun, which at this time of year is only six degrees below the horizon. The phenomenon is visible from between 90 minutes and two hours after sunset or shortly before sunrise.

Autumn highlights The night sky in early autumn at 9pm

Moving on into autumn and longer nights we see the Milky Way stretching right overhead from north east

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