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Simon's Blog - The Sky At Night

Photo: Roy Venkatesh

Towards the end of the week, as we start to drag in the very warm and dry air from southern Europe, we'll not only see temperatures in the high twenties, but also plenty of blue sky.

Of course it's not just by day that the clear skies will be a joy to see, as the night sky will also provide some treats too.

Roy took the above photo in Basingstoke last night and it features Venus just above the tree on the right and on the left the waning moon at just 10.4% illuminated.

Pete Scott sent in this photo of Jupiter watching over Clavell Tower in Kimmeridge.

You can also see Spica which is, as I'm sure you know, the brightest star in the constellation of Virgo and the 16th brightest star in the night sky.

Here's a stunning view of the Milky Way in the sky above Dorset from Sophie Johnson.

And finally from Ashley Fuggle in Hawkinge, a bit of star trail photography featuring his weather vane.

Ashley says "the picture shows how the Earth rotates in two hours and also the different colours of stars".