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Sunday 2 April 2023 Dublin: 8°C

# Astronomy Ireland

This year
# Wolf Moon
Stargazers encouraged to look upwards for a view of the ‘Wolf Moon’
While the moon is technically full this evening, to the naked eye it will have looked ‘full’ last night and will look full tomorrow night also.
# Astronomy
Moon and Mars to appear close to each other in night sky during rare 'conjunction' tonight
It has been called “one of the most amazing sights” in the night sky this month.
Last year
# Solar System
All the planets in the solar system visible tonight and tomorrow night
While the chances of seeing Venus and Saturn are gone for tonight, Jupiter is still visible.
# The Red Planet
Mars set to be visible next to the full moon tonight
The planet will be “extremely bright to the naked eye” from this evening.
# Out of this World
Jupiter should be visibile tonight as it comes closest to Earth in 60 years
The planet will come within 590 million kilometres of Earth during an event known as “opposition”.
# Space Oddity
'Fireball' spotted crossing the sky over Ireland and UK last night likely to be space debris
Astronomy Ireland’s David Moore told The Journal that they were “flooded with reports” of sightings of the fireball last night.
All time
# Shooting Stars
'A lightning sort of brightness': This stunning shot of the Perseids was captured over Wexford
The Perseids meteor shower which peaked on Wednesday and Thursday night will continue tonight but with a reduced number of meteors likely to be visible.
The Perseids meteor shower which peaked on Wednesday and Thursday night will continue tonight but with a reduced number of meteors likely to be visible.
# Shooting Stars
Clear spells to give Irish stargazers a glimpse of Perseids as annual meteor shower peaks
There will be 20 times more shooting stars than on a normal night.
# Supermoon
Everything you need to know about tonight's Flower Supermoon
The third supermoon of this year will be visible tonight and tomorrow, with the perfect time to watch at around 10pm tonight.
Spooky skies: Rare blue moon to shine over Ireland on Halloween
It will be the second full moon of this calendar month, making it a “Blue Moon”.
# Aurora Borealis
Northern Lights visible from Ireland this week - and tonight's the best time to see them
The lights, also known as Aurora Borealis, are expected to be visible from all over the country.
# Eyes up
Look out: Perseid meteor shower to peak over Irish skies from tonight
The meteors will be visible all night from dusk until dawn.
The best meteor shower of the year will be visible this week
There will be 20 times more shooting stars than a normal night on Tuesday and Wednesday.
# Skywatch
'Now is the time to watch': The Neowise comet will be closest to Earth in the coming days
The comet is bright enough to be seen with the naked eye in both urban and rural areas.
# Once in a century
'The comet of the century' - NEOWISE comet is visible in Irish skies
The NEOWISE comet is expected to be visible in Ireland until the end of July
# Look Up
A penumbral lunar eclipse is currently taking place and will be visible over Ireland this evening
Tonight will see one of four eclipses occurring in 2020.
# great gig in the sky
'Green ball of fire' - A stunning green fireball lit up the Irish sky last night
The brightest of the fireballs was at about 6.54 pm last night.
# Shooting Star
Tonight's the night as Perseid meteor shower set to light up the skies in Ireland
Astronomy Ireland said you won’t need a telescope to get a good view of the shooting stars – weather permitting, of course.
# up early
Everything you need to know about viewing the 'super wolf blood moon' overnight
The next total lunar eclipse won’t happen for 14 years.
# up early
Irish stargazers will be able to view a rare 'super wolf blood moon' on Monday
It’s the only lunar eclipse viewable in Ireland this year.
# get a look
Public invited to use Ireland's most powerful telescope to view the moon
Astronomy Ireland, a non-profit group for members of the public interested in space, is setting up the telescopes.
# rare occurrence
Keep watch - the Northern Lights could be on display in Ireland's skies this weekend
That’s according to Astronomy Ireland.
# Eyes to the sky
Irish stargazers warned the moon may spoil tonight's meteor shower
The moon at at 80% illumination and could outshine some of the shooting stars as they pass through the sky.
# Look Up
The planet Venus will be getting very close to us tonight
You don’t need a telescope for this one.
# Slightly smaller
Stargazers rejoice: There's another supermoon on the way
This one will only be 1/200th smaller than the supermoon we saw last month.
# cosmic ballet goes on
The supermoon is still over Ireland - here's how it looked last night
The moon will remain much brighter than normal this evening – cloud permitting.
# glancing at the moonlight
Look up: The supermoon is expected to last until Wednesday night
Despite being 2,023 kilometres farther away, the moon will still look as big as it was on Monday night.
# on display
Look up - the Northern Lights could be on display in Ireland's skies tonight
That’s according to Astronomy Ireland.
# Shooting Stars
Look out your window tonight - there's a special meteor shower due over Ireland
There will be more than double the usual fireball activity associated with the annual Perseid outburst, which begins around 11pm Irish time.
Keep an eye on the sky tonight for the first 'Strawberry moon' in 70 years
The last time the phenomenon occurred was in 1967.
# watch the skies
A once-in-a-generation phenomenon will be played out in the sky over Ireland tomorrow
Mercury is set to pass across the sun tomorrow afternoon. You won’t see the phenomenon again this clearly until 2049.
# Jupiter
Keep an eye on the sky tonight for a spectacular astronomical display
It’s the most impressive display the Moon can ever put on with another celestial object.
# super blood moon
Photos: Didn't manage to see the blood moon last night? Here is what you missed...
If you have been asleep for the last eight hours here is what you missed.
# is it a bird? Is it a plane?
Look up - a bunch of astronauts are about to float over Ireland
The International Space Station will be visable in our skies for the next five nights.
# Eyes to the sky
Look out the window: You'll be able to see Jupiter next to the full moon
The massive planet will be visible to the naked eye – even from brightly lit cities.
There will be six astronauts flying over our heads tonight, so look up
The International Space Station can be seen in Irish skies tonight and tomorrow.
# international Santa station
Something very shiny in the sky tonight at 5.22pm and 6.58pm
It could be the International Space Station or it could be…
# That's amore
Did you miss the supermoon last night? Don't worry, you'll have two more chances
Just mind the werewolves.
# i spy
This is your last chance to see the SuperMoon in 2014
Get your smartphones ready.
# Shooting Star
Ireland could* be the best place in the world to see a stunning meteor shower tonight
*Weather permitting of course, but it’s not looking too good right now…