Sky watching anzac-style

A NASA image of Jupiter.
A NASA image of Jupiter.

The night sky is always changing in appearance. One hundred years ago, on the exact same date, the moon was on the other side of the constellation of Cancer. Jupiter had already set in WA�s night sky and Saturn was low on the western horizon.

In the northern hemisphere, the stars would have looked quite unfamiliar to the Australian soldiers. The well-known Southern Cross constellation isn�t visible in the northern hemisphere.

After commemorating the 100-year Gallipoli landings anniversary, a peaceful place to reflect on the day and that time 100 years ago is out under the stars.

To see this picturesque view of Jupiter and the moon, turn out all your lights and head outside about 7pm on Anzac Day evening. The view is to the north.

The Beehive Cluster is great to look at with binoculars. You�ll see dozens of stars. It will appear about halfway between Jupiter and the moon.

Take a look at Jupiter with a small telescope and try spot some of its 64 moons.

If you want to know more about using your telescope, Stargazers Club is running a short class on May 2. Visit www.stargazersclubwa.com.au/telescope-class or call Carol 0427 554 035.