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New Storms Erupt on Neptune.

Astronomers using the Keck telescope at the Maunakea observatory in Hawaii have detected the presence of earth-sized storms on Neptune.  The article below gives further details of the discovery and why the appearance of these storms in unusual.

Neptune is currently in the constellation of Aquarius and will reach opposition on 5th September at  magnitude of +7.4.  The ice giant has a small disk size of 2.4" and small telescopes will reveal little more than a bluish disk.  Imagers using larger instruments can however follow large storms on Neptune's disk-  On 7th October 2014, Australian amateur Anthony Wesley used his 16 inch telescope to image bright storms in the planet's atmosphere.  If you have access to a large telescope, it might be worth making regular observations of Neptune to see if the storms can be detected.  You can send your observations to Mike Foulkes who directs the Saturn, Uranus and Neptune Section.

Details of Neptune's location can be found in the Handbook of the British Astronomical Association.

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