UK ISS Pass details for February 2017
The International Space Station (ISS) is back over UK skies with some great evening passes during February 2017.
The ISS is the largest Space Station/ laboratory ever built, it can be spotted with the naked eye at certain times as it orbits Earth at 17500mph at an altitude of roughly 200 miles.
Spotting the station is very easy and you don’t need any special equipment. You only need your eyes!
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Photograph Stars, Meteors, Satellites and even Nebulae with your iPhone and NightCap Pro
Geminid Meteor Shower 2016
The Geminid meteor shower is the grand finale of astronomical events in 2016. It’s the most reliable and prolific of the annual meteor showers.
This year the Moon is going to be full when the Geminids at their peak hiding the fainter meteors. Don’t let this put you off looking as there should still be plenty to see and the brighter meteors/ fireballs are spectacular!
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Night Sky Guide December 2016
Space Station (ISS) Pass Times December 2016
Space Station (ISS) is back over UK evening skies during December 2016. There are some great passes leading up to the Christmas period.
The ISS is the largest Space Station/ laboratory ever built. Orbiting Earth at 17500mph at an altitude of roughly 200 miles. Consequently, spotting the station is very easy and you don’t need any special equipment. You only need your eyes!
Fancy some festive fun? You could tell your Children it’s Santa on a practice run. Or whatever you think will fire their imaginations. A little bit of magic goes a long way with young children, maybe inspiring them in the future. You never know, Santa (The ISS passing over) could encourage a future Einstein, but most of all it’s fun.
How to Watch The Space Station
The Orion Constellation – Mighty Guardian of Winter Skies
Out of all the constellations in the night sky, one of the most well known and obvious is Orion. Anyone just looking up at the winter sky can’t help but notice this celestial wonder. Orion is probably the most striking of all the constellations. Let’s explore it some more. Read the rest of this entry »
The Biggest Supermoon for 70 Years!
This November brings an epic celestial event – A Supermoon. Not just any old Moon, the closest, brightest and largest full Moon for 86 years!
Visible to most of the planet, so don’t miss this epic lunar spectacle. Read the rest of this entry »
Taurid Meteor Shower 2016
The Taurid meteor shower is one of the annual meteor showers. It’s not a shower with lots of meteors like the Geminids in December or Perseids in summer, but the few meteors it produces are incredibly bright fireballs! Well worth looking out for. Read the rest of this entry »
Your guide to constellations, deep-sky objects, planets, and events. Tonight’s Sky, highlights of the November Sky.
After sunset, look for bright Venus shining low in the southwest. Dimmer Saturn accompanies Venus for the first few days of the month. Use a telescope to get a better view before the planets sink below the horizon. Reddish Mars appears high in the southwest as the sky darkens. Try to spot details on the planet with a telescope.
Constellations and Deep-Sky Objects
Some fish, a ram, and a triangle can all be found in the November night sky. Pisces, in ancient mythology, are twin fish tied together. They represent two Greek gods fleeing fire. Look for the circlets of stars high in the southern sky. Just to the east of Pisces lies Aries, the golden ram of the Greek gods. It is a dim constellation. Pisces and Aries are in the zodiac, the band of sky through which the Sun appears to travel. Triangulum, a simple geometric constellation, has been identified since ancient times. Look for it next to the Ram and the Fish. The lovely Triangulum Galaxy resides here. It belongs to the same cluster of galaxies that includes our own Milky Way. Also known as M33, the galaxy is about 3 million light-years distant. It can be seen in a dark sky with binoculars.
Jupiter shines in the southeastern sky before dawn. Get a good view of the giant planet’s cloud bands through the sights of a telescope.
November boasts the Leonid meteor shower. This shower is the result of Earth’s annual passage through the dust trails left by Comet Tempel-Tuttle, which returns to the inner solar system every 33 years. Look for meteors on the evening of November 17th and early morning of November 18th. Unfortunately, bright moonlight will make it difficult to see fainter Leonid meteors this year. The night sky is always a celestial showcase. Explore its wonders from your own backyard – Credit Hubblesite.org