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Perseid Meteor Shower – Perseids 2017

The Perseid Meteor Shower 2017

Raining Perseids

The Perseid Meteor Shower Image Credit :- Astronomy Picture of the Day

The Perseids are one of the most prolific and best-known of the meteor showers and the Perseid Meteor Shower can be seen in late July and through August each year, with the maximum Perseid meteor activity on or around 11/12/13 August.

In 2017 the Perseids will be most active with a 75% illuminated Moon present later in the evening and before dawn. DO NOT LET THIS PUT YOU OFF LOOKING! The Perseids are famous for their bright meteors and fireballs. If you can see stars in the sky, you will see meteors. Only the faint ones will get drowned out by the Moon.

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ISS – International Space Station Passes UK July/ August 2017

UK ISS Pass details for July/ August 2017

Space Station

ISS Long Exposure photo of a visible ISS pass Credit: Mark Humpage

The International Space Station (ISS) is back over UK skies with some great evening passes during July and August 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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ISS – International Space Station Passes UK Spring 2017

UK ISS Pass details for Spring 2017

Space Station

ISS Long Exposure photo of a visible ISS pass Credit: Mark Humpage

The International Space Station (ISS) is back over UK skies with some great evening passes during Spring 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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ISS – International Space Station Passes UK April 2017

UK ISS Pass details for April 2017

ISS

ISS Long Exposure photo of a visible ISS pass Credit: Mark Humpage

The International Space Station (ISS) is back over UK skies with some great evening passes during April 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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Binoculars – Every stargazer should own a pair, but which ones?

Binoculars

Binoculars – Every stargazer should own a pair!

We think of telescopes when looking at ways to explore the night sky. But binoculars are more useful than telescopes in many situations. They come in various shapes and sizes. Which ones are good for astronomy? Read the rest of this entry »

Photograph The Night Sky Using Your Iphone – Reloaded

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Photo by Grainge (Twitter: @grainge ) Photo by James Parker (Twitter: @JP_Astronomy ) Photo by Matt at iastrophotography.com

Photograph Stars, Meteors, Satellites and even Nebulae with your iPhone and NightCap Pro

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Books – Astronomy, Space and A Whole Lot More

Books – Astronomy, Space and A Whole Lot More…

 

Tis the season to be jolly and consequently Christmas Presents are foremost on our minds. Books have always been the perfect Christmas gift and a gift for all seasons.

For Christmas this year, the Meteorwatch team have put together a fine collection of books which are out of this world. There are books to please armchair astronomers and books to impress wannabe astronauts and more! It can be hard work thinking about what Christmas presents to buy friends and loved ones. So we made this book list to help you.

Pour a glass of festive cheer and enjoy the list of books here:

 

Please read on for some great book ideas for Christmas. There are no spammy pop-ups, spammy articles, or the need to click through endless pages. Just scroll down the list effortlessly. Read the rest of this entry »

Telescopes Made Easy – The Ultimate List Of What to Buy

Telescopes Made Easy – The Simple List Of What to Buy

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Telescopes are tough to choose and confusing. There’s this type and that type. Big ones and small ones. Wooden ones. Plastic ones and telescopes made of metal. Telescopes with mirrors. Telescopes with lenses. Some long. Some short. Computerised, equatorial and manual. The list of different features, specifications and options goes on and on! Which one do you choose?

You can buy astronomy magazines. Read all the ads and research the internet. Ask around, seek advice and spend a lot of time deciding on the right telescope. Time-consuming and confusing for many!

Don’t worry, help is at hand.

This isn’t a guide to choosing telescopes, it’s a list! There are guides on this site, such as the Beginners/ family telescope guide.  This article lists telescopes in a simple way. What they do and suitability for you! Read the rest of this entry »

Geminid Meteor Shower 2016 – Most Reliable Meteor Shower of The Year

Geminid Meteor Shower 2016

Geminid Meteor Shower Eye Of the Needle Credit: David Kingham Photography - @davidkingham

Geminid Meteor Shower Eye Of the Needle Credit: David Kingham Photography – @davidkingham

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 – Tonight’s Sky, Highlights of the December Night Sky

Night Sky Guide December 2016

Your guide to constellations, deep-sky objects, planets, and events. Tonight’s Sky, highlights of the December Night Sky. Read the rest of this entry »