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International Space Station – UK ISS Passes August 2014

UK ISS Pass details for August 2014

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 passes during August 2014 and this month we have a special bonus with passes occurring during the Perseid Meteor Shower.

The ISS is the largest Space Station/ laboratory ever built orbiting the Earth, it can be spotted with the naked eye at certain times as it orbits the planet at 17500mph at an altitude of roughly 200 miles.

Spotting the station is very easy and you don’t need any special equipment, only your eyes. Read the rest of this entry »

Night Sky Guide July 2014

Night Sky Guide July 2014

Tonight’s Sky July 2014 Your guide to constellations, deep-sky objects, planets and events, Highlights of the July Sky

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ISS – Live Video of Earth from Space

International Space Station (ISS) Broadcasts Live Video Of Earth From Space


Live streaming video by Ustream

  • Black Image = International Space Station (ISS) is on the night side of the Earth.
  • Gray Image = Switching between cameras, or communications with the ISS is not available.

The Best Telescopes for Beginners, Easy Guide and Review

The Best Beginners Telescopes

Telescope

Choose wisely when buying a Telescope Credit: meteorwatch

When people first get interested or even talk about looking at the night sky and astronomy, the first thing that jumps to mind is stargazing using a telescope. It’s like a fisherman has a rod or a boat and a painter has a brush, to many it’s a rite of passage and something they must have to feel like a proper astronomer.

There is so much a beginner can see without a Telescope and even more to see with binoculars (a pair should be owned by every beginner and budding astronomer), but there comes a time when a beginner feels they must have a telescope. This is when you can venture into a very technical and confusing world for the first time. Read the rest of this entry »

Beginners Guide To Aurora

Beginners Guide To Aurora

 

Here is a very quick beginners guide to explaining aurora

Aurora = The Northern (or Southern) lights/ Aurora Borealis/ Australis

Usually seen near the poles of the Earth, but can be seen further South in the UK or USA.

So how and where does it come from?

“Coronal Mass Ejection” = A load of solar material hurled out of the Sun. A big one can contain billions of tons of “plasma”.

Plasma hits Earth’s “magnetosphere” causing “geomagnetic storms” = Aurora, also known as the Northern or Southern lights.

Geomagnetic storms are measured using a scale called the “Planetary Kp index” ranging from 1 to 9. 1 being low and 9 being a very heavy storm.

The higher the Kp index the higher the likelihood of Aurora and the further South it can be seen. 5 = Scotland 8+ Southern England.

Geomagnetic storms and aurora are very unpredictable and forecasts can be very vague, we don’t know the intensity or where the aurora can be seen from until it hits.

Here is a link to NOAA Space Weather Scales

To watch the aurora, you only need your eyes, just like watching meteors or the International Space Station. Look North and low down on the horizon, it may be faint at first.

Solar Flare

International Space Station – UK ISS Passes June 2014

UK ISS Pass details for June 2014

ISS

The International Space Station (ISS) is back over UK skies with some great passes during June 2014.

The ISS is the largest Space Station/ laboratory ever built orbiting the Earth, it can be spotted with the naked eye at certain times as it orbits the planet at 17500mph at an altitude of roughly 200 miles.

Spotting the station is very easy and you don’t need any special equipment, only your eyes. Read the rest of this entry »

Meteor Shower/ Storm

Camelopardalids Meteor Shower/ Storm

Meteor Storm

Meteor Storm Credit: The Abraham Lincoln Observer

Run for the hills a meteor storm is coming! Well that’s what some say and hope.

On the evening of May 23rd/24th Earth will pass through the debris stream of Comet 209P/LINEAR. For a while astronomers have believed this encounter could lead to a very strong meteor shower of possibly 200 to 1000+ meteors per hour – A meteor storm. Read the rest of this entry »

Saturns Rings and Planets in May – How to See Them

The Ringed planet Saturn, Mars, Jupiter and Mercury in May 2014

Saturn Credit: NASA

Saturn Credit: NASA

Saturn, Mars and Jupiter will be visible in night skies this month with tiny Mercury toward the end of May. We are in for a real treat as four of the best planets to see will be on show.  Venus shines bright in the mornings just before sunrise. Read the rest of this entry »

Night Sky Guide May 2014

Night Sky Guide May 2014

Tonight’s Sky: May 2014

Your guide to constellations, deep-sky objects, planets and events, Tonight’s Sky, Highlights of the May Sky

Evening Planets

As night falls, Read the rest of this entry »

Night Sky Guide – April 2014

Night Sky Guide – April 2014

Tonight’s Sky: April 2014

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

International Space Station – UK ISS Passes April 2014

UK ISS Pass details for April 2014

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 passes during April 2014.

The ISS is the largest Space Station/ laboratory ever built orbiting the Earth, it can be spotted with the naked eye at certain times as it orbits the planet at 17500mph at an altitude of roughly 200 miles.

Spotting the station is very easy and you don’t need any special equipment, only your eyes. Read the rest of this entry »

Night Sky Guide – March 2014

Night Sky Guide – March 2014

Tonight’s Sky: March 2014

Your guide to constellations, deep-sky objects, planets and events, Tonight’s Sky, Highlights of the March Sky Read the rest of this entry »