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International Space Station – UK ISS Passes December 2014

ISS UK Pass details for December 2014

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ISS Pass Times Over The Christmas Period

The International Space Station (ISS) is back over UK skies with some great evening passes during December 2014 with passes over the Christmas period.

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!

Check out the Beginners Guide to Seeing the ISS to learn how easy it is to spot sailing over and the Beginners Guide to Photographing the International Space Station (ISS). Read the rest of this entry »

Beginners Telescopes, Easy Guide and Review

Beginners Telescopes – Easy Guide and Review

Beginners Telescope

Choose wisely when buying a Telescope Credit: meteorwatch

Beginners Telescopes: 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 »

Christmas Eve ISS Passes USA and Canada 2014

Christmas Eve ISS Passes USA and Canada 2014

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It’s Christmas Eve. presents are under the tree and it’s time to make merry with a little festive fun!

The international Space Station (ISS) will be passing over North America, it will appear as a bright star like object moving across the early evening sky. Read the rest of this entry »

Meteor Showers – How to Photograph them with your iPhone

Shooting stars: a beautiful sight everyone should see at least once!

Have you ever seen a shooting star? It’s quite a spectacle, seeing a little piece of dust or rock burning a line across the night sky. If you’d like to see shooting stars (or perhaps even a much more impressive fireball!) without waiting for hours and hours, what you need is a meteor shower.

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While you’re at it, why not take an amazing photo? With NightCap Pro you can photograph a meteor shower using your iPhone!

What is a meteor shower?

Meteor showers happen when a comet (or sometimes an asteroid) crosses the earth’s orbit around the sun. They leave behind a trail of dust and small bits of ice and rock, and each time the earth passes through this trail lots of these bits burn up in our atmosphere. Each time it happens, we see a shooting star.

When to see a meteor shower

There are many meteor showers throughout the year. There’s an excellent guide to viewing meteor showers including a good timetable at Meteorwatch.

What to expect

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Photograph The Night Sky Using Your Iphone

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

Learn to photograph the night sky on an iPhone with NightCap Pro

First, if you haven’t done so already, learn our 3 Golden Rules for great low light photography as this covers the basics.

When you’ve done so, we’re ready for the first challenge, stars! Read the rest of this entry »

December Night Sky Guide

December Night Sky

Tonight’s Sky: December 2014

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

Geminid Meteor Shower 2014 – Meteorwatch

Geminid Meteor Shower 2014

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 2014 is the grand finale of astronomical events this year.  It’s the most reliable and prolific of the annual meteor showers.

This year the gibbous Moon rises after midnight causing little interference to the Geminids at their peak on the evening of the 13th/ 14th of December.

The moon will only interfere with fainter meteors with little effect on bright meteors/ fireballs. Read the rest of this entry »

Soyuz Launch to The International Space Station – WATCH LIVE

Soyuz Launch to The International Space Station – WATCH LIVE

Broadcast live streaming video on Ustream

NASA Orion Test Flight – Live launch December 5th 2014

NASA #Orion Test Flight – Live launch December 5th 2014

Broadcast live streaming video on Ustream

Night Sky Guide November 2014

Night Sky Guide November 2014

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

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International Space Station – UK ISS Passes October 2014

UK ISS Pass details for October 2014

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The International Space Station (ISS) is back over UK skies with some great evening passes during October 2014. Watch out for this bright delight in the autumn skies.

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!

Check out the Beginners Guide to Seeing the ISS to learn how easy it is to spot sailing over and the Beginners Guide to Photographing the International Space Station (ISS). Read the rest of this entry »