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Perseid Meteor Shower – Perseids 2018

Perseid Meteor Shower 2018

Raining Perseids

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

The Perseids – Perseid Meteor Shower 2018 is visible late July and through August. Maximum Perseid meteor activity is on and around 11/12/13 August. The Perseids are one of the most prolific and best-known meteor showers.

In 2018 there is no Moon present during the peak of the meteor shower. Consequently even more meteors will be visible due to dark skies! We will have perfect viewing conditions compared to other years if skies stay clear. Don’t miss natures firework display!

Prepare yourself for this coming cosmic spectacle and how to enjoy your #meteorwatch.
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ISS – International Space Station Passes UK Summer 2018

UK ISS Pass details for Summer 2018

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 Summer 2018

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 December 2017

UK ISS Pass details for December 2017

The International Space Station (ISS) is back over UK skies with some great evening passes during December 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!

For times and info  Read the rest of this entry »

Space Christmas Presents for Grown Ups – 50 of the Best!

Space Christmas Presents for Grown Ups – 50 of the Best!

Christmas Presents

Tis the season to be jolly and consequently Christmas Presents are foremost on our minds.

Following on from the very popular “50 Awesome Space Christmas present Ideas for Kids.” The Meteorwatch team have put together a fine collection of grown-ups Christmas presents which are out of this world. Instead of the usual guides and articles, we have simply put some space-related gift ideas together for you – It’s Christmas!  There are Christmas presents to please armchair astronomers and gifts 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 gift list so you don’t have too. Read the rest of this entry »

50 Awesome Space Christmas Presents – Helpful Gift Ideas for Kids.

Christmas Presents

50 Awesome Space Christmas Presents – Helpful Gift Ideas for Kids.

Tis the season to be jolly and Christmas presents are foremost on our minds. Therefore the Meteorwatch team have put together a fine collection of children’s Christmas presents which are out of this world. Instead of the usual guides and articles, we have simply put some space-related gift ideas together for you – It’s Christmas!  There are Christmas presents to please the tiniest Space Cadets and gifts to impress the more grown up Space Rangers. It can be hard work thinking about what Christmas presents to buy friends and loved ones. So we made this gift list so you don’t have too. Read the rest of this entry »

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 Camera

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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 »

Orion Constellation – Mighty Guardian of Winter Skies

The Orion Constellation – Mighty Guardian of Winter Skies

Orion Constellation

Orion Constellation – Credit Stellarium

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 »

Family Telescopes – A Guide to Choosing and Using the Right One

Family Telescopes

Family Telescopes

Interested in the night sky and thinking about buying a telescope? If like many families you like to do things together or have a tight budget, then this guide to choosing and using family telescopes is for you.  It’s also a great guide to beginners telescopes, the principals are the same.  Read the rest of this entry »

Sirius – Why Does it Twinkle

Sirius – The Twinkling Star

Orion and Sirius Credit VirtualAstro

During the winter months and around this time of year, after dark we in the northern hemisphere are able to see the mighty constellation of Orion rise high in the sky with a very bright companion in a nearby constellation: Sirius – The Dog Star.

Sirius is the brightest star in the sky and can easily be found in the faint constellation of Canis Major to the left and below Orion. Its name comes from ancient Greek meaning “glowing” or “scorcher.”

Sirius (a CMa) is the alpha star in this trusty hound and is roughly 8.5 light years away from Earth, making it one of the closest stars to us. It has a tiny companion star making it a binary system composed of “Sirius A” the main component (which is a white main sequence star) and “Sirius B,” a white dwarf star. As seen with the naked eye, Sirius can be seen to twinkle many different colours low in the winter evening sky. Read the rest of this entry »

Lunar Eclipse July 2018 – The Longest Lunar Eclipse/ Blood Moon of the Century!

 

 

Lunar Eclipse July 2018

Lunar Eclipse July 2018 – July is proving to be a fantastic month for stargazers. This is due to all of the naked eye planets on view, warm star filled skies and a lunar eclipse (Blood Moon) at the end of the month.

This isn’t just any old lunar eclipse though, it’s going to be the longest in over a century!

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ISS – International Space Station Passes UK Spring 2018

UK ISS Pass details for Spring 2018

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 2018

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!

For times and info  Read the rest of this entry »

ISS – International Space Station Passes UK February 2018

UK ISS Pass details for February 2018

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 February 2018

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!

For times and info  Read the rest of this entry »

Supermoon! A Full Cold Supermoon: The Only One in 2017

Supermoon

Decembers Full Cold Supermoon

Supermoon – The Full Moon on December 3rd is known in folklore as the “Cold Moon” or “Long Nights Moon”.  It’s not just any old Moon this month, the only Supermoon in 2017. Read the rest of this entry »

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

Night Sky Guide December 2017

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 »

Geminid Meteor Shower 2017 – Most Reliable Meteor Shower of The Year

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

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

Geminid Meteor Shower 2017

The Geminid meteor shower is the grand finale of astronomical events in 2017.  It’s the most reliable and prolific of the annual meteor showers.

This year the Moon won’t be present (last quarter) when the Geminids at their peak, promising dark skies which will reveal the fainter meteors. An added bonus as the Geminids are renowned for having plenty to see with the brighter meteors/ fireballs being spectacular!
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