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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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Night Sky Guide August 2014

Night Sky Guide August 2014

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

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Perseid Meteor Shower – Perseids 2014

The Perseid Meteor Shower 2014

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 12/13 August. Read the rest of this entry »

Perseid Meteorwatch 2013

Perseid Meteorwatch – Saturday 10th to Monday 12th of August 2013

Perseid Meteor Shower

Artists Illustration of perseid Meteors Credit: Meteorwatch

The Perseid meteorwatch 2013

The Perseid meteorwatch 2013 starts on Saturday 10th and runs each evening until Monday 12th of August 2013 @VirtualAstro  with the help of many more people, will be holding a Twitter #Meteorwatch for the Perseid Meteor Shower.

Everyone is welcome to join in, whether they are an astronomer, have a slight interest in the night sky or have a passing interest and just wonder?

The Perseids are the highlight of the astronomical calendar and a must see! They are ideal for those who want to see a meteor/ shooting star for the first time.

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International Space Station – UK ISS Passes August 2013

UK ISS Pass details for August 2013

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 2013. There is a special bonus this time as the passes take place during the Perseid Meteor Shower –  you may see shooting stars too!

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 »

The Easiest Guide To The Perseids Ever!

A bright fireball meteor on August 1, 2012. Credit: John Chumack.

 

Originally posted on Universetoday by Virtualastro

This will probably be the most simple and easiest guide to viewing the Perseids and other meteor showers you may possibly ever read. The reason why it is so simple is when you are outside you want to concentrate on looking for meteors and not worrying about technical details, which are unnecessary for the casual observer.

First, a LITTLE about the Perseids: Read the rest of this entry »

UK ISS Passes Over The Meteorwatch Period

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

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ISS (International Space Station) UK Pass details for Christmas 2012

 

It’s meteorwatch and as well as shooting stars from the Perseid meteor shower, we can see some excellent International Space Station (ISS) passes alongside the celestial fireworks. Read the rest of this entry »

What’s a Zenithal Hourly Rate? Meteor Shower Terminology 101.

Doubtless you’ve heard astronomers and meteor shower observers kick around terms such as “bolide,” “sporadic” and “Zenithal Hourly Rate” when it comes to showers like this weekend’s Perseids. Like any field of endeavor, these terms and phrases and help to describe what we see (or expect to see) and aren’t just designed to make us unpopular at cocktail parties. Here’s a quick rundown on terms that should be in your meteor watcher’s lexicon; use em’ to impress (or annoy) your friends while you watch for this weekend’s Perseids;   Read the rest of this entry »

Night Sky Guide August 2012

Constellations, deep-sky objects, planets and events, Tonight’s Sky, Highlights of the August Sky Read the rest of this entry »

The Perseid Meteor Shower 2012

Raining Perseids

Image Credit :- Astronomy Picture of the Day

The Perseids are one of the most prolific and best-known of the meteor showers and can be seen in late July and through August each year, with the maximum activity on or around 12/13 August. One advantage of the Perseids shower is that it happens in the warmer weather of Summer, which makes it ideal for anyone interested in seeing their first meteor. You can see a meteor at any time of year but, for a day or so around the date of maximum, there may be a ten times better chance of seeing one. Read the rest of this entry »