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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 »

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 »

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 »

International Space Station – UK ISS Passes February 2014

UK ISS Pass details for February 2014

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

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 February 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 January 2014

Night Sky Guide January 2014

Tonight’s Sky: January 2014

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

Quadrantid Meteor Shower 2014

Quadrantid Meteor Shower 2014

Quadrantid Meteor Shower

Quadrantid Meteor Shower Credit: NASA

The Quadrantid Meteor Shower ushers in 2014 with its peak on the 3rd of January.

The Quadrantids can be an impressive meteor shower with rates of up to 120 meteors per hour at peak (under perfect conditions) and have been known to produce up to 200 meteors per hour.  The peak is quite narrow lasting only a few hours, however there will be plenty of meteors to look out for either side of maximum. Read the rest of this entry »

International Space Station – UK ISS Passes December 2013

UK ISS Pass details for December 2013

ISS image taken December 22nd Credit: Mark Humpage

ISS image taken December 22nd Credit: Mark Humpage

 

The International Space Station (ISS) is back over UK skies with some great passes during December 2013.  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 »

Geminid Meteor Shower 2013

Geminid Meteor Shower 2013

The Geminid meteor shower 2013 is the grand finale of astronomical events this year and is the most reliable and prolific of the annual meteor showers.
This year there will be a bright Moon when the Geminids are at their peak on the evening of the 13th/ 14th of December, but most of the brighter meteors should be bright enough to be seen. Read the rest of this entry »

December 2013 Night Sky Guide

December 2013 Night Sky Guide

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

Evening Planets

Lovely Venus hangs low in the southwestern sky after sunset. Use a telescope to make out its slender crescent profile.
By nightfall, Jupiter hovers above the eastern horizon. As the night progresses, Jupiter climbs higher into the night sky. Read the rest of this entry »