Bright Nova Appears in DelphinusBy Steve Owens @Darkskyman on twitter. See the original article here
Last night a bright nova was discovered in the constellation of Delphinus. It’s bright by nova standards: you normally need telescopes to see novae but this can can be seen with the naked eye – just! – and is easily spottable through binoculars. At the time of writing it has been observed at magnitude 6.3 by Koichi Itagaki, of Yamagata, Japan, and at magnitude 6.0 by Patrick Schmeer, of Bischmisheim, Germany. This means that under dark skies, free from light pollution, with good seeing conditions and good eyesight, it’s within the limit of human eyesight. If you’re in a city though, or if your eyesight isn’t perfect, you’ll need binoculars. Read the rest of this entry »
Perseid Meteorwatch – Saturday 10th to Monday 12th of August 2013
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.
UK ISS Pass details for August 2013
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.
Slooh Celebrates the Wave of Saturn
Don’t miss this historic live event tonight at 10.27pm BST (UK Time) (21:27 UTC) and don’t forget to say cheese!
Here is a chart to help you find Saturn tonight
Photography – Getting Started Infographic
Are you just starting out in photography, or are you just a little unsure on what settings to use on your camera?
If you are, check out this fantastic infographic by PhotographyDegree.com It lays out everything you need to know to get you using your camera correctly and to help give you the confidence to take great photographs.
Supermoon LIVE HD Coverage
Slooh Space Camera to Broadcast Live Feed of the
Full Perigee “Supermoon” in HD
THE SKY WILL KICK OFF SUMMER WITH 2013′s BIGGEST FULL MOON.
On June 23rd, 2013, the full Moon will be at its closest point to Earth of the entire year, known to astronomers as a perigee-syzygy Moon, and will appear about 12% larger in diameter than when it’s at the other side of its orbit, as it was on June 9th. Slooh Space Camera will cover the supermoon phenomenon on Sunday, June 23rd, live on Slooh.com, free to the public, starting at 6 PM PDT / 9 PM PM EDT / 01 UTC (6/24) – International times here: http://goo.gl/DXoo7 – viewers can watch live on their PC/MAC/Mobile device or by downloading the free Slooh iPad app in the iTunes store and touching the broadcast icon. Read the rest of this entry »