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Geminid Meteorwatch Trailer

Geminid Meteorwatch Trailer

The Geminid Meteor Shower peaks on the night of December 13 and 14 and is one of the most anticipated and reliable meteor showers of the year.

Under good observing conditions, up to 100 or more meteors can be seen per hour. For information on how to spot the meteors please see How to Observe Meteors. Read the rest of this entry »

Night Sky Guide November 2013

Night Sky Guide November 2013


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

Penumbral Lunar Eclipse Live October 18th

Penumbral Lunar Eclipse Live October 18th

On Friday October 18, the Full Moon will venture into Earth’s outer or penumbral shadow, producing an eclipse.  Slooh, the Community Observatory, will track the Moon with its Canary Islands Half-Meter telescope, showing real-time as well as time-lapse views of the eclipse, accompanied by live narration from Slooh’s Paul Cox, and astronomer Bob Berman. Read the rest of this entry »

International Space Station – UK ISS Passes October 2013

UK ISS Pass details for October 2013

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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 October 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 »

Night Sky Guide October 2013

Tonight’s Sky: October 2013

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

Evening Planets

Venus hovers low over the southwestern horizon in the early evenings of October. Use a telescope to get a better view of the planet.

Constellations and Deep-Sky Objects

Pegasus, the great winged horse of Greek mythology, prances across the autumn night sky. His body is denoted by a large area of stars known as the “Great Square.”

Pegasus hosts 51-Pegasi, the first Sun-like star known to have an extra-solar planet.

The brightest corner of the Great Square, Alpheratz, is also the brightest star in the constellation Andromeda. In Greek mythology, this princess was chained to a rock near the sea to appease a sea monster.

Within Andromeda’s boundaries, look for M31, the Andromeda Galaxy, an island of billions of stars. On a clear, dark night it appears as a faint smudge of light.

Approximately 2.5 million light-years away, M31 is the closest spiral galaxy to our own Milky Way Galaxy and the most distant object you can see with your eyes alone. Binoculars and small telescopes reveal M31’s glowing nucleus and spiral arms.
A smaller companion galaxy, M110, appears as a faint spot near the large galaxy. The Andromeda Galaxy is slowly pulling in, and will eventually consume, another one of its small companion galaxies, M32.

Morning Planets

Jupiter rises around midnight to dominate the sky throughout the morning hours.
Use binoculars or a small telescope to admire the giant planet’s features. Before sunrise, look for Mars above the eastern horizon. During mid-month it dances close to bright star Regulus. A telescope will help you to glimpse some of the planet’s features.

Events

An interesting meteor shower peaks on the night of October 21st to 22nd.

After midnight, look to the east, where the constellation Orion is rising. Every few minutes you may spy a tiny remnant of Halley’s Comet burning up high in the atmosphere. This is the Orionid meteor shower.

A penumbral eclipse of the Moon occurs on the 18th, visible to watchers in North and South America, Africa, Europe, and most of Asia. The Moon will darken slightly as it passes through the outer edges of Earth’s shadow.
The night sky is always a celestial showcase. Explore its wonders from your own backyard.

Credits

Produced by the Space Telescope Science Institute, Office of Public Outreach
Starfield images created with Stellarium
Mythological constellation forms from Firmamentum Sobiescianum sive Uranographia by Johannes Hevelius, courtesy of the United States Naval Observatory
Venus image courtesy of Mario Weigand
Andromeda Galaxy (M31) image based on an image courtesy of Naoyuki Kurita
Jupiter image courtesy of Todd Gross
Mars image courtesy of Matt Wedel
Narrated by Nancy Calo
Music written by Jonn Serrie
Production: Lucy Albert, Greg Bacon, John Bintz, John Godfrey, and Vanessa Thomas

Autumnal Equinox Live From Canary Observatory

Autumnal Equinox Live From Canary Observatory

Sunday, September 22, 2013 – 1:30 PM PDT / 4:30 PM EDT / 20:30 UTC

Earth will stand perfectly sideways to the Sun on Sunday, September 22, at 4:44 EDT. At that moment, the Sun will hover directly above the equator, and numerous celestial oddities will occur — even if most people simply know it as “the start of fall.” SLOOH will have a team of astronomers and production personnel on hand live at Canary Islands,  with live views from their observatory site, to discuss the myths and realities of the equinox. The show begins live at 4:30 PM EDT, 1:30 PM PDT Sunday.

Shine on Harvest Moon

Shine on Harvest Moon

 

Wednesday, September 18, 2013 – 7 PM PDT / 10 PM EDT / 02:00 UTC (9/19)

Join the Slooh Team to celebrate and discuss what we call a Harvest Moon, which is the Full Moon nearest the autumnal equinox.  We’ll be watching wonderful real-time images direct from Slooh’s Canary Islands observatory and through our partner facility in Prescott, Arizona. Paul Cox, Bob Berman, and Matt Francis will join the broadcast

 

Mars Enters the Beehive

Mars Enters the Beehive

Join Slooh’s Paul Cox to watch real-time images of the Red Planet Mars as it enters the Beehive Star Cluster.  This beautiful visual spectacle is an optical illusion as the Beehive Cluster is actually 577 light years away.

Comets and Asteroids LIVE

Comets and Asteroids LIVE

In an introduction to a new series of shows, join Slooh’s Paul Cox to observe comets and asteroids.  We’ll watch real-time images of these intriguing and potentially deadly objects direct from Slooh’s Canary Islands observatory.

September 2013 Stargazers Night Sky Guide

September 2013 Stargazers Night Sky Guide

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