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ISS – International Space Station Passes UK April 2017

UK ISS Pass details for April 2017

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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 April 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!

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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 Pro

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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 »

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

Night Sky Guide December 2016

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 »

Space Station (ISS) Pass Times December 2016

Space Station (ISS) Pass Times December 2016

Space Station Christmas 2016

Space Station (ISS) is back over UK evening skies during December 2016. There are some great passes leading up to the Christmas period.

The ISS is the largest Space Station/ laboratory ever built. Orbiting Earth at 17500mph at an altitude of roughly 200 miles. Consequently, spotting the station is very easy and you don’t need any special equipment. You only need your eyes!

Fancy some festive fun? You could tell your Children it’s Santa on a practice run. Or whatever you think will fire their imaginations. A little bit of magic goes a long way with young children, maybe inspiring them in the future. You never know, Santa (The ISS passing over) could encourage a future Einstein, but most of all it’s fun.

How to Watch The Space Station

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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 »

Biggest Supermoon for 70 Years! Coming This November.

The Biggest Supermoon for 70 Years!

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This November brings an epic celestial event – A Supermoon.  Not just any old Moon, the closest, brightest and largest full Moon for 86 years!

Visible to most of the planet, so don’t miss this epic lunar spectacle.  Read the rest of this entry »