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Leonid Meteor Shower 2016 – What To Expect This Year And How To See It.

Leonid Meteor Shower 2016

Leonid Meteor Shower

The Leonid Meteor Shower peaks on the evening of the 17th/ 18th November 2016. In the past, it’s been one of the most dramatic and infamous meteor showers. Read on to find out more. Read the rest of this entry »

Biggest Supermoon for 70 Years! Coming This November.

The Biggest Supermoon for 70 Years!

supermoon

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 »

Taurid Meteor Shower 2016 – Bright Fireballs on Chilly Nights

Taurid Meteor Shower 2016

Taurid Fireball Credit: Bill Allen @OutwestK9

Taurid Fireball Credit: Bill Allen @OutwestK9

The Taurid meteor shower is one of the annual meteor showers. It’s not a shower with lots of meteors like the Geminids in December or Perseids in summer, but the few meteors it produces are incredibly bright fireballs! Well worth looking out for. Read the rest of this entry »

Night Sky Guide November 2016

November 2016


Your guide to constellations, deep-sky objects, planets, and events. Tonight’s Sky, highlights of the November Sky.

Evening Planets

After sunset, look for bright Venus shining low in the southwest. Dimmer Saturn accompanies Venus for the first few days of the month. Use a telescope to get a better view before the planets sink below the horizon. Reddish Mars appears high in the southwest as the sky darkens. Try to spot details on the planet with a telescope.

Constellations and Deep-Sky Objects

Some fish, a ram, and a triangle can all be found in the November night sky. Pisces, in ancient mythology, are twin fish tied together. They represent two Greek gods fleeing fire. Look for the circlets of stars high in the southern sky. Just to the east of Pisces lies Aries, the golden ram of the Greek gods. It is a dim constellation. Pisces and Aries are in the zodiac, the band of sky through which the Sun appears to travel. Triangulum, a simple geometric constellation, has been identified since ancient times. Look for it next to the Ram and the Fish. The lovely Triangulum Galaxy resides here. It belongs to the same cluster of galaxies that includes our own Milky Way. Also known as M33, the galaxy is about 3 million light-years distant. It can be seen in a dark sky with binoculars.

Morning Planets

Jupiter shines in the southeastern sky before dawn. Get a good view of the giant planet’s cloud bands through the sights of a telescope.

Events

November boasts the Leonid meteor shower. This shower is the result of Earth’s annual passage through the dust trails left by Comet Tempel-Tuttle, which returns to the inner solar system every 33 years. Look for meteors on the evening of November 17th and early morning of November 18th. Unfortunately, bright moonlight will make it difficult to see fainter Leonid meteors this year. The night sky is always a celestial showcase. Explore its wonders from your own backyard – Credit Hubblesite.org

ISS – International Space Station Passes UK October 2016

UK ISS Pass details for October 2016

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 evening passes during October 2016.

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!

For times and info  Read the rest of this entry »

How To Watch The Perseid Meteor Shower

How to Watch and Observe Meteors

Deck chair meteor

One of the good things about meteors is that you don’t need any equipment-just your eyes and a bit of patience.  Even in a so-called ’meteor shower’, it is rare to get more than one meteor a minute; don’t be surprised if you see nothing for five or ten minutes, then two meteors in a row. Read the rest of this entry »

Perseid Meteor Shower – Perseids Set To Outburst In 2016

The Perseid Meteor Shower 2016

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 11/12/13 August. 2016 could see an outburst of meteors of approximately 200 per hour! Read the rest of this entry »

ISS – International Space Station Passes UK July/ August 2016

UK ISS Pass details for May/ June 2016

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 evening passes during July/ August 2016.

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!

For times and info  Read the rest of this entry »

ISS – International Space Station Passes UK May/ June 2016

UK ISS Pass details for May/ June 2016

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 evening passes during April2016 with UK Astronaut Major Tim Peake.

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!

For times and info  Read the rest of this entry »

ISS – International Space Station Passes UK April 2016

UK ISS Pass details for April 2016

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 evening passes during April2016 with UK Astronaut Major Tim Peake.

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!

For times and info  Read the rest of this entry »