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March 2019 Night Sky Guide – What’s Up In March

March 2019

March 2019 Night Sky Guide. Welcome to the night sky in March. Winter is almost over and ends with the Spring Equinox toward the end of the month. From then on, nights will become shorter and days longer.

March 2019 is a great month for stargazing. Whether you are a beginner or seasoned stargazer. There is something for all. This guide is suitable those with zero experience upwards.

Read on to find out even more about the night Sky in March 2019.

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Orion Constellation – Mighty Guardian of Winter Skies

Orion Constellation

The Orion Constellation – Mighty Guardian of Winter Skies

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. (more…)

Morningstar Venus – Bright Wonder of Winter Morning Skies

Venus and Mercury Credit: Szabolcs Nagy from the VirtualAstro Flickr group

Morningstar Venus – This Winters Brilliant Morning Object

Morningstar Venus: If you’re up early before sunrise this winter, you will notice the unmissable Morningstar Venus. Venus will be shining brightly in the eastern sky before the sun rises. It will also be visible for a short time after sunrise due to being so bright!

Venus became the “Morningstar” early in November and will become more and more spectacular. Read on to find out more.

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Pleiades – Seven Sisters – Subaru – M45. Jewel of Winter Skies

Pleiades, M45, Seven Sisters, Subaru

Pleiades over Weatherly Pennsylvania. Credit: Tom Wildoner

The Pleiades, Seven Sisters, Subaru, M45 – Star Cluster of Many Names

The Pleiades star cluster is the jewel of winter skies. It is an object with many names. It is also referred to as the Seven Sisters, or Messier 45 (M45). The Japanese have their own name for this prominent star cluster also. “Subaru” – meaning to unite.

Read more about this amazing object and how to see it in the night sky.

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February 2019 Night Sky Guide – What’s Up In February

February 2019

February 2019 Night Sky Guide. Welcome to the night sky in February. This month brings the promise of crisp clear nights (when it isn’t cloudy of course) and maybe even some snow.

February 2019 is certainly a fantastic month for stargazing. Whether you are a beginner or seasoned stargazer. There is something for all. This guide is suitable those with zero experience upwards.

Read on to find out even more about the night Sky in February 2019.

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Quadrantids 2019 – Best Meteor Shower this Year

Quadrantids, meteor shower, 2019
Credit Meteorwatch @VirtualAstro

The Quadrantid Meteor Shower 2019 is above all others this year the one to watch. In fact, It will probably be the best meteor shower of the year.

But why? “Aren’t the Perseids in August and Geminids in December the best?” I hear you say. They aren’t this year I’m afraid.

Read on to find out why the Quadrantids above all others could be the best meteor shower of 2019

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January 2019 Night Sky Guide – What’s Up In January

January 2019 is upon us and first of all, I would like to wish you Happy New Year!

Did you get a telescope or binoculars for Christmas? Maybe an astronomy book or new camera? January 2019 is perfect for getting started. You can certainly count on long dark nights and crisp starry skies. As long it stays clear.

January 2019 is a fantastic month for stargazing. Whether you are a beginner or seasoned stargazer. There is something for all.

Read on to find out even more about the night Sky in January 2019.

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Beginners Guide to Seeing the International Space Station (ISS)

International Space Station

Long Exposure Image of ISS pass. Credit: VirtualAstro

Beginners Guide to Seeing the International Space Station (ISS)

The International Space Station (ISS) is a huge space station orbiting Earth that serves as an orbital laboratory, factory, testing ground and home; Crew members conduct experiments from biology to astronomy. Including experiments for prolonged exposure to life in space for future missions to the Moon and beyond.

The ISS is major accomplishment for NASA (US), ESA (Europe), JAXA (Japan) CSA (Canada) and all the countries involved (16 in all). The space station is just over 72 m long by 108 m wide and 20 m high. Maintained at an orbital altitude  between 330 km (205 mi) and 410 km (255 mi). It travels at an average speed of 27,724 kilometres (17,227 mi) per hour. Completing 15.7 orbits per day.

How to Look for The International Space Station (ISS)

One of the best things about the ISS is that you can see it with your own eyes from Earth! Therefore, it’s very easy to watch the International Space Station pass over your own backyard! (more…)

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