A Supermoon is a recent term. Often used to describe a full Moon nearer than 360,000 km (224,000 miles) near perigee. Its closest point to earth. The Full Moon can appear larger than usual. Up to 14% compared to when the Moon is at apogee – its furthest point away from Earth.(more…)
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.(more…)
UK ISS Pass details for WINTER 2019
The International Space Station (ISS) is back over UK skies with some great evening passes during January and February 2019.
Sirius – The Multicoloured Twinkling Star
During the winter months and around this time of year. We are able to see the mighty constellation of Orion rise high in the sky. Furthermore, a very bright multicoloured star lies nearby: Sirius – The Dog Star.
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.(more…)
A Bright Comet in the Sky
Comet 246P/Wirtanen: December 2018 is packed full of objects and events for the casual stargazer. Comet 46P/Wirtanen being another one of them this month.
Read on to find out more about this fabulous object and how to see it in December’s night sky.
Photograph Stars, Meteors, Satellites and even Nebulae with your iPhone using NightCap Camera – Updated for 2019
Learn how to take awesome pictures of the night sky with an iPhone and this simple app.
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 – 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.
Books – Astronomy, Space and A Whole Lot More…
Books For Christmas: Tis the season to be jolly and 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. (more…)
50 Awesome Space Christmas Presents – Helpful Gift Ideas for Kids.
Christmas Presents: Tis the season to be jolly and Christmas presents are foremost on our minds. Therefore the Meteorwatch team have put together a fine collection of children’s Christmas presents which are out of this world. Instead of the usual guides and articles, we have simply put some space-related gift ideas together for you – It’s Christmas! There are Christmas presents to please the tiniest Space Cadets and gifts to impress the more grown up Space Rangers. It can be hard work thinking about what Christmas presents to buy friends and loved ones. So we made this gift list so you don’t have too.
There is also a full list of Kids Gift Ideas on amazon here. It should help find that perfect gift or stocking filler.
Space Christmas Presents for Grown Ups – 50 of the Best!
Space Christmas Presents for Grown Ups: Tis the season to be jolly and consequently Christmas Presents are foremost on our minds.
Following on from the very popular “50 Awesome Space Christmas present Ideas for Kids.” The Meteorwatch team have put together a fine collection of grown-ups Christmas presents which are out of this world. Instead of the usual guides and articles, we have simply put some space-related gift ideas together for you – It’s Christmas! There are Christmas presents to please armchair astronomers and gifts 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 gift list so you don’t have too. (more…)
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.
UK ISS Pass details for November/ December 2018
The International Space Station (ISS) is back over UK skies with some great evening passes during November/ December 2018.
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! Read the rest of this post to find out when and how you can spot the station this November/ December.
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(more…)
Lights in the Sky – Have you Seen a UFO Flash or Streak in the Night Sky?
Have you seen lights in the night sky recently? Or what you may think is a UFO flash, streak, or fly across the heavens in the dead of night?
If you have, read on!
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…)
ISS Live Video – International Space Station (ISS) Broadcasts Live Video Of Earth From Space
- Black Image = International Space Station (ISS) is on the night side of the Earth.
- Gray Image = Switching between cameras, or communications with the ISS is not available.
- No Audio = Normal. There is no audio on purpose. Add your own soundtrack. (more…)
December 2018 Night Sky Guide
December 2018 Night Sky – December is a fantastic month for stargazing, especially in 2018. The nights are long and dark. With darkness falling late afternoon/ early evening and sunrise later in the mornings. December has cold dark nights heralding fantastically clear night skies. As long as the clouds stay away and the skies are clear!
There are some fantastic sights to see in December 2018’s night sky. So read on and lets see what you can see…
Aurora Photography: Photograph the Northern Lights on your iPhone with NightCap
Aurora Photography: The aurora is an amazing sight, and if you’re lucky enough to see the Lights you’ll want a photo or video to remember the occasion. With NightCap it’s easy! There’s just one important rule: