Santas ISS Passes – Watch Santa (The International Space Station) on his Practice Runs.
Santas ISS: For the past few years, we’ve had some great festive fun in the UK with International Space Station passes in December.
Many Parents, grandparents and guardians have told their little ones that the ISS is actually Santa on his practice runs. This sounds silly to some, but many small children with playful adults found it magical and really thought they could see Santa!
Will your children see Santa on his practice runs this year? Perhaps they are too old now and know it’s the Space Station. Regardless, the ISS is an amazing sight to behold and we can use it to spread some extra magic and inspire them to find out more about Space this Christmas. Read on to find out 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.
Taurid Meteor Shower 2018
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. The few meteors it produces are notable for incredibly bright fireballs! Well worth looking out for. Read on to find out more. (more…)
Long Exposure Photograph of the ISS Credit: Mark Humpage
Photograph the International Space Station (ISS)
Photograph the International Space Station (ISS): If you have seen the International Space Station (ISS) pass over a few times with your own eyes, (here’s a guide to seeing the ISS) you may want to have a go at photographing it.
Photographing the International Space Station ISS is very worthwhile and gratifying. There are two basic methods; one being easy and the other being a little more difficult. Both methods are incredibly rewarding and good results can be obtained fairly quickly, once you have mastered the basics. (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.
ISS Long Exposure photo of a visible ISS pass Credit: Mark Humpage
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.