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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…)

ISS Live Video of Earth from Space

ISS Live Video – International Space Station (ISS) Broadcasts Live Video Of Earth From Space


Live streaming video by Ustream

  • 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, December Night Sky, Night Sky

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…

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Stargazing for Dummies by Steve Owens: Book Review

Stargazing for Dummies – One of the best books to buy!

Stargazing for Dummies, book

Stargazing For Dummies. If you have a passing interest in the night sky. Are just starting out in astronomy, or are already a seasoned astronomer. Then this is the book for you.

Read on to find out even more about this brilliant guide book. For sky watchers of all levels.

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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…)

Geminid Meteor Shower 2018 – Most Reliable This Year

Geminid Meteor Shower Eye Of the Needle Credit: David Kingham Photography - @davidkingham

Geminid Meteor Shower Eye Of the Needle Credit: David Kingham Photography – @davidkingham

Geminid Meteor Shower 2018

The Geminid meteor shower is the grand finale of astronomical events in 2018.  It’s also the most reliable and prolific meteor shower of the year.

This year, the Moon won’t be present on the evening of the Geminids peak.  Therefore, the sky will be dark which will reveal even more of the fainter meteors.

The Geminids are well known for having plenty to see with the brighter meteors/ fireballs being spectacular!  Read on to find out when, how, and more. (more…)

Kids Books – Stargazing, Science, Space and A Whole Lot More

Kids Books – Astronomy, Space and A Whole Lot More…

Kids Books For Christmas: Tis the season to be jolly and Christmas Presents are foremost on our minds. Kids 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 kids books which are out of this world. There are books to please stargazers 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 kiss book list to help you.

There is also a more general list of Space and Astronomy books here  You can also check out Space Gift Ideas for kids here.

Pour a glass of festive cheer and enjoy the list of Kids books here:

Please read on for some great kids 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…)

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