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SpaceX Starship Hi-Altitude Flight Test

Watch the Next Step in Commercial Space Travel to the Moon and Mars

Due to a Raptor engine auto-abort at T-1 second, the SpaceX team is standing down from Tuesday’s attempt of a high-altitude suborbital flight test of Starship serial number 8 (SN8) from our site in Cameron County, Texas. We have additional test opportunities available on Wednesday, December 9 and Thursday, December 10. The schedule is dynamic and likely to change, as is the case with all development testing. Stay tuned for more information on the next target test date and time. Read More on the official SpaceX website… Credit: SpaceX

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Christmas Star – Jupiter Saturn Conjunction on Winter Solstice

Christmas Star, Jupiter, Saturn Conjunction, Winter Solstice

Jupiter and Saturn get close and personal in the Night Sky this month

Christmas Star – Jupiter and Saturn are getting closer to each other in the night sky otherwise known as a conjunction. On December 21st 2020 – Winter Solstice, the two gas giants come very close together forming what many are calling the Christmas Star. They will appear closer than they have for the last 800 years!

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Geminid Meteor Shower 2020 – 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 2020

The Geminid meteor shower is 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…)

Books – Astronomy, Space and A Whole Lot 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…)

Watch the Dragon Crew-1 Launch LIVE Tonight!

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Watch the SpaceX Dragon Crew-1 launch live to the International Space Station.

Please see above for the Official SpaceX live feed and at the end of this page for the official NASA feed of this historic event.

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Santa Practice Runs – Christmas ISS Passes

Santas ISS Passes – Watch Santa (The International Space Station) on his Practice Runs This Christmas.

Santas ISS: For the past few years, we’ve had some great festive fun in the UK with (Santa) International Space Station passes before Christmas.

As a result, many parents, grandparents and guardians have told their little ones that the ISS is actually Santa on his practice runs.  On the other hand, 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.

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