Leonid Meteor Shower 2018 – Leonids. The Leonid Meteor Shower peaks on the evening of the 17th/ 18th November 2018. In the past, it’s been one of the most dramatic and infamous meteor showers. Read on to find out more. (more…)
November Night Sky 2018 – November is a fantastic month for stargazing. The autumn equinox has passed so we now have long and dark night skies. The first month of winter and as a result, cold crisp and clear evenings. When it isn’t cloudy of course!
There are some fantastic sights to see in Novembers night sky. So read on and lets see what you can see…
This months Full Moon also known as the Hunters Moon in folklore, occurs on October 24th 2018 at 17:45 BST. It is one of the years most striking Full Moons, due to the time of year with autumn well underway.
Novembers Full Moon – The Full Beaver or Frost Moon
Novembers Full Moon – Also known as the Full Beaver or Frost Moon in folklore, is the first Full Moon of winter. Most of the leaves have fallen, the air is crisp and the ground is damp and cold. Once full, the Full Moon will illuminate the early winters night time scene.
Orionid Meteor Shower 2018 – Everyone loves a good meteor shower and we have at least one every month starting in October through to January.
Early in October we had the Draconid Meteor Shower, which could have almost become a meteor storm. According to NASA the earth just missed a very dense part of the showers debris stream. We will have to wait another year to see if this minor shower will become a storm.
Now the Draconids are over, we can look forward to the Orionid Meteor shower – also known as the Orionids.
Telescopes Made Easy – The Simple List Of What to Buy
Telescope List: Telescopes are tough to choose and confusing. There’s this type and that type. Big ones and small ones. Wooden ones. Plastic ones and telescopes made of metal. Telescopes with mirrors. Telescopes with lenses. Some long. Some short. Computerised, equatorial and manual. The list of different features, specifications and options goes on and on! Which one do you choose?
You can buy astronomy magazines. Read all the ads and research the internet. Ask around, seek advice and spend a lot of time deciding on the right telescope. Time-consuming and confusing for many!
Credit: Maxwell Palau from the VirtualAstro Flickr group
Lunar Eclipse July 2018
Lunar Eclipse July 2018 – July is proving to be a fantastic month for stargazers. This is due to all of the naked eye planets on view, warm star filled skies and a lunar eclipse (Blood Moon) at the end of the month.
This isn’t just any old lunar eclipse though, it’s going to be the longest in over a century!
The Perseids – Perseid Meteor Shower 2018 is visible late July and through August. Maximum Perseid meteor activity is on and around 11/12/13 August. The Perseids are one of the most prolific and best-known meteor showers.
In 2018 there is no Moon present during the peak of the meteor shower. Consequently even more meteors will be visible due to dark skies! We will have perfect viewing conditions compared to other years if skies stay clear. Don’t miss natures firework display!
Prepare yourself for this coming cosmic spectacle and how to enjoy your #meteorwatch. (more…)