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…)
Family Telescopes: Interested in the night sky and thinking about buying a family telescope? If like many families you like to do things together or have a tight budget, then this guide to choosing and using family telescopes is for you. It’s also a great guide to beginners telescopes, the principals are the same. (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.
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.
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.
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!