30
DEC
2012

Quadrantids Meteor Shower January 2013

2013 gets off to a spectacular start with the Quadrantids Meteor Shower sprinkling the sky with shooting stars between January 1st and January 6th. The shower’s peak is during daylight hours in the UK on January 3rd, so the best view of the meteor shower will be on the night of
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15
DEC
2012

Stunning Jupiter in the Evening Sky

Jupiter is looking awesome at the moment in the evening sky. It shines brightly at magnitude -2.4 in the constellation of Taurus the Bull in late November, making a nice pattern in the sky with the Hyades open cluster and Pleiades (M45) a little up to the right. There has been some go
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09
DEC
2012

Sir Patrick Moore 1923 – 2012

I met Sir Patrick Moore just the once. It was in 1991 when the London Planetarium existed as a separate entity next to Madame Tussauds. I and a group of friends from university went down to a special Planetarium showing in honour of Sir Patrick. He was special guest and we got to shak
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29
NOV
2012

Ganymede Moon Transit across Jupiter – 28 November 2012

On the night of November 28th the Galilean moon of Ganymede made a transit pass across the face of Jupiter. Galilean moon transits are not uncommon. There are several opportunities to see the phenomenon each month that Jupiter is in the sky. But on November 28th the transit took place
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06
NOV
2012

M1 Crab Nebula

Lurking in the constellation of Taurus the Bull is one of the most well-known yet elusive deep sky objects (DSOs) in the night sky. M1 – The Crab Nebula – might be #1 on Charles Messier’s list, but it is certainly not the easiest one of his 110 objects to see.YouR
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06
NOV
2012

Astro sketching talk for Bedford Astronomical Society

As a member of Bedford Astronomical Society (BAS) I was given the opportunity recently to talk on an astro subject close to my heart – astro sketching. It was a well attended evening with some 30+ members gathered together in our small resource room next to the Society observato
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26
OCT
2012

UK Stargazing Tourism

Stargazing tourism in the UK is a growth opportunity for owners and operators of tourist accommodation. In 2011 Exmoor National Park became Europe’ first officially designated dark sky reserve. It joined Galloway’s Dark Sky Park in Scotland as one of the best places in the
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23
OCT
2012

Jupiter and the Great Pale Spot

One of Jupiter’s most enduring features is its Great Red Spot (GRS) – a massive rotating storm in the planet’s upper atmosphere that carves its way across the disc every few hours. The storm system is larger than the Earth – in fact you could fit two Earth size
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04
OCT
2012

Could Comet ISON be brighter than the Moon?

The astronomy world is buzzing with the recent discovery of Comet ISON – a potential SuperComet that could shine brighter than the Moon by the time it reaches its closest approach with the Sun in November 2013. At the moment the Comet is a long way out from Earth, and very dim. 
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15
SEP
2012

Uranus Goes Double in September

Uranus makes a close approach to the star 44 Pisces in Mid September. On the night of 23 September and 24 September Uranus passes to within 41 arc-seconds of the star, making it a spectacular sight through a medium and large aperture scopes. Both Uranus and 44 Psc are about magnitude
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