30
DEC
2013

Finding Comet Lovejoy (C/2013 R1) in January 2014

Comet Lovejoy (C/2013 R1) remains a bright telescope comet in January 2014. From the UK it is best seen in the morning sky above the eastern horizon from about 4am until dawn. At the start of the month it is found at the southern end of the constellation of Hercules. Through January i
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29
DEC
2013

BBC Stargazing Live Returns to BBC2 on 7th January 2014

Stargazing Live returns to BBC2 for three consecutive nights from Tuesday 7th January 2014. At the helm once again, and bringing the show to us live from Jodrell Bank in Cheshire is the irrepressible Professor Brian Cox and professional funny-man Dara o’Briain. Their supporting
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27
DEC
2013

Moonless UK Skies for January 2014 Quadrantids Meteor Shower

The 2014 Quadrantids Meteor Shower is active between 1 January and 6 January. As many as 50 – 100 meteors per hour might be seen at the Quadrantids peak, which falls on the night of January 3rd. With a new moon falling on New Year’s Day 2014 there’ll be no moonlight
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12
DEC
2013

Best Times to See the ISS over UK Skies in December 2013

Mid and Late December 2013 sees the International Space Station (ISS) sail over UK skies during the early evening. Some of the best passes are between 4:30pm and 6pm, just as many folk are on their drive home from work. If you’re stuck in traffic on a clear evening, do look up i
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06
DEC
2013

Comet Lovejoy C/2013 R1 at 5am on 6 December 2013

A clear sky this morning so up at 5am to view Comet Lovejoy in the morning sky. The comet was easy to find to the upper left of the northern crown – Corona Borealis – in the northeastern sky. Used a 200mm 8-inch dobsonian to view the comet with a 17mm eyepiece, which gave
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03
DEC
2013

Watch the Geminids Meteor Shower Light up UK Skies this December

The 2013 Geminids meteor shower peaks this year on the night of 13 -14 December. Up to 100 meteors per hour are likely to shoot across the sky from a radiant in the constellation of Gemini. Best times to see the Geminids from the UK are between 9pm on 13th December and dawn on 14th De
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01
DEC
2013

Best Times to See Jupiter’s Great Red Spot in December

Jupiter’s Great Red Spot (GRS) is a dynamic 300-year old storm system swirling around Jupiter’s upper atmosphere. In December 2013 it is located at around 203-degrees longitude in the Southern Equatorial Belt (SEB). This giant system, which is more than twice the size of t
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28
NOV
2013

How to Find Comet ISON and Comet Lovejoy in December

December 2nd Update: December 2013 could well prove to be the month of the comet – or at least the month for Comet Lovejoy. Despite reports to the contrary, Comet ISON did partially survive its fiery encounter with the Sun on November 28th. As of 2nd December images from the SOH
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25
NOV
2013

Chasing Comet ISON into the December Evening Sky

Comet ISON (C/2012 S1) dips behind the Sun on November 28th. It’ll be invisible to us here on Earth, and might get as close as a million kilometres to the Sun’s fiery surface. The heat from the Sun will be intense. As comets are made primarily from ice and rock, it would n
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17
NOV
2013

Jupiter’s Great Red Spot Getting Redder

As Jupiter grows bigger and brighter in the sky towards its January 2014 opposition, the famous Great Red Spot (GRS) is also starting to put on a show. Through the summer and early autumn this 300-year old storm system really wasn’t much to look at through a telescope, appearing
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