11
DEC
2014

International Space Station Dates & Times for the UK in December 2014

The International Space Station (ISS) is set for a series of dramatic passes across UK skies this December. Look out for a solid bright white light moving at an almost constant speed across the late afternoon / early evening sky. The action begins at approximately 5:47pm on Friday 12t
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04
DEC
2014

See the Geminids Meteor Shower in December 2014

A spectacular show of shooting stars is on offer this December as the Geminids Meteor Shower lights up UK skies in the run up to Christmas 2014. The show has in fact already started; the first few Geminids have been reported by observers in the early hours of December 4th. As we move
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03
DEC
2014

Bright Comet Lovejoy C/2014 Q2 Set to Light Up Christmas & the New Year

Christmas 2014 sees a new bright comet climb into UK skies. Comet Lovejoy C/2014 Q2 is set to blaze a path up from the southern horizon in late December and early January 2015. The comet could be bright enough to be seen with the naked eye, and will surely look spectacular in binocula
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02
DEC
2014

The Christmas Star in the East this December is Jupiter

Jupiter shines as a beacon of bright white light in the eastern sky late evenings in December 2014, appearing as the Christmas Star in the East over the festive period. At the start of the month the giant planet climbs above the ENE horizon by 10pm, making it easy to view in  binocula
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30
NOV
2014

Exmoor Dark Skies Exhibition at Lynmouth Pavilion in December

This December experience Exmoor’s Dark Skies like never before at the Dark Starry Skies exhibition at the Lynmouth Pavilion in Lynmouth, North Devon. The exhibition, which runs from 1st December 2014 to 31st December 2014, features a thought-provoking blend of art, film, story,
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11
NOV
2014

Leonids Meteor Shower Set to Peak on 17-18 November 2014

The 2014 Leonids meteor shower is forecast to reach its peak in activity on the night of 17 – 18 November this year. Astronomers predict that Earth will encounter the highest rates of shooting stars at around 11pm GMT on November 17th with as many as 20 – 25 meteors shooti
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03
NOV
2014

How to Find Uranus and Neptune in November 2014

The outer gas giants, Uranus and Neptune, are not the easiest planets in our solar system to find in the night sky. Neither are obvious to the naked eye, but both can be seen using a telescope this November if you know where to look. In an 8-inch dobsonian reflector using a high-magni
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01
NOV
2014

Find Jupiter at Midnight in the Eastern Sky this November

Jupiter shines as a beacon of bright white light at midnight in the eastern sky this November. It is easy to find with the naked eye from the UK. Just look for the brightest star-like object over towards the east.  At the beginning of November 2014 Jupiter is very low on the eastern h
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24
OCT
2014

Stargazing at Dark Sky Discovery Sites in the UK

At Dark Sky Telescope Hire we organise private stargazing experience nights at many of the UK’s Dark Sky Discovery Sites. These are exclusive 1 and 2-hour stargazing sessions for individuals, couples, families and small groups. Stargazing sessions start with a laser-guided tour
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23
OCT
2014

Watch the Moon’s Close Encounter with Mars on 28th October

On Tuesday 28th October the Moon makes a close approach to the planet Mars in the UK evening sky. Look low to the south-west after sunset to see a thin crescent moon sat above a bright star-like object that shines a red-orange colour. The two objects, separated by about 6-degrees of s
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