11
NOV
2016

Red Mars Shines in the SW on November Evenings

November 2016 is a great time to find Mars in the early evening sky. Look towards the south and south-west after dark on a clear November evening and you’ll find an orange-red ‘star’ hanging low towards the horizon. Its unmistakable red hue is easy to see with the naked eye and in bin
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06
NOV
2016

Stargazing Experience Gift Boxes for Christmas and Birthdays

At Dark Sky Telescope Hire we’ve launched a new range of stargazing experience gift boxes for Christmas 2016. We’ve chosen 10 of the best places in the UK to stargaze and packaged 1-hour and 2-hour private stargazing experiences at these locations in beautifully crafted gi
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30
OCT
2016

Exmoor Astronomy Adventures from West Withy Farm

Stepping outside on a clear moonless night at West Withy Farm is an astronomer’s dream. Look up from the farm’s grounds on the eastern side of Exmoor and your eyes are bathed in ancient starlight from many thousands of distant suns. The absence of streetlights and the care
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14
OCT
2016

Stargazing Experience Gifts for Christmas 2016

Enjoy an amazing journey out across the universe through a big telescope with one of our unique stargazing experience gifts. At Dark Sky Telescope Hire we are offering our 1-hour, 2-hour and 3-hour private stargazing experiences as gift vouchers for Christmas 2016. Imagine exploring t
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14
OCT
2016

ExoMars 2016 Spacecraft Reaches Mars to Look for Martian Life

The ExoMars 2016 Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO) spacecraft officially reaches Martian orbit on 19 October. A joint mission between the European Space Agency (ESA) and Roscosmos, the Russian space agency, ExoMars 2016 is designed to detect and measure methane gas particles in the thin Martian
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01
OCT
2016

What’s All the Fuss About the October Black Moon?

Until a couple of days ago I had not heard of the term ‘Black Moon’. Hat’s off to the person who coined the term – I think it’s a pretty cool buzzword for an event that is based on seeing no moon at all twice in a calendar month. As rare as a blue moon, t
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01
OCT
2016

International Space Station Set for UK Evening Skies in October 2016

October 2016 sees the International Space Station (ISS) make a series of spectacular evening passes over the UK. Look to the evening sky after sunset for a bright white light moving steadily across the sky along a west-to-east or west-to-southeast trajectory. The space station is easy
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21
SEP
2016

See the Tiangong-1 Chinese Space Station over the UK before it falls to Earth

Media reports are emerging this week that the Tiangong-1 Chinese Space Station launched in 2011 is likely to crash back to Earth sometime in 2017. Speaking at the successful launch of its successor,Tiangong-2, on 15 September China’s space authorities indicated that the 8.5-tonn
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19
SEP
2016

Watch Red Mars Buzz the Stars of Sagittarius

Autumn 2016 sees Mars mingle with the stars of Sagittarius. It’s a six-week event that is easy to track night by night with the naked eye or binoculars. You’ll need a clear horizon down towards your south to get the best view, and you’ll need to be out as soon as it
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18
SEP
2016

Last Chance to See Saturn in the Autumn Sky for 2016

September and October 2016 give us a final opportunity to see Saturn in the evening sky this year. As night falls across the UK the ringed planet is found low to the south-west horizon as a bright star-like object to the naked eye, almost forming a short horizontal line across the sky
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