22
JAN
2014

Bright Supernova Discovered in M82 Galaxy in Ursa Major

On 21 January 2014 a bright supernova was discovered in the M82 galaxy in the constellation of Ursa Major.  The supernova is thought to be a Type 1a, and is said to be already shining at magnitude +11.7. Astronomers studying the supernova expect it to brighten rapidly during the next
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21
JAN
2014

Exmoor Dark Skies Talk at the Lynmouth Pavilion Thurs 23 Jan 2014

Lynmouth Pavilion in Exmoor have kindly invited myself and Ian Mabbutt from West Withy Farm to present a talk on Exmoor’s dark skies this Thursday 23rd January at 7pm. We’ll be in the Pavilion theatre for the presentation, and then hopefully outside with telescopes at the
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14
JAN
2014

ISS makes Morning Appearance over UK Skies in January

ISS – Image Credit NASA The International Space Station (ISS) can be spied in the pre-dawn sky over the UK on January mornings. Watch out for this silent sentinel sailing overhead from east to west as a bright constant light moving at 17,500 mph. The ISS orbits the Earth every 9
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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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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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