10
JAN
2016

Close Approach of Comet Catalina US10 near the Plough this January

Comet Catalina US10 makes its closest approach to Earth on Saturday 16 January – Sunday 17 January 2016. The comet is visible near the Plough. To find the Plough look above your north and north-eastern horizon on January evenings for a saucepan-shaped pattern of bright stars. At
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09
JAN
2016

Spot the International Space Station in January 2016

The International Space Station (ISS) is currently making a series of bright passes over the UK. You can see it just ahead of sunrise between 5:45am to 7:30am during clear January mornings until Wednesday 20 January 2016. Look for a bright white light moving steadily across the sky on
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09
JAN
2016

Look for Mars, Saturn and Venus in the January Morning Sky

Clear and frosty January mornings this year are the perfect time to look for Mars, Saturn and Venus ahead of sunrise. Mars is easiest to see. It hangs almost due south in the morning sky about +25 degrees above the horizon between 6am – 7am. Look for a rusty-red coloured star-li
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08
JAN
2016

How to Find Jupiter in the January 2016 Night Sky

Jupiter is easy to find in the night sky in January 2016. From the UK it rises above the eastern horizon late evening and is then visible all night through until dawn. To find Jupiter before midnight look to your east from 10pm onwards. The brightest star-like object that you see over
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01
JAN
2016

Private Telescope Tuition: Learn how to use your new telescope with an astronomer

Got a new telescope for Christmas or your birthday? Want to learn how to use it? You’ve come to the right place! At Dark Sky Telescope Hire we provide private telescope tuition where one of our astronomers will come to you. We’ll show you how to set up your telescope in it
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22
DEC
2015

Get Ready for the Spectacular Quadrantids Meteor Shower in January 2016

The 2016 Quadrantids Meteor Shower is set to offer sky watchers a spectacular show of shooting stars this January. Meteor forecasters are predicting a peak in Quadrantids activity on the evening of 3 January 2016 and into the early hours of 4 January 2016 when up to 120 shooting stars
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22
DEC
2015

Find Comet Catalina C/2013 US10 Near Arcturus on New Years Day 2016

Comet Catalina US10 makes a close approach to the bright star Arcturus on New Years Day 2016. This icy visitor from the outer edges of our solar system is best seen from the UK in the early morning sky between 20 December 2015 and early January 2016. 5am is a good time to view. Comet
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08
SEP
2015

September’s Final Chance to See Saturn in the Evening Sky

September 2015 is the final chance to see Saturn in the evening sky this year. The ringed planet is found low down towards the south-west horizon at dusk. Look for a pale yellow star-like object with the naked eye in this direction. Make sure you don’t confuse it with the bright
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