- Northern Lights. Unpredictable, but the further north you are and the darker your sky the higher chance you have to spy them. Use an app like Aurora Alert to notify you when a show is in the offing. The sun has been very active recently, which is good for chances of seeing an aurora..
- The winter constellations of Auriga, Gemini and Orion contain stunning objects. Scan them with binoculars. Next up are the spring constellations like Leo and Virgo, where scores of distant galaxies lurk.
- April 7 sees Jupiter at its closest to the earth and visible all night. Even binoculars will spy its four largest moons. Saturn has its closest approach on 15 June – it’s low down in the south, but a small telescope will resolve the amazing rings.
- This year’s big meteor showers are the Lyrids (22 April), Perseids (12 August), Orionids (21 October) and the best of the lot the wonderful Geminids (13 December).
- The 2nd Yorkshire Dark Sky Festival takes place 18-26 February 2017. Events listings here https://t.co/RNT14MKXvf Lovely picture below by Rob Ince taken in North York Moors, August 2016.
- Plenty of astro events are listed on the calendar page and for night sky tours check out the podcast page – you are free to download.
- Click the blog thoughts tab above for advice on buying telescopes.
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- Saturn at its best 15/06/2017 its best The ringed planet will be at its closest approach to Earth and brighter than any other time of the year. But it is low in the southern sky so not ideally placed. Even so telescopes over 60mm aperture will show the rings on a steady night.
- Summer Solstice 21/06/2017
- Perseid meteor shower 12/08/2017 The Perseids is one of the best meteor showers of the year so expect to decent number of shooting stars. They can be seen from 17 July to 24 August but peak on this night.. The waning moon will block some fainter meteors. Use your naked eye and be patient.
- Redesdale Arms Stargazing Weekend 15/09/2017 – 16/09/2017 On a clear night the skies are stunning over Redesdale, with the Milky Way overhead, resembling a shimmering river of stars. Jpoin us for this great weekend to look for planets, galaxies, star clusters and nebulae with guidance from our astronomers. For bookings go to http://www.redesdale-arms.co.uk/the-area/stargazing-2017
- Kielder People's Star Camp 13/10/2017 – 14/10/2017 Kielder Campsite, Kielder, Hexham NE48 1EJ, UK A rare chance to join astronomers under the dark skies of Kielder. With talks, tuition and chance to use powerful telescopes this is the perfect way to experience our dark starry skies and even learn how to take pictures of the night sky. For more details contact Kielder Campsite via http://kieldercampsite.co.uk/ or ping an email…
- Kielder Forest Star Camp 18/10/2017 – 23/10/2017 Kielder Campsite, Kielder, Hexham NE48 1EJ, UK Five nights under some of the darkest skies in England. For booking information visit kielderforeststarcamp.org
- Orionid meteor shower 21/10/2017 An excellent meteor shower produced by grains of dust from Comet Halley, The moon will set early in the evening leaving dark skies which is ideal. Best viewed from a dark location after midnight. Use your naked eye and look up.
- Venus meets Jupiter 13/11/2017 The planets Venus and Jupiter will be visible in the eastern pre-dawn sky very close to each other. Venus will be the brighter of the two.
- Redesdale Arms Stargazing Weekend 08/12/2017 – 09/12/2017 A stargazing weekend in the lead up to Christmas. Enjoy Christmas hospitality combined with colourful astronomy talks for novices and telescope observing guided by experts! We’ll also keep our eyes open for shooting stars from the Geminid Meteor shower. You will also learn about telescopes and binoculars, get some tips on taking pictures of the…
- Geminds meteor shower 13/12/2017 The best meteor shower of the year, running between 7 and 17 December. It peaks this year on the night of the 13/14 . Despite a crescent moon the Geminids should put on a good show. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Gemini, but can appear anywhere in the sky. So relax, use your naked…