Unmissable events for 2017

  1. The summer constellations are climbing ever higher in the sky – look for the very bright star of Vega overhead at midnight, followed by Cygnus – sometimes known as the Northern Cross. Scan the area with binoculars – it’s rich in the background stars of the Milky Way.  True dark skies return in August.
  2. Watch our for Noctilucent Clouds from the end of May to early August.  These are clouds that glow in the dark and are the highest that can form in the Earth’s atmosphere.  Look north, wait until one hour after sunset or before sunrise and expect to see electric blue wisps. See podcasts for more information.
  3. June and early July is the best time to see Saturn. It’s low down in the south, but a small telescope will resolve the amazing rings.  Check our the podcast page for a download on how to find it.
  4. This year’s big meteor showers are the Perseids (12 August), Orionids (21 October) and the best of the lot the wonderful Geminids (13 December).
  5. 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.
  6. Click the blog thoughts tab above for advice on buying telescopes.dalby-milky-way-rob-ince-2016
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