- 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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- 2nd Yorkshire Dark Sky Festival 18/02/2017 – 26/02/2017 A great half-term week of astro events in Yorkshire's national parks. Llistings at http://www.darkskiesnationalparks.org.uk/yorkshire-dales-events
- Spring Equinox 20/03/2017 First day of spring when day and night are equal length.
- Kielder Forest Star Camp 22/03/2017 – 26/03/2017 Five nights under the dark skies of Northumberland at Kielder Campsite. For more information visit http://kielderforeststarcamp.org
- Jupiter at its best 07/04/2017 The giant planet is at its closest approach to Earth and ripe for observation. Even a small telescope will show the four main moons and bands in the Jovian atmosphere.
- Redesdale Arms Stargazing Weekend 21/04/2017 – 22/04/2017 A fabulous weekend package of star gazing and fine dining. Our weekend coincides with the peak of the Lyrid meteor showe and we’ll enjoy close up views of the King of planets – Jupiter. It’s also our last opportunity before the summer break to enjoy our starry skies. There'll also be plenty of scope to…
- Lyrids meteor shower 22/04/2017 The Lyrids is a decent shower, usually producing about 20 shooting stars per hour at its peak. It is produced by dust particles left behind by comet C/1861 G1 Thatcher,. The shower runs from April 16-25, but peaks on the night of the 22/23 April. Use your naked eye and see how many you can…
- 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