- The Milky Way is directly overhead as night falls in early December.
- This year’s best meteor shower is the wonderful Geminids (13/14 December).
- 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.
- Andromeda Galaxy (below) rides high overhead in the evening – furthest object you can see with your naked eye and 2.5 million light years away. This picture was taken from Sutton Bank Dark Sky Discovery Site (North York Moors).
- The 3rd Dark Sky Festival takes place 9 to 25 February 2018 with scores of events. This year it’s bigger than ever with the Yorkshire Dales, North York Moors, South Downs and Northumberland national parks all taking part! www.darkskiesnationalparks.org.uk/
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- Beginners' Astronomy Workshop - Yorkshire Dales 27/01/2018 at 19:00 – 22:00 Village Hall - High Cam Road - DL8 3EL Bainbridge - United Kingdom For details, link here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/beginners-astronomy-workshop-yorkshire-dales-tickets-37607615390 This event has a Google Hangouts video call. Join: https://plus.google.com/hangouts/_/richarddarn.com/beginners?hceid=cmljaGFyZGRhcm4uY29tX3MzYXJmNnE2aGVuN2RuZ2E2ZTFlazdnMHZrQGdyb3VwLmNhbGVuZGFyLmdvb2dsZS5jb20.4qja2k2i83mkcmote2eo7520ov&hs=121
- Dark Sky Festival 10/02/2018 – 25/02/2018 This event has a Google Hangouts video call. Join: https://plus.google.com/hangouts/_/richarddarn.com/dark-sky?hceid=cmljaGFyZGRhcm4uY29tX3MzYXJmNnE2aGVuN2RuZ2E2ZTFlazdnMHZrQGdyb3VwLmNhbGVuZGFyLmdvb2dsZS5jb20.1498045265085&hs=121
- Kielder Spring Star Camp 14/03/2018 – 19/03/2018 This event has a Google Hangouts video call. Join: https://plus.google.com/hangouts/_/richarddarn.com/richard?hceid=cmljaGFyZEByaWNoYXJkZGFybi5jb20.627vg1jb8hfrkun4sc7mdptl2i&hs=121
- Saturn at closest 27/06/2018 The ringed planet is at its closest to the earth this year. But it is low down in the south and reaches its highest (and therefore best) visibility at 1am. Even though we'd like the planet to be higher, you will still see its famous rings in a telescope - a magnification of 35x plus…
- Total Lunar Eclipse 27/07/2018 One of the greatest spectacles in the night sky - the earth will come between the moon and the sun to create a total lunar eclipse. Even though the moon is blocked off from the sun's brilliance, light seeps around the Earth's atmosphere causing it to shift to a red colour and this is projected…
- Perseid Meteor Shower 13/08/2018 – 14/08/2018 The Perseids is one of the best meteor showers. It is produced by comet Swift-Tuttle, which was discovered in 1862. The shower runs annually from July 17 to August 24. It peaks this year on the night of August 12 and the morning of August 13. The thin crescent moon will set early in the…
- Kielder Peoples' Starcamp 02/11/2018 – 03/11/2018 Kielder Campsite, Kielder, Hexham NE48 1EJ, UK Another fabulous two night camp out under the stars for beginners with talks, rocket launching, space rocks, workshops and sparkling skies viewed through powerful telescopes. Bookings open in Spring. Put the dates in your diary. This event has a Google Hangouts video call. Join: https://plus.google.com/hangouts/_/richarddarn.com/richard?hceid=cmljaGFyZGRhcm4uY29tX3MzYXJmNnE2aGVuN2RuZ2E2ZTFlazdnMHZrQGdyb3VwLmNhbGVuZGFyLmdvb2dsZS5jb20.0of5nqbhon3fpainsnftgto9i7&hs=121