- The spring constellations like Ursa Major are joined by the stars of summer after midnight like Lyra and Cygnus. Scan them with binoculars. Don’t forget that we loose truly dark skies from May until the end of July.
- 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.
- 15 June sees Saturn at its closest to the Earth. It’s low down in the south, but a small telescope will resolve the amazing rings.
- 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).
- 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…