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Beautiful Constellations to find this Summer

Beautiful Constellations to find this Summer

With June bringing the summer solstice, the nights are gradually beginning to lengthen again. The skies remain bright, but a tapestry of gorgeous constellations shines through, offering stories and starlight from the distant past. Here are some of the best and most beautiful constellations to look out for this summer.

A Summer of Stargazing

A Summer of Stargazing

The warm, inviting nights of summer may not be the darkest, but they’re no less full of wonderful sights to see in the night sky. Here’s your guide to some of the astronomical highlights of the coming season.

What is a Supermoon?

What is a Supermoon?

The month of June is bringing with it a Supermoon. This is a celestial event that occurs when the Full Moon is at perigee, meaning that it is at a point of its orbit that brings it closer to the Earth. This makes it appear brighter and larger than average.

What are lunar eclipses and why do they occur?

What are lunar eclipses and why do they occur?

In the night between May 15 and May 16, a total lunar eclipse will be visible from a wide area of the world. This event will be visible from Europe, North and South America, Africa and parts of Asia. In the UK, we will be able to see the whole of the total phase, from the first contact with the Earth’s penumbra to the full eclipse, between 2:32am and 4:29am. When the Moon leaves the umbra, it will be below the horizon.

Book Review – Night Sky Almanac: A Stargazers Guide to 2022

Book Review – Night Sky Almanac: A Stargazers Guide to 2022

The Night Sky Almanac: A Stargazers Guide to 2022 is not only a beautiful book, but its unusual because it covers what you can see from anywhere in the world. This sets it aside from most other sky guides. 

Book Review – Northern Lights: The Definitive Guide to Auroras

Book Review – Northern Lights: The Definitive Guide to Auroras

Seeing the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) is high on many people’s bucket list, both astronomers and non-astronomers alike. Northern Lights: The Definitive Guide to Auroras by Tom Kerss is a comprehensive book that loots at all aspects of the aurora.

 

Book Review: Astronomy Photographer of the Year

Book Review: Astronomy Photographer of the Year

One of the highlights of the year for astrophotographers is seeing the shortlisted entries for the Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition being published online.  However, there is still something very special about seeing a physical, printed photo rather than just viewing a digital copy on a laptop, tablet or smartphone screen and the Astronomy Photographer of the Year book that is published alongside the competition allows us to do that.

Book Review – 2022 Guide to the Night Sky

Book Review – 2022 Guide to the Night Sky

If you are looking for an easy to follow month by month guide to the night sky from Britain and Ireland, then look no further because the Collins 2022 Guide to the Night Sky has everything you need.

Astronomy’s big, bold and bright future

Astronomy’s big, bold and bright future

This year, the 15th of May is a very special day. That’s right… it’s my birthday! Okay, it’s actually special for everyone else too, and for a very good reason: it’s International Astronomy Day. It’s a global celebration of the world’s oldest natural science, which has the power to inspire us – tiny creatures on a tiny planet – to think big about the endless expanse that starts just above our precious atmosphere.