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Totally Extreme Stargazing

July 18, 2015 |

As far as stargazing goes it doesn’t get more extreme than looking at our own Sun. In this article i will go through the steps needed to safely look at the Sun through a telescope. I will also try and … Continue reading

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How to collimate a telescope

July 16, 2015 |

By collimating your reflector you are fine tuning your viewing experience. The process of collimation involves lining up all the mirrors of your telescope so that the reflected light is directed directly up the focus tube to your eye

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How to Make a Solar Filter

July 15, 2015 | | One Comment

The summer time is not a great time for stargazing, the nights are very short and the it does not get dark until very late.

However I decided to use this as an opportunity to do some solar gazing.

It is a … Continue reading

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The pale blue dot – I love this quote from Carl Sagan – something that would do us all good to keep in mind

July 16, 2014 |

“Look again at that dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our … Continue reading Read More

Scotland Dominates Locations List For UK Spaceport

July 16, 2014 | | One Comment

Space tourism is on the mind of the British government, as it has announced plans to build at least eight spaceports on its soil. Scotland is so far the centerpoint of Britain’s space ambitions, and may home up to six … Continue reading

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A Change of Tact!

July 5, 2014 |

I have been away from this blog and astronomy in truth for a while, For the last 9 months I have been embroiled in the most frustrating undertaking someone can embark on, Buying a House!. Unfortunately this has taken up … Continue reading

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When fantasy becomes reality: first seeds to be planted soon on Mars

May 20, 2014 |

The first seeds germination experiment is about to be launched on Mars (Mars Plant Experiment, MPX). Greenhouse, small transparent cube, will be attached to the outer surface of the new Mars rover, that will be launched in mid-2020 and will … Continue reading

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Construction to Begin on 2016 NASA Mars Lander

May 20, 2014 |

NASA and its international partners now have the go-ahead to begin construction on a new Mars lander, after it completed a successful Mission Critical Design Review on Friday.

NASA’s Interior Exploration Using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight) mission … Continue reading

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Our Sun’s Long Lost Stellar ‘Sister’ Found

May 10, 2014 |

Stars like the sun may end up alone but they are born in stellar nurseries, with a thousand — or a hundred thousand — siblings. Over time, the family disbands, victims of gravitational nudges and other tidings after 4.5 billion … Continue reading

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First Earth-sized planet found in ‘habitable zone’: Kepler-186f

April 18, 2014 |

The hunt for potential life in outer space has taken a step forward — an international team of researchers has discovered the first Earth-sized planet within the “habitable zone” of another star.

The exoplanet dubbed Kepler-186f was first spotted by … Continue reading

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