11 October 2013
This morning was the first time in a long time that I had a chance to take the telescope out and get some real good stargazing done.
Although I had work this morning, I got an early … Continue reading
A giant asteroid will make a flyby of Earth over the next few days. The asteroid 4179 Toutatis is about 3 miles wide and will come within 4.3 million miles of Earth during its closest approach around 9 o’clock tonight (GMT).
The winter mornings are a great time to spot Venus and Saturn, but it is also a great time to see Earthshine.
Earthshine is a soft, faint glow on the dark side of the moon caused by the reflection of sunlight from the Earth.
Specifically, Earthshine happens when the light from the sun is reflected from the Earth’s surface, to the moon, and then back to our eyes. Because of this double reflection of light, Earthshine is many, many times dimmer than the direct light of the sun on the moon.
The winter mornings produce some fantastic skies and is an ideal time to see 3 of the planets of the solar system with the naked eye.
In a southeast direction between 7 and 8 is an ideal time to get a great view of Mercury, Venus and Saturn in the sky.
Keep an eye towards Taurus this weekend and you might just see a few spectacular meteors. The Taurid meteor shower is taken place rightÂ now and will continue through the weekend, with the peak expected to be after midnight on the 11th and 12th. However forecasts for this evening in the North West of Ireland is calling for relatively clear skies compared to tomorrow and Monday so it might be best to go looking tonight after midnight.
They say when you buy a telescope that the first few nights you have it will be guaranteed to be cloudy. Well I am still without a telescope but someone somewhere must have got one because there has being nothing but cloudy nights for the last week.
Tonight I managed to catch a break in the clouds and got a great view of Pegasus. So this post will focus on the stars that make up this constellation. I did touch on some of these briefly in another post which you can read about here.
After a few nights of bad weather, finally we have a another clear sky. Only problem is that this clear sky is at 6 in the morning.
The fact that I got up this morning to take advantage of this view confirms that I have caughtÂ the astronomy bug.