Solar Features by John McConnell FRAS

In 1610, shortly after viewing the sun with his ‘new telescope’, Galileo Galilei made the first European observations of sunspots. Daily observations were started at the Zurich Observatory in 1749…

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The Seasons

Our planet takes just over 365 days to orbit the Sun – the basis of our calendar year.The Earth's axis is tilted at an angle of 23.5 degrees.This means that…

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The Perseids

The annual Perseid meteor shower is coming. The shower begins, gently, in mid-July when Earth enters the outskirts of a cloud of debris from Comet Swift-Tuttle.Dust-sized meteoroids, hitting the atmosphere,…

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Leonid Meteor Shower

This article was written with predictions for 2006, but apart from times and rates, this is still relevant every year. Dr. David Asher from the Armagh Observatory along with Dr. Rob…

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About Venus

Venus is the second brightest object in the night sky (second only to the Moon) and our nearest planetary neighbour, being the 2nd planet from the Sun. Venus is almost…

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Noctilucent Cloud Season

Now that we have entered the beginning of June, members should be on the lookout for Noctilucent Clouds. Nocti and lucent are derived from the Latin where they loosely translate…

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