Ursid Meteors

The Ursids meteor activity begins annually around 17th December and runs for for just over a week, until the 25th or 26th, with a peak on 22nd December. This meteor…

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The Geminid Meteor Shower

The GeminidsThe Geminid meteor shower officially begins on December 7th, but it doesn't peak until the morning of the 13/14th. Unlike the Leonids, the Geminid's broad maximum lasts nearly a…

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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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