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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The Star of Bethlehem

It seems that every year, the age-old question of the possible origin of the Star of Bethlehem is asked to stargazers. Was the so-called Christmas Star an unusual, eye-catching gathering…

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