By: Bridget Webber
Falling, or shooting stars are not actually stars despite their name, yet their brilliance and supposed rarity causes people to experience them as being magical. Visible to the naked eye, shooting stars are made up of particles of dust and rocks known as meteoroids. The...
By: Mo Bruce
So you’ve just bought yourself a telescope, set it up in your garden and took that first look through the lens. Do you have any idea what you are looking at though? Probably not, so what you need to do is to invest in...
The Solar System: A general overview
By: Matt Kelly
Our Solar system contains one medium sized, G-type yellow star, 8 planets, 2 asteroid belts, 1 comet cloud, 5 recently discovered dwarf planets and over 150 moons detected to date. Today we have the most complete picture of our Solar neighbourhood that we've ever had...
By: Bridget Webber
The perfect gift to buy an astronomy fanatic depends on his or her experience and your budget. Gifts for astronomers range from a few dollars to thousands of dollars. Finding the best present for the astronomer in your life should not be difficult though, if...
Finding the perfect gift for an astronomy fanatic
By: Mo Bruce
There is no one more difficult to buy a gift for than the fanatic, especially the astronomy fanatic. You could always buy them another telescope, but it’s almost guaranteed that the perfect telescope for them will be their dream telescope, at a dream only...
By: Tina Brewster
Have you ever heard the expression “every once in a blue moon”? This expression usually refers to a rare event. The moon really appearing to be blue or the theoretical “blue moon” of modern times rarely occurs, thus the creation of the expression...
Viewing techniques for urban stargazing
By: Mo Bruce
Urban stargazing has always been a bit of a compromise, due to the city light pollution wiping out the stars in the night sky. This doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy observing astronomical objects from within the boundaries of a city environment. There...
By: Janette Waldron
Introducing your child to the world of astronomy will open their eyes to a whole new experience. By observing space from a telescope, they will learn the ABCs of observation and have a far better understanding of the world above. Your child will also be...
By: Mo Bruce
Stargazing in the urban environment is not always the easiest thing to do. Light pollution can wipe out all but the brightest objects in the heavens, while manoeuvring your telescope to the ideal viewing area outside the city, can prove a bit off putting to...
The history and future of the universe
By: Ray Burke
The past and future universe October 2010 – the TV science programme ‘Horizon’, examined the theories of what came before the Big Bang by several prominent physicists. The notion that anything could come before the Big Bang has been dismissed by many who cannot...

 

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