By: Mo Bruce
A shooting star can be anything that enters the earth’s atmosphere, from comets, to meteors, to old satellites, amongst a host of other things. Any bit of old metal debris, or cosmic detritus that happens to fall out of its orbit, and collides with...
How to observe the changing position of the Sun to determine the cardinal points
By: Janette Waldron
Scientific evidence suggests that early man carefully observed the rising and setting of the sun. They were said to recognize that the sun does not rise and set just anywhere. Those who note the changing position of the sun can observe the patterns which help...
By: Mo Bruce
For a long time, the concept that the Earth was the centre of the Universe held sway. It was believed that everything else, including the Sun revolved around it. Simple observation of the stars do seem to show that the Earth is stationary. Any movement...
Commercial space travel to be offered soon
By: Johnny Knight
Who would have thought that instead of buying a ticket to another country you can now buy a ticket to space! Virgin Galactic took on step closer to space travel with the opening of the world’s first spaceport in the US state of New...
Factors that impact the visibility of a comet
By: Janette Waldron
Comets have intrigued, fascinated and had man a little wary for more years than one could ever imagine. Most people find the presence of a comet lighting up the nigh sky quite magical and mesmerizing. While comets are no rarity to our solar system they...
By: Mo Bruce
Watching the Moon pass through the Earth’s shadow is quite an awe inspiring event to witness. The Sun, Earth, and Moon all lying in a straight line cause this eclipse. Although the Moon orbits the Earth every 27.3 days, you won’t see...
Finding the perfect gift for an astronomy fanatic
By: Janette Waldron
Finding the perfect gift for an astronomy fanatic is not an elusive dream although it may seem that way at times. One simply needs to assess the intended recipient's stargazing expertise, the buyer's budget, what type of stargazing the astronomer is interested in and where...
How to observe the changing position of the Sun to determine the cardinal points
By: Carole Somerville
Not everyone has a very good sense of direction. When travelling, especially in new places, it can be easy to become disorientated. Which way is North? There are some simple ways to improve your sense of direction, using the Sun’s journey throughout the day...
By: Mo Bruce
The movement of the Sun has been observed since time immemorial. It rises in one direction, is at its highest in the middle of the day, and sets in the opposite direct, and does this every day without fail. This constancy has allowed it to...
By: Mo Bruce
The urban stargazer can have many difficulties pursuing their hobby of astronomy. What with light pollution in the city being the problem it is nowadays, and localised pollution getting in the way. The urban stargazer also needs to find a safe and secure place to...

 

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