Penumbral eclipse, full moon, no clouds!?

by yaska77 It’s been a very slow couple of months of late. The British weather is infamous the world over, and not only have we just experienced the first real warmth of spring, but an abundance of evening clouds have kept many a garden astro indoors. The signs were good this evening however, there was…

Hubble eyes up comet ISON

by yaska77 Billed as possibly the “comet of the century”, C/2012 S1 ISON has recently found itself in the sights of the Hubble Space Telescope. Still too far away to be seen by the naked eye, what has been exciting astronomers about ISON is its potential to become briefly brighter than a full Moon as…

April showers of the Lyrid kind

by yaska77 Beginning now until the 25th of this month we see the April Lyrid meteor shower (peaking on April 22nd before dawn). The meteors in this shower tend to be bright and leave persistent trails as they enter the Earth’s atmosphere. In recent years the shower has seen anything from 10 to 20 meteors…

Astronomy Events – April 2013

by yaska77 Unfortunately for us, since we told you about the visit of comet PANSTARRS our own skies have seen nothing but clouds! It’s been great seeing all the photos on Twitter, but we’re gutted we’ve not had chance to image it ourselves. Still, to be a stargazer you have to keep your chin up,…

Astronomy Events – March 2013

by yaska77 Well here we are at March already!  Spring is approaching, the days are getting longer and we’re hoping the weather also improves! This month we have the potential of a comet being visible to the naked eye, so read through below for details. There should be something for everyone to enjoy so keep…

3D printers could construct Moonbase

by yaska77 London based architects Foster and Partners have revealed designs for a building on the Moon that could be constructed from the material already on its surface. Working with the European Space Agency, the plan involves launching a capsule which includes an inflatable structure to deploy near the Moon’s southern pole. This structure will…

Astronomy Events – February 2013

by yaska77 A new month is upon us which means as usual we’ve highlighted below some great astronomical events throughout February to keep your eyes on the skies! There should be something below for everyone to enjoy 🙂 Sunday 3rd February – Today is a last quarter Moon Thursday 7th February – The Moon is…

Stargazing LIVE returns to BBC on 8th January

by yaska77 Viewers in the UK have a televisual astronomical treat coming up for three evenings this week as Stargazing LIVE returns to BBC 2 (and BBC HD) tomorrow evening. Beginning at 8pm and broadcasting live from the famous Jodrell Bank Observatory, the show is aimed at encouraging everyone – whether complete beginner or enthusiastic…

Astronomy Events – January 2013

by yaska77 We’d like to take this opportunity to wish all our visitors a very happy and prosperous New Year! 2013 has much potential for stargazing and we’ve vowed to bring you more photos and articles than ever before. As usual we’ve highlighted below some great heavenly happenings throughout January to keep your eyes skyward…

Astronomy Events – December 2012

by yaska77 We’re now into advent calendar territory as we venture into December! Another year nearly done but don’t look too far ahead just yet. Listed below are some upcoming astronomical events with something to interest everyone, so we hope you can get out there and get stargazing. If anyone is taking pictures please tweet…

Astronomy Events – November 2012

by yaska77 Dark early evening skies are back with us now British Summer Time has ended, and winter is fast approaching.  We’ve had little to no opportunity for much observing or photography in recent months, something we’re hoping desperately to rectify as soon as possible! Listed below are some upcoming astronomical events with something to…

It’s comet straight for us!

Well, not exactly, but I couldn’t pass up the use of a (bad) pun. In December 2013, if predictions hold true, we should get a spectacular view of comet C/2012 S1 (ISON) . ISON was discovered by Russian astromomers Vitali Nevski and Artyom Novichonok on 21 September 2012 using the 0.4-metre reflector of the International…

Astronomy Events – October 2012

by yaska77 As it is getting darker earlier and the nights once again have that familiar chilly bite, it can only mean we’ve reached our Astronomy Guide for October already! We were lucky to observe a very active Perseid meteor shower in August, so with two showers reaching peak in October we’d like to get…

Curiosity goes where water once flowed

by yaska77 NASA’s Curiosity rover has returned images showing evidence of an ancient, flowing stream on Mars after a close examination of two outcrops called “Hottah” and “Link”. The rock outcrop shown below (named “Hottah” after Hottah Lake in Canada’s Northwest Territories) may look like broken up pavement, but it is actually exposed bedrock made…

Hubble’s eXtreme view of the Universe

by yaska77 When it comes to looking into and imaging the past, the Hubble Space Telescope continues to produce shots of breathtaking wonder. Called the eXtreme Deep Field, or XDF, the image below was assembled by combining 10 years of NASA Hubble Space Telescope photographs taken of a patch of sky at the center of…

Explosion on Jupiter captured by amateur astronomer

by tte-77 On Monday 10 September in Wisconsin, USA amateur astronomer Dan Petersen saw something incredible while viewing Jupiter from his backyard – a bright white flash on the planet’s surface. The unexpected explosion lasted for about two seconds and appeared to be about 100-miles wide, Petersen wrote on community blog CloudyNights.com. “My best guess…

Astronomy Events – September 2012

by yaska77 The evenings are drawing in again and already it’s time for another of our monthly guides! Where is the year going? We were very lucky with the Perseid meteor shower last month (despite a lot of August seeing shrouded night skies) but staying ever optimistic we’ve listed below something of interest for everyone…

Perseid Meteor Shower – 12th August 2012

by yaksa77 After the dress rehearsal for this morning’s Perseid meteor shower peak provided so many sightings on Friday I had hight hopes. Never one to conform to expectations though, the run up to the peak was decidely slow starting and a bit lacklustre! Undeterred by this, or the stubborn refusal of evening cloud to…

Warming up to the Perseid show

by yaska77 As you probably know, the annual Perseid meteor shower peaks this evening (check our monthly guide for some more info) but because it was clear last night I set up my camera in the garden, more out of hope than expectation. My history of trying to photograph meteors has been sketchy at best…

Latest Curiosity images from Mars

by yaska77 We promised you images and here are the latest batch from NASA JPL, sent from Curiosity over the last couple of days. We start first though with a fantastic image captured by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and it’s HiRISE camera! In the expanded view you can see the band details on the “supersonic”…

NASA lands car-sized Curiosity rover on Mars – first images released

by yaska77 NASA has successfully landed the most advanced Mars rover ever built on the surface of the Red Planet. The one-tonne, car-sized Curiosity, hanging by cables from a “sky crane” (rocket  backpack essentially) touched down earlier this morning ending a 36-week flight, and was greeted by cheers and hi-fives in the NASA control room…

Curiosity to land on Mars – Watch live with NASA TV

by yaska77 Early on Monday morning (late Sunday evening from the US) NASA’s latest Mars rover will touchdown on the Red Planet, signalling a new era in planetary exploration. The rover in question, Curiosity, is reportedly in fine health as it approaches its destination, with all systems operating as expected and on a consistent and…

Astronomy Events – August 2012

by yaska77 Prepare to crane your necks as the Perseid display peaks mid-month. Considered one of the most reliable meteor showers, Perseid spotting is a great way to spend the Summer evenings (British Summer still more or less absent) and with sightings already being reported it’s a good chance to get kids interested by going…

Opportunity Rover provides HD Martian panorama

by yaska77 NASA recently released a panoramic image of the Martian landscape, taken by its Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity while it was stationary for four months of work during its most recent Martian winter. Compiled of 817 individual images at full resolution it is a sight to behold! The detail is astounding and about as…

Astronomy Events – July 2012

by yaska77 The year marches ever onward and already July is upon us! Where is the year going!?  Noted below we’ve listed some interesting upcoming Astronomy Events for July, with a little something for everyone so keep watching the skies! Sunday 1st July – Tonight the Moon is at Perigee at a distance of 362,360…

Astronomy Events – June 2012

by yaska77 The rains of early May soon departed but sunnier days ended with hazy skies. So we’ve not seen much at all recently to be honest! Ever the optimists though, below you’ll find some interesting upcoming Astronomy Events for June where we’ve tried to list something of interest to everyone to keep you all…

Astronomy Events – May 2012

by yaska77 Despite a relatively good start to April, the proverbial showers soon set in and the second half of the month has been a washout under one rainstorm after another! It can’t rain all the time though (can it!?), and with May now upon us there’s a whole new list of astronomical events coming…

ISS pass near Venus – 17th April 2012

by yaska77 There’s a great account you can follow on Twitter if you’d like to be sent alerts whenever the ISS will be passing your location. Twisst ISS alerts send out thousands of messages every day, and right on shedule this evening the ISS began a pass over my house. Taken using a 50mm lens…

Venus in the Pleiades – 4th April 2012

by yaska77 As per usual our skies were cloudy last night. I’m beginning to believe the clouds wait to roll in just before particular astral events, usually the ones I most want to see! Last night (as noted in our Astro Guide for April) the planet Venus appeared as if part of the Pleiades star…

Astronomy Events – April 2012

by yaska77 March was a good month for sky watching! The conjunction of Venus and Jupiter, followed closely by the appearance of the crescent Moon sparked a lot of interest. So what is happening in April to keep that enthusiasm going? To help out we’ve listed some astronomical happenings of note for the next month,…

Venus, Moon and Jupiter conjunction photos

by yaska77 Following on from our last post which featured a couple of conjunction images from the middle of March, we’ve been out snapping again to capture the conjunction with the new crescent Moon! The photograph above was taken on Saturday 24th March. Venus shines at the top of the image above Jupiter with three…

Jupiter and Venus conjunction images

by yaska77 There has been a fair amount of coverage in the media recently about the conjunction between Jupiter and Venus. Typically when they appeared closest (on 13th March) the clouds settled in firmly overhead and refused to move. Thankfully yesterday and this evening it has been relatively clear by comparison! A little bit of…

I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas any more…

by yaska77 NASA has today released a remarkable image taken from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter using the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera. HiRISE captured the image on 16th February this year (as the orbiter passed over the Amazonis Planitia region of northern Mars) and it clearly shows a whirlwind creating a twisting column…

Astrophotographers capturing the heavens

by yaska77 Space pics are cool, no argument from us there. Since we started this blog we’ve brought you enough images to fill a photo album (and have slipped in quite a few of our own along the way). A lot of people think you need in depth knowledge or mega expensive gear to take…

Astronomy Events – March 2012

by yaska77 February saw some nice astronomical activity, but what can we look forward to in March? Evenings are slowly getting warmer while remaining nicely dark, so here are some upcoming astronomy events for the next month to keep you looking skyward! Thursday 1st March – First Quarter Moon Saturday 3rd March – Mars is…

NASA’s Eyes on the Solar System

by yaska77 We all know space is big, but just how far from home have we ventured through spaceships and probes? It can be a little difficult to comprehend, but NASA can help you there with the fantistic “Eyes on the Solar System” interactive guide. Zoom out from Earth to see the Moon, and the…

Night Motion Timelapse: Fall Collection

by yaska77 There are some things we’ll always take the time to watch, and as timelapse is a passion of ours for your enthrallment below is a recent creation from photographer Eric Hines. We’ve featured some of Eric’s work before; his breathtaking images of the Milky Way at Devil’s Tower and a fantastic timelapse he…

My own night spent stargazing live

by yaska77 When it comes to astrophotography, occasionally I get a break and things go well. I should probably state from the offset that getting perfect scope alignment is nigh on impossible due to my house being in the way of Polaris! That doesn’t mean I haven’t got close but it does mean I still…

Holy GRAIL – Far side of the moon

by tte-77 On 1 February NASA released the first video from GRAIL, its newest moon mission. As part of the mission twin spacecraft Ebb and Flow are orbiting the moon, and Ebb has captured a video of the moon’s far side. Awesome! The Gravity Recover and Interior Laboratory or GRAIL for short consists of two…

Amazing setting moon

by matt_elk It’s been a while since I posted anything, and it’s early in the morning, so something nice and easy for everyone. Moonset from the ISS. “On January 9, 2012, astronauts on the International Space Station took this amazing footage of the moon setting behind the Earth’s limb. Air near the horizon is thicker,…

Astronomy Events – February 2012

by yaska77 January was packed with astronomy interest, partly due to a little program called Stargazing LIVE! But what to fuel the fires of interest ongoing? Maybe we can help you there. Here are some upcoming astronomy events during February to help keep us all watching the skies! Wednesday 1st February – We love the…

BBC’s Stargazing LIVE inspires the UK

by yaska77 Short of avoiding TV, radio, newspapers and magazines you can’t have failed to notice the success of the recent TV run of Stargazing LIVE. The explosion of interest it caused saw UK telescope sales jump up over 500% in the week the three shows aired, and with organised Stargazing events all around the…

Asteroid to fly-by Earth today

by yaska77 An asteroid will pass by the Earth today in one of the closest approaches recorded since tracking of NEO’s (Near Earth Objects) began. The asteroid (dubbed 2012 BX34) will come to within about 60,000km of Earth – less than a fifth of the distance to the Moon – making its closest approach at…

BBC’s Stargazing LIVE returns 16th-18th January

by yaska77 After three incredibly successful shows last year the BBC’s Stargazing LIVE returns for a second three-night run on BBC Two (and HD) next week. Aimed at encouraging everyone – whether complete beginner or enthusiastic amateur – to get out and enjoy the wonders of the night sky, Professor Brian Cox (Wonders of the…

Astronomy Events – January 2012

by yaska77 And so another year is upon us and the stars march ever onwards! We had a pretty good year in 2011, highlighting some great heavenly happenings and capturing some images we’ve been proud of. Eager to start off on the right foot in 2012, here are some upcoming astronomy events for January to…

Sky-Watching Images of the Year 2011

by yaska77 You might not have noticed but we love posting astro related imagery here at Sky-Watching. With that in mind we decided to put together our favourite images from throughout the year, as voted for by us 🙂 Sky-Watching Image of the Year 2011 At the risk of sounding like blowing our own trumpet,…

ESO Top 100 Images – 5-1

by tte-77 So here we are with the final five images from the ESO Top 100 Images series. The 340-million pixel starscape from Paranal at number 4 is without doubt one of our favourite from the series (view as 1280px × 734px image here). We hope you have enjoyed viewing these 100 images over the…

ESO Top 100 Images – 10-6

by tte-77 Only ten images to go now in this amazing image series and  there are some crackers in the final two installments. Here are numbers 10 to 6 for your viewing pleasure. To view the previous images from the countdown visit the links below. 15-11 | 20-16 | 25-21 | 30-26 | 35-31 |…

ESO Top 100 Images – 15-11

by tte-77 Images from 15 to 11 now in the ESO Top 100 Images series. The 360-degree Panorama of the Southern Sky is amazing – just look how alive The Milky Way is as it arches across the night sky. To view the previous images from the countdown visit the links below. 20-16 | 25-21…