The Autumnal Equinox

The Autumnal Equinox

Monday the 23rd of September at 07:50 am UTC marks the point of equinox – that is when there is approximately equal day and equal night, making it the official start of Autumn. As the Earth orbits the sun in a slightly eccentric orbit and inclined at an angle of 23.5...
Total Eclipse of the Moon

Total Eclipse of the Moon

The first total lunar eclipse of the year happens this Sunday and the United States is in prime position for optimal viewing. We see a full moon when the path of the Moon about the Earth lines up with the path of the Earth about the Sun, such that the illuminated face...
The return of the green comet

The return of the green comet

This Sunday 16th December the second of two bright-green comets will be making an appearance in the night sky. A comet is a small icy body composed of frozen rock, dust and gases such as carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, cyanogen, methane, and ammonia. These balls of...
Leonids annual show

Leonids annual show

The Leonid meteor shower will be peaking this weekend. Meteoroids, commonly referred to as shooting stars, are space debris that have survived being accelerated towards the Earths gravitational field and penetrating the Earth’s atmosphere. As they enter the Earth’s...
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