Comet ISON was discovered on 21st September by the International Scientific Optical Network and early studies suggest it could become a spectacular object in our skies toward the end of 2013. The discovery of Comet ISON who’s official designation is C/2012 S1 (ISON) was made by a team of astronomers led by Vitali Nevski from […]
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I was walking past a typical high street department store yesterday when my attention was grabbed by a telescope in the window. It was only about 10cm in diameter (about 4″), was on the market for a whopping £199.99 and boasted a magnification of 750x. With winter approaching for those of us in the northern […]
I am pleased to announce that my book ‘A Down to Earth Guide to the Cosmos’ will be available on 17th January 2013 and will be published by Transworld. The book is a unique fusion of stargazing and astrophysics and is written so anyone can understand it. Can’t wait for you all to see it.
It last happened in our skies in 2004 and happens again on 5/6 June 2012 (depending on your location) but miss it and you will have to wait until 2117 for the next chance to see the elusive ‘transit of Venus’. This chance event was first seen in December 1639 by English astronomer Jeremiah Horrocks […]
This weekend gives sky watchers a chance to catch a glimpse of pieces of Halley’s Comet as the Eta Aquarid meteor shower peaks. Unfortunately the largest full Moon of 2012 will be in attendance brightening the sky leaving many of the meteors hidden from view.