This month sees the evenings grow longer which means less hours of darkness. However, as we are entering the summer, evenings are also getting warmer which makes it more comfortable to go out and enjoy the sky. This month, the highlight will be a total lunar eclipse where the Moon will go a deep redContinue reading “What to See in the Sky in May 2022?”
We are now in the month of April and the spring equinox is behind us. The clocks have gone forward and the Sun now sets at 20.00 at that start of the month. This still gives loads of time to get out and observe but also means we can enjoy longer evenings. The last twoContinue reading “What Can I See in the Sky in April 2022?”
30 years ago we knew for certain of 8 planets in the Solar System. On the 9th January 1992, the first confirmed planet orbiting another star was announced. A planet orbiting another star is called an exoplanet. Their discovery changed the way we think about the universe. Overnight it was proven that our solar systemContinue reading “What is an Exoplanet?”
The month of March is upon us which means it’s officially spring. The spring equinox occurs on 20th March. This is the time when the Sun crosses the celestial equator and the length of the day and night are equal. After this the nights will be shorter than the days. In Ireland, the clocks alsoContinue reading “What Can I See in the Sky in March 2022?”
As we head into the second month of 2022 and the last month of winter, we will start to see the days get noticeably longer. The sun sets at 18:00 by the end of the month, which still leaves plenty of time to get out and look at the sky without staying up late. ClearContinue reading “What Can I See in the Sky in February 2022?”
We have now passed the winter solstice and although we won’t really notice it yet, the days are starting to get longer. Despite this, we are still in the depths of winter and January is one of the coldest months of the year. You would expect that the coldest days of the year would coincideContinue reading “What Can I See in the Sky in January 2022?”
For millennia, the Moon has been a constant sight in the night sky. Even dinosaurs, that last roamed the Earth 66 million years ago would have grazed by the light of the Moon. However there was a time before the Moon and this raises a question. How did the Moon come to be here? TheContinue reading “How did the Moon form?”
The month of December sees the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year. One could argue that for this reason, December is one of the best months in the year for stargazing. Although it gets very cold at night, so wrapping up warm is essential. This year the winter solstice occurs on the 21stContinue reading “What Can I See in the Sky in December 2021?”
What would happen if we woke up some morning to the news that a massive asteroid had just been discovered and is on a collision course with Earth? This terrifying scenario is not very likely to happen anytime soon but the thing is, we can never be sure when it will happen and someday itContinue reading “Double Asteroid Redirection Test – DART”
Now that the clocks have gone back it is dark early and you don’t have to stay up late to go out and observe the sky. Given that it is November, it will be cold and you will need to wrap up warm or your night outside will quickly become very unpleasant. This month willContinue reading “What Can I See in the Sky in November 2021?”
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