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 of 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 2020?”
In the last article, I wrote about buying a telescope and some of the factors you should consider when getting started in astronomy. Some of those factors included portability, storage and cost. In some situations, a pair of binoculars could be a much better place to start in astronomy. There are many reasons one mightContinue reading “Buying a Telescope and Getting Started in Astronomy – Part 2 Binoculars”
With Christmas getting close, I thought it would be a good time to do a short series on buying a telescope. This will be aimed at beginners and also someone who wants to buy a telescope for someone but may not be familiar with them. I am going to write this in 3 parts andContinue reading “Buying a Telescope and Getting Started in Astronomy – Part 1”
This week is Science Week, 8th -15th November 2020 and like everything else in 2020, it will be very different to other years. Here are 5 activities, events and TV show for Science Week 2020. Science Week on RTÉ RTÉ have some great content on their website as well as some great science based programmesContinue reading “Science Week 2020”
This week marks the 20th anniversary since the International Space Station was first inhabited. Let’s take a look at what it is and what happens there. The International Space Station is an orbiting space station and laboratory. It was built and is operated by an international consortium of space agencies. The five agencies involved areContinue reading “The International Space Station at 20”
Unfortunately, this month is a little short on any major events to see in the sky with the naked eye. Mars, Jupiter and Saturn are still visible and 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. GivenContinue reading “What Can I See in the Sky in November 2020?”
Space is big, really big, way bigger than any of us can really comprehend. On Earth, we use measurements such as metres and kilometres. These will be sufficient for some features on the planets and moon or moons like craters and mountains. Consider the distance from the Sun to Neptune which is about 4,498,396,441 km.Continue reading “Distances in Space”
Most of us are familiar with the story of the dinosaurs. They once ruled the Earth but were made extinct after an asteroid crashed into the Earth around 66 million years ago. The mass extinction that followed wiped out almost all of the dinosaurs and made way for the rise of mammals. Scientists from theContinue reading “The Extinction that Made the Dinosaurs”
Photosynthesis is the process used by plants to turn light energy from the Sun into chemical energy. Plants can then use this chemical energy to produce their own food and to grow. The plants absorb light, carbon dioxide (CO2), nutrients and water and turn these into oxygen and chemical energy. The chemical energy is normallyContinue reading “Photosynthesis”
It’s autumn and the Sun is now setting before 7pm which means more time for observing. This is exaggerated even more at the end of the month, when, on the 25th of October summer time ends and the clocks go back 1 hour. October nights can get very chilly so it’s time to start takingContinue reading “What Can I See in the Sky in October 2020?”
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