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What is a Star?

Look up on a clear night and you will see thousands of twinkling lights shining down on you. Each one of these is a star, many millions of kilometers away. Although we don’t see it very often from Ireland, the Sun is our closest star. The Sun is a star not dissimilar to others inContinue reading “What is a Star?”

What are the Equinoxes?

The Earth orbits the Sun. However, the angle it is orbiting at is tilted. Think of it like a spinning top that is leaning over slightly. The tilt is actually 23.5 degrees and this is what gives the Earth its seasons. The tilt always stays at 23.5 degrees relative to the plane of the solarContinue reading “What are the Equinoxes?”

Perseid Meteor Shower 2021

This week sees the peak of the Perseid meteor shower. A meteor is also know as a shooting star and look like a star shooting quickly across the sky. They are caused when particles of matter from space strike the Earth’s atmosphere. The Earth moves through space very fast (approximately 110,000 kph). As the EarthContinue reading “Perseid Meteor Shower 2021”

The Moon

The Moon is our closest neighbour and only natural satellite. It is probably one of the most obvious astronomical objects when it is in the sky. The Moon has been very important in human culture through the years but is also vital to life on Earth. It remains the only body outside of Earth, whichContinue reading “The Moon”

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