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Astronomy News

We dont just sell Telescopes, we use them! This regularly updated section explains what can be seen from the UK with a variety of instruments as well as showcasing new ideas in astronomy

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Full Moon Dates 2018 UK

Full Moon Dates 2018 UK

The full Moon is interesting to view as the Sun shines directly on the Lunar surface and we see Tycho rays stretching hundreds of miles.

For astronomers interested in deep sky observing the full Moon tends to wash out views of fainter objects, below are the dates for the full Moon which should help you plan your observing over the coming year.

31 January
11 February
02 March
31 March
30 April
29 May
28 June
27 July - Lunar Eclipse
26 August
25 September
24 October
23 November
22 December

International Space Station Sighting Information

International Space Station Sighting Information

The International space station has been a bright naked eye object from the UK regularly, moving quite slowly from west to east outshining all the stars visible. Timings vary of sightings but pre dawn and after dark passes are very common.

We managed to see the solar panels a few years ago through an 80mm refractor at just 50x magnification and the shuttle Atlantis could be seen in close proximity for a couple of days after.

There are many satellites visible to the naked eye, even the shuttle itself can be spotted but most move too fast to catch in a telescope. Many modern goto telescopes use a system that allows you to see them pass through by means of a countdown timer. To check sighting information in your location please visit the NASA website Click here

Jupiter 2018 Opposition

Jupiter 2018 Opposition

Jupiter will be visible in the South once again revealing it's cloud belts and moons through telescopes from 60mm or larger. Even modest binoculars will show the moons strung out in a line close to the giant planet.

Jupiter is a favourite for new astronomers and old with the ever changing cloud structure and the clearly visible moons circling the giant planet.

Jupiter will reach opposition in May 2018 and remain visible through to Summer.

Saturn 2018 Opposition

Saturn 2018 Opposition

The ringed planet will be visible throughout the summer of 2018, reaching opposition on June 27th.

The rings are spectacular and are easily visible even through instruments as small as 60mm.

Saturn is a naked eye object but magnifications of 50x and above are required to see the rings well, five of Saturns moons are visible in modest telescopes.

Mars 2018 Opposition

Mars 2018 Opposition

The red planet will be visible during the summer of 2018, reaching opposition on July 27th.

The red planet is only well placed for a few weeks each side of opposition but 2018 is a good year for Mars being very bright and closer than usual.

Mars is an eay naked eye object but magnifications of 100x and above are required to see details such as the polar caps.
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