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Aphelion sun 05 July 2013

Aphelion is when the Earth is at its most distant point in its elliptical orbit around the sun.  For 2013, that’s today, 5th July 2013.  This image was…

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Sunspot AR1775 19 June 2013

The sun is finally starting to show some activity and it would finally appear the sun’s 11 year pattern is reaching a peak known as solar maximum. Quite…

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International Astronomy Show 2013

After complaining last year that Astrofest 2012 was too expensive because of its London location, I decided to visit this years International Astronomy Show (in association with Sky At Night magazine).  A series…

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Harvest Moon 29 September 2012

The clearest night in ages and we manage to have a full moon. The Harvest Moon, the full moon closest to the autumnal equinox.  In days gone by,…

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Sunspot AR1575. Featured in Feb 2103 Sky at Night magazine.

Today is the vernal equinox, where day and night are of equal length.   At a little before 3 o’clock this afternoon, the Sun crossed the celestial equator heading…

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Astrofest 2012

Combined with our London trip, or more accurately, the whole reason for the London trip was this years 2012 Astrofest, Europe’s largest Astronomy conference get together at Kensington…

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The 24-inch (0.61 m) Alvan Clark Telescope.

A visit to the Lowell Observatory on Mars Hill in Flagstaff, Arizona, USA.  Founded in 1894 by Percival Lowell to study Mars, Lowell Observatory sits atop Mars Hill,…

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Nick Cook at Meteor Crater

50,000 years ago, a huge iron-nickel meteorite weighing several thousand tonnes approx 150 feet (45 metres) across travelling at 26,000 miles per hour slammed into the Arizona plains. Today…

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Photos of the 76 metre Lovell Radio Telescope at Jodrell Bank on the 23rd April 2011. Now part of the e-Merlin network and recent host to BBC Stargazing…

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M51 The Whirlpool Galaxy

This it the magnificent M51 The WhirlPool Galaxy.  Spring is traditionally galaxy season for visual and imaging astronomers.  Thought I’d take advantage of the warmer weather and capture…

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