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Astronomy is one of the oldest natural sciences and deals with the study of celestial objects (such as moons, planets, stars, nebulae, and galaxies); the physics, chemistry, mathematics, and evolution of such objects; and phenomena that originate outside the atmosphere of Earth (such as supernovae explosions, gamma ray bursts, and cosmic background radiation).


Perseid Meteor Shower
03/12/2013Sky at Night
The Perseids meteor shower is the most popular meteor shower as they peak on warm August nights as seen from the northern hemisphere. The Perseids are active from July 13 to August 26, reaching a strong maximum on August 11 - 13, depending on the year. Normal rates seen from rural locations range from 50-75 meteors per hour at maximum.
Alpha Capricornids Meteor Shower
03/12/2013Sky at Night
The Alpha Capricornids are active from July 11 through August with a "plateau-like" maximum centered on July 29. This shower is not very strong and rarely produces in excess of five shower members per hour. What is notable about this shower is the number of bright fireballs produced during its activity period.
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Delta Aquariid Meteor Shower
03/12/2013Sky at Night
Delta Aquariid Meteor Shower is another strong shower best seen from the southern tropics. North of the equator the radiant is located lower in the southern sky and therefore rates are less than seen from further south.
Eta Aquariid Meteor Shower
03/12/2013Sky at Night
The Eta Aquariids are a strong shower when viewed from the southern tropics. From the equator Northward, they usually only produce medium rates of 10-30 per hour just before dawn. Activity is good for a week centered the night of maximum activity.
Quadrantid Meteor Shower
03/12/2013Sky at Night
The Quadrantid Meteor Shower have the potential to be the strongest shower of the year but are usually marred by poor January weather and the short length of maximum activity of 6 hours.
Photos of the Moon
19/11/2013My Observation Logs
Tonight I took out my small telescope and camera an took a few pictures of the moon, and also used a camera lens with the same focal length for comparison.
The Greatest Astronomers
17/11/2013History of Astronomy
Ever since the dawn of humankind we have looked out upon the cosmos in awe of the glory of the heavens above. Here we list some of the greatest astronomers who have shaped our understanding of the known universe.
Comet ISON Viewing Guide
Comet ISON is already visible through binoculars but it is set to get even brighter over the coming weeks as it makes its approach to the Sun. Here are a few pointers to observe the Comet of the Century.
What to See in the Winter Night Sky
14/11/2013Sky at Night
The winter nights sparkle with some of the best celestial objects to observe from the northern hemisphere. By the end of December, the winter constellations are high in the southern sky at around 11pm.
Buying Your First Telescope
09/11/2013How-To Guides
Buying your first telescope can be a daunting task. We show you what you should look for and how to quickly get up and running.