I’m very happy to announce the launch of the 2021 Star Stories astronomy programme up at Abriachan Forest on October 30th.
If it’s clear I look forward to guiding you under Abriachan’s Milky Way class dark skies. Otherwise I’ll present an indoor talk on the naked eye planets, covering their observational history right up to the advent of modern astronomy.
Meanwhile the Abriachan team will host an outdoor walk and talk about Bats. A creature of darkness so very appropriate for our first dark sky astronomy event.
Tickets will go on sale September 30th. Please follow my Facebook page for the latest.
I hope you enjoy this short video about the planet Mercury, which you can currently see during late evening, low on the NW horizon. Mercury is also approaching its maximum evening elongation on the 17th May.
Joining me once again is Steve Owens, astronomer at Glasgow Science Centre and author of Stargazing For Dummies.
In this video podcast we discuss:
1. Tips for observing Mercury safely.
2. Mercury’s phases.
3. The surface geology of Mercury and how this reveals tantalising hints about its history and formation.
If you live in mid northern latitudes there’s an undeniable familiarity to your night skies when facing north. One of the most prominent constellations is Ursa Major with its bright asterism known as The Plough, or Big Dipper. I call this collection of stars the Swiss Army Knife for stargazers, and for good reason. Please watch to find out why.
Music used with permission from Rising Galaxy (Cosmicleaf records, Greece)