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The Night Sky in August

Dark Sky Wales astronomer Martin Griffiths takes a look at the August night sky and provides you with an incite into what you can enjoy this month. August sees the return of darker evenings and the glories of the summer Milky Way stretching from northern horizon to...

Perseids Meteor Shower

  As we enter August astronomers turn they’reeyes to the late summer sky in anticipation of spotting one of the greatest meteor showers of the year, the Perseids. The Perseids are a prolific meteor shower associatedwith the comet Swift–Tuttle. The Perseids...

June Skies

The nights of June are not very long as we march towards and past the “longest day” where 16 hours of sunlight actually mean 20 hours of daylight for us living in temperate zones. Nevertheless, there are some great objects to look out for, especially the planet...

Return of the Milky Way

  As we enter the summer months our thoughts turn to holidays and a much deserved break! However, us astronomers think slightly different. Our attention turns to the return of Milky Way. Although visible all year round the summer Milky Way allows astronomers to...

March Skies

The Night Sky in March 2017 The spring constellations of Leo, Hydra and Bootes are now high in the sky and visible all night whilst the galaxies of the Virgo cluster become prime objects for study. The giant planet Jupiter begins to dominate the night. Moon in March:...

February Skies

DSW Astronomer Martin Griffiths takes a look at the February sky. The bright winter constellations still dominate the evening but by midnight and into early morning the spring constellations of Leo, Hydra and Bootes become visible and the galaxies of the Virgo cluster...

The Christmas Star

As we approach the festive period and look forward to enjoying the company of family and friends let us consider the potential astronomical origins of the ‘Christmas Star’. In Christian tradition the star indicated the direction in which the three wise men...

The December Night Sky

Dark Sky Wales astronomer Martin Griffiths once again looks at the month ahead highlighting those astronomical must for you to go and see. The fantastic constellations of winter begin to dominate the sky with Taurus, Orion, Perseus and Auriga being the main features....

Gemini Meteor Shower

This December 13/14th sees another great meteor shower! Radiating from the constellation of Gemini this annual meteor shower is one of the years best! Best yet, there is no moon to obscure the 2015 Geminid shower. The meteors are plentiful, rivaling the August...

Supermoon or not?

With all the media hype about this evenings ‘Supermoon’ what is actually happening? Well, first thing to consider is what is actually happening to the moon? The short answer is nothing! The moon is doing what it always does, orbiting the Earth. It’s orbit is not...

November’s Night Sky

As Winter rapidly approaches and the Summer Milky Way sets below the horizon Dark Sky Wales Astronomer Martin Griffiths takes his monthly look at the night sky! The nights are now well drawn in and the Autumn constellations dominate the sky high overhead whilst the...

The Night Sky In October

Dark Sky Wales Astronomer Martin Griffiths takes a look at the Night Sky in October 2016 The nights are now well drawn in and at the end of the month darkness comes early. The Autumn constellations dominate the sky and Summer fades as the milky way descends to the...

The Legend of Orion

As the winter skies approach there is one constellation above all others that dominates the sky, that is Orion the great hunter. The constellation easily recognisable by its three belt stars Alnitak, Alnilam and Mintaka, contains some of the most enigmatic deep sky...

Col Al Worden Command Module Pilot, Apollo 15

Last weekend Dark Sky Wales were honoured to host Col. Alfred Worden Command Module Pilot, Apollo 15 at the Park and Dare Theatre, Treorchy, RCT.  Crowd of nearly 400 would be enthralled by the story that unfolded during Col Worden’s talk and subsequent Q&A....