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The Night Sky in November 2018

Dark Sky Wales Astronomer Martin Griffiths takes a look at the Night Sky in November 2018 The winter stars are now appearing in early evening whilst the Autumn constellations dominate overhead. The summer constellations are still fading and the Milky Way is becoming a...

Halloween Sky Spooktacular

Our Intrepid Blogger Katrin Raynor-Evans takes a look at the night sky this Halloween. Happy Halloween to you all! If you are reading this then we can assume that the Earth hasn’t been hit by the skull shaped asteroid which the media have been writing about. But a bit...

Orionid Meteor Shower

  It’s that time of year again! Our favourite meteor shower, the Orionids will be putting on a show in our night sky. Not only is it our favourite because the skies are darker but it’s also one of the most reliable meteor showers of the astronomical calendar. As...

My Journey Through Space And Time

  Dark Sky Wales are proud to announce that we are going to have a guest blogger! Let us introduce you to Katrin, well I say we, lets allow Katrin to introduce herself. When Allan asked me to start writing for the Dark Sky Wales blog, I did not hesitate and...

The Night Sky for December

    Dark Sky Wales Astronomer Martin Griffiths once again looks at the night sky for the month ahead. The winter is almost fully upon us and the constellations of Taurus Orion and Gemini are great features of the early nights. Perseus and Auriga climb high...

The November Night Sky

It’s that time of the month again were Dark Sky Wales astronomer Martin Griffiths lets us know what’s happening in the sky this month. The darkness of early evening returns in November and clear nights give astronomers the opportunity to observe longer....

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...