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    • 17 Jun 2019


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    • 16 Jul 2019
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    • 28 Jul 2019
    • 2:00 AM - 3:00 AM


    The Delta Aquarid meteor shower favours the Northern Hemisphere where it is likely to be more visible.  These meteors are produced by the debris left behind by the Marsden and Kracht comets.

    It is a long and rambling shower which runs annually from July 12 to August 23. This year it will peak on the night of July 28 and the best viewing hours will be after midnight and before dawn on the morning of July 29 between 2-3am.

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    • 12 Aug 2019
    • 13 Aug 2019

    The Perseid (Per-see-id) meteor shower is one of the highlights of many meteor hunters’ calendar due to its high hourly rate and bright meteors caused by the Earth slamming into the debris left behind by comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle in July and August every year. It is called the Perseids because the meteors seem to originate from the constellation of Perseus. Astronomers call this point the meteor shower’s radiant.

    Perseid's shower will reach its maximum rate of activity on 12/13 August 2019. Some shooting stars associated with the shower are expected to be visible each night from 17 July to 24 August.

    Annual meteor showers arise when the Earth passes through streams of debris left behind by comets and asteroids. As pebble-sized pieces of debris collide with the Earth, they burn up at an altitude of around 70 to 100 km, appearing as shooting stars.

    By determining the speed and direction at which the meteors impact the Earth, it is possible to work out the path of the stream through the Solar System and identify the body responsible for creating it. 

    Observing prospects

    The maximum rate of meteors expected to be visible is around 80 per hour (ZHR). However, this assumes a perfectly dark sky and that the radiant of the meteor shower is directly overhead. 



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    • 30 Aug 2019

    Second New Moon in single calendar month

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    • 14 Sep 2019


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    • 28 Sep 2019


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    • 8 Oct 2019
    • 7:00 PM
    • 9 Oct 2019
    • 5:00 AM


    The Draconid is the first of two meteor showers that will pass through our skies in October.

    It owes its name to the constellation Draco which is a derivative of the Latin term draconem meaning huge serpent.

    The meteor is created when the Earth passes through the dust debris left by the comet 21P/ Giacobini-Zinner - sometimes the Draconid is also known as the Giacobinids.

    It’s an unusual shower because it’s best seen in the early evening instead of between midnight and dawn like most other showers. This year it will peak on the night of the 8 where it should produce 10 meteors per hour.


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    • 13 Oct 2019


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    • 20 Oct 2019
    • 7:00 PM
    • 21 Oct 2019
    • 5:00 AM


    The Orionid meteor shower is the second meteor shower created from the debris of the Comet Halley, the first being the Eta Aquarids in May.

    Halley takes around 76 years to make a complete revolution around the Sun. It will next be visible from Earth in 2061.

    Orionids are named after Orion, because the meteors seem to emerge or radiate from the same area in the sky as the constellation

    Orionids usually peak around October 20/21. At its peak, up to 20 meteors are visible every hour


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    • 12 Nov 2019


    The Taurid is a long-running minor - and slow - meteor shower between 20 October and 30th November, it only produces about 5-10 meteors per hour.

    The North Taurids will peak on November 12 but the stretched-out nature could see peak viewing up to November 17 .

    It has a high percentage of fireballs, or exceptionally bright meteors so should be easy to see providing the skies are clear.


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    • 12 Nov 2019


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    • 17 Nov 2019
    • 11:59 PM
    • 18 Nov 2019
    • 7:00 AM


    The Leonid meteor shower happens every year between the 15th and the 20th November. It occurs when Earth crosses the orbital path of Comet Tempel-Tuttle.

    This year it will peak after midnight between November 17 and 18. The Leonid shower is unique because it has a cyclonic peak about every 33 years - this is where hundreds of meteors can be seen per hour. The last time this happened was in 2001.


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    • 12 Dec 2019


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    • 13 Dec 2019
    • 8:00 PM
    • 14 Dec 2019
    • 5:00 AM

    In 2019, the Geminid meteor shower peaks on the night of December 13 and early morning hours of December 14.

    The Geminid meteor shower can be seen every year and this year should be visible between December 7 and December 16, with its peak activity being around December 13-14. The shower owes its name to the constellation Gemini because the meteors seem to emerge from this constellation in the sky.

    Unlike most other meteor showers, the Geminids are not associated with a comet but with an asteroid: the 3200 Phaethon. The asteroid takes about 1.4 years to orbit the Sun.

    The Geminids are considered to be one of the most spectacular meteor showers of the year, with the possibility of sighting around 120 meteors per hour at its peak.

    While it is not necessary to look in a particular direction to enjoy a meteor shower, astronomers suggest looking towards the south to view the Geminids.

    The best time to view the Geminids is at night – after sunset and before sunrise.


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    • 22 Dec 2019


    The Ursids shower arrives each year between December 17 and December 23. It is produced by dust grains left behind by comet 8/P Tuttle and is also called the Mechain-Tuttle’s.

    This year it will peak on the night of December 22. The Ursids meteor shower has been known to produce short bursts of over 100 meteors per hour. But typically the shower is much sparser than that. In a dark sky, it might produce only five to 10 meteors per hour at its peak.


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Past events

18 May 2019 Astronomical event: Blue Moon!
5 May 2019 Astronomical event: Eta Aquarid meteor shower
21 Apr 2019 Astronomical event: The Lyrid meteor shower
19 Apr 2019 Astronomical event: full moon
21 Mar 2019 Astronomical event: full moon
17 Mar 2019 Members evening: An introduction to cosmology
17 Feb 2019 Members evening: Mars, our mysterious red neighbour
13 Jan 2019 Members evening: Lunar Eclipses
22 Dec 2018 Astronomical event: full moon
22 Dec 2018 Astronomical event: Ursid meteor shower
16 Dec 2018 Members evening: Observing the Moon 2 CANCELLED
13 Dec 2018 Astronomical event: Geminids Meteor shower
23 Nov 2018 Astronomical event: full moon
18 Nov 2018 Members evening: Observing the Moon
17 Nov 2018 Astronomical event: Leonid meteor shower
11 Nov 2018 Astronomical event: Taurid meteor shower
4 Nov 2018 Close Encounters of the Third Kind
4 Nov 2018 Solar System Family Trail
3 Nov 2018 The Dark Side of the Universe
3 Nov 2018 Cloud Chamber Workshop
3 Nov 2018 Pop-up Planetarium @ Allendale
3 Nov 2018 Solar System Family Trail
2 Nov 2018 Nenthead Mines Stargazing
2 Nov 2018 Solar System Family Trail
1 Nov 2018 A Night with the Stars
1 Nov 2018 Astrophotography – Milky Way and Waterfalls
1 Nov 2018 Solar System Family Trail
31 Oct 2018 Spooky Space
31 Oct 2018 Solar System Family Trail
30 Oct 2018 Searching for Life
30 Oct 2018 Tame Your Telescope
30 Oct 2018 Solar System Family Trail
29 Oct 2018 Solar System Family Trail
28 Oct 2018 Skywatch@Stanhope
28 Oct 2018 Skywatch Down Under
28 Oct 2018 Solar System Family Trail
27 Oct 2018 How Old Are You, Really?
27 Oct 2018 North Pennines at Night Exhibition
27 Oct 2018 Solar System Family Trail
26 Oct 2018 Skywatch @ Killhope
26 Oct 2018 Solar System Family Trail
25 Oct 2018 A Night with the Stars
25 Oct 2018 Pop-up Planetarium @ Alston
25 Oct 2018 Solar System Family Trail
24 Oct 2018 Dark Side of the Moon – Planetarium Show
24 Oct 2018 Astronomical event: full moon
24 Oct 2018 In the Dark Wild Wednesday (Family activity)
24 Oct 2018 Solar System Family Trail
23 Oct 2018 Alston Skywatch
23 Oct 2018 Discover the Constellations
23 Oct 2018 Secondary Rocket Workshop (Ages 11+)
23 Oct 2018 Solar System Family Trail
23 Oct 2018 Primary Rocket Workshop (Ages 5-10)
22 Oct 2018 Pop-up Planetarium @ Stanhope
22 Oct 2018 Solar System Family Trail
21 Oct 2018 Astronomical event: Orionid meteor shower
21 Oct 2018 Solar System Walk & Diorama Workshop
20 Oct 2018 The Science of the Moon and the Stars with Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock MBE
20 Oct 2018 Silk Painting a Constellation
19 Oct 2018 Star Camp
7 Oct 2018 Astronomical event: Draconid meteor shower
30 Sep 2018 Members evening: Visually Observing the Night Sky
25 Sep 2018 Astronomical event: full moon
26 Aug 2018 Astronomical event: full moon
13 Aug 2018 Astronomical event: Perseid Meteor shower
12 Aug 2018 Perseid Meteor Shower @ Killhope
29 Jul 2018 Astronomical event: Delta Aquarid meteor shower
27 Jul 2018 Astronomical event: full moon
28 Jun 2018 Astronomical event: full moon
2 Jun 2018 Sunset to Sunrise at the Cosmic Pond
31 May 2018 EXOPLANET TO BEYOND children’s drawing workshop
29 May 2018 Full Moon at the Cosmic Pond
29 May 2018 Astronomical event: full moon
6 May 2018 Astronomical event: Eta Aquarid meteor shower
5 May 2018 Astrophysics & Astronomy Today - NEWCASTLE
30 Apr 2018 Astronomical event: full moon
22 Apr 2018 Astronomical event: The Lyrid meteor shower
31 Mar 2018 Astronomical event: full moon
23 Mar 2018 North Pennines Astronomy Society Stargazing
19 Mar 2018 Corporate Induction & Star Tips for Profit Workshop
10 Mar 2018 Members evening: Mythology of the Night Sky
2 Mar 2018 Astronomical event: full moon
17 Feb 2018 Members evening: Gazing at the Milky Way
2 Feb 2018 North Pennines Astronomy Society Stargazing
31 Jan 2018 Astronomical event: 'super blue blood' full moon
20 Jan 2018 Members evening: Observing the Night Sky
15 Dec 2017 North Pennines Astronomy Society Stargazing
30 Nov 2017 Skywatch: Organised by the North Pennines Astronomy Society - CANCELLED DUE TO SNOW
11 Nov 2017 Members evening: Introduction to telescopes & night sky photography
29 Oct 2017 Eclipses Uncovered
28 Oct 2017 Build a Rocket Workshop (Session 3)
28 Oct 2017 Build a Rocket Workshop (Session 2)
28 Oct 2017 Build a Rocket Workshop (Session 1)
27 Oct 2017 North Pennines Astronomy Society Stargazing
27 Oct 2017 Real Astronomy
27 Oct 2017 Pop-up Planetarium @ Stanhope
26 Oct 2017 Skywatch @ Killhope Museum
25 Oct 2017 Stargazing and Astrophotography for Beginners
25 Oct 2017 Pop-up Planetarium @ Alston
24 Oct 2017 Constellations – Myths, Legends and Recognition
23 Oct 2017 Pop-up Planetarium @ Allendale
21 Oct 2017 Astrophotography Workshop
21 Oct 2017 Tour of our Solar System
19 Oct 2017 Stargazing Students workshop
15 Oct 2017 Stargazing Students workshop
6 Oct 2017 North Pennines Observatory Official Opening

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