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Sky Watch

Tim Peake

SKYWATCH: Give British astronaut Major Tim Peake a wave

Grand alignment is a fascinating and rare sight

Northern Lights light up the New Year's sky

Orion is one of the most famous constellations in the sky, unmistakeable because of its diagonal 'belt' of three blue stars at its waist

Go outside on Christmas Eve at 5.15pm, face the west...and wait.

Spotting Comet Catalina is quite a challenge

This weekend the annual Geminid meteor shower reaches its peak

Venus looks beautiful but has a deadly atmosphere

Best time to see the Big Dipper

Something very special to see in the hours before sunrise

Venus is lantern-bright

Orionid meteor shower reaches its peak

Another northern lights display could appear without much warning

Great week for planet spotters

Good time for planetary gazing

On a clear night watch for a surprise display of the northern lights.

Find Mercury in the evening sky

Space station is visible again

Saturn is glowing this weekend

Venus and Jupiter are now drifting apart

Jupiter and Venus - together in the twilight

Keep an eye on the northern sky

Space station is visible again

Keep an eye on the northern sky

Special time for sky watchers

Space station in view once again

Vega is shining brightly

Face the east at midnight - and see a golden star

The Pleiades cluster shines bright.

Space station promises spectacular passes

Space station promises spectacular passes

MAKE A DATE: watch for ISS crossing the sky

Space station is visible again

SOLAR SHOW: graphic showing the eclipse timings from Kendal

Eye wear needed to view eclipse

SKY TRIO: three planets in the west after sunset

Solar eclipse is on the horizon

BEEHIVE CLUSTER: early astronomers thought M44 or Praesepe looked like a swarm of bees.

Famous star cluster is buzzing across the sky

UNMISTAKEABLE: the evening sky belongs to Jupiter

Is there life under the ice?

PLANET WATCH. Eddington Astronomical Society gathers at Kendal Castle

Jupiter is on the horizon

OPPORTUNITY: if the clouds part over the next few days lookout for Comet Lovejoy

Comet Lovejoy is on the move

OUT OF THIS WORLD: on Christmas Eve the International Space Station will be visible in the sky above the UK (photo courtesy NASA)

Is it a star - or Santa?

CELESTIAL JOIE DE VIVRE: where to look for Comet Lovejoy over the New Year

Lovejoy shines bright in night sky

MOONWATCH: telescopes at the ready


Follow the arc to Arcturus

Arcturus is very easy for even the most novice stargazer to find

Elusive little Mercury is visible after sunset again

As darkness falls this week look for a small ‘W’ of stars

Something very rare is happening in the sky before dawn

The mid-August Perseid shower is one of the best

The sky is now pretty dark by midnight - and split in half by the misty trail of the Milky Way

Look directly overhead at midnight and you'll see the bright icy blue-white Vega

It was probably the best NLC display I've ever seen

The Sun's previously blank golden face is now spattered with sunspots

Over the coming weekend we can enjoy the always entrancing sight of a slowly fattening Moon.

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