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Perseid Meteor Shower 2017

The Perseids Meteor Shower has started and will peak around the 9th to 13th August 2017 and it could produce 50 to 100 meteors per hour as it passes through the dust trail created by Comet Swift-Tuttle. The comet orbits … Continue reading

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OSIRIS-REx Ambassador

I’m very happy to have been appointed as an Ambassador for the OSIRIS-REx sample return mission and look forward to contributing to the success of this incredible mission.  

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Lyrids Meteor Shower

Lyrids Active from April 16th to April 25th. Peak on 22/23 April. The annual Lyrid meteor shower has begun. It’s active each year from about April 16 to 25. In 2017, the peak of this shower – which tends to … Continue reading

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Geminids Meteor Shower 2016

The 2016 Geminid meteor shower is underway and will peak on the night of the 13/14 December. Unfortunately, this year the peak combines with a Full Moon which may affect viewing! HOW TO SEE GEMINID METEORS. The Geminids radiate from … Continue reading

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Leonids Meteor Shower – November 2016

You can see live meteor hits on our Meteor Watch page http://www.exeterobservatory.com/meteor-watch/ The Leonids will be on show between the 16th and 18th of November 2016. They will peak on the evening of the 17th and could produce around 20 … Continue reading

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Orionids Meteor Shower 2016

The Orionids Meteor shower will be visible from the UK during October and will peak on the evening of 20/21st October. The best time to view is early morning before dawn but anytime after midnight should see meteors. Look up … Continue reading

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ESA EXO-MARS Schiaparelli lander landing tomorrow!

Tomorrow at around 3.48 pm (UK time) the Schiaparelli lander will touch down on the surface of the Red Planet,Mars. Having separated from it’s mothership, the Exomars TGO (Trace Gas Orbiter) on the 16th October, the lander will manouver itself … Continue reading

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Perseids Meteor Shower – 2016

Thursday August 11th will see the peak of the Perseids Meteor Shower and this year you see even more meteors. The shower, which usually supplies between 50 to 100 meteors per hour, could result in a spectacular 200 meteors per … Continue reading

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What’s in the sky this month (July)

Watch the video to find out what you can see in the night sky this month. What’s in the night sky in July.

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Live broadcast of the Mercury Transit

Live Mercury Transit Broadcast DUE TO ADVERSE WEATHER CONDITIONS THE LIVE BROADCAST EVENT FROM EXETER HAS BEEN CANCELLED. YOU CAN STILL WATCH A LIVE BROADCAST FROM SLOOH BELOW. On May 9th 2016 a rare astronomical event will occur. Mercury will … Continue reading

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