Events & Highlights

Upcoming Celestial and Eddington Lodge Events

October 2019

5th October, 2019

Moon First Quarter

13th October, 2019

Full Moon

21st October, 2019

Moon Third Quarter

21st October, 2019

Orionid Meteor Shower Peak - Fast with fine trains. Associated with Comet Halley

28th October, 2019

New Moon

November 2019

4th November, 2019

Moon First Quarter

11th November, 2019

Mercury transits across the sun

12th November, 2019

Full Moon

17th November, 2019

Leonids Meteor Shower Peak - Fast bright meteors with fine trains. Associated with Comet Tempel-Tuttle

19th November, 2019

Moon Third Quarter

26th November, 2019

New Moon

December 2019

4th December, 2019

Moon First Quarter

12th December, 2019

Full Moon

14th December, 2019

Geminids Meteor Shower Peak - Plenty of bright meteors, few trains

19th December, 2019

Moon Third Quarter

26th December, 2019

New Moon

January 2020

3rd January, 2020

Moon First Quarter

3rd January, 2020

Quandrantids Meteor Shower Peak - Blue meteors with fine trains

10th January, 2020

Full Moon

17th January, 2020

Moon Third Quarter

24th January, 2020

New Moon

February 2020

2nd February, 2020

Moon First Quarter

9th February, 2020

Full Moon

15th February, 2020

Moon Third Quarter

23rd February, 2020

New Moon

March 2020

2nd March, 2020

Moon First Quarter

9th March, 2020

Full Moon

16th March, 2020

Moon Third Quarter

24th March, 2020

New Moon

April 2020

1st April, 2020

Moon First Quarter

8th April, 2020

Full Moon

14th April, 2020

Moon Third Quarter

22nd April, 2020

Lyrids meteor shower peak - Bright fast meteors, some with trains. Associated with Comet Thatcher

23rd April, 2020

New Moon

30th April, 2020

Moon First Quarter

May 2020

5th May, 2020

Eta Aquariids meteor shower peak - Low in sky. Associated with Comet Halley

7th May, 2020

Full Moon

14th May, 2020

Moon Third Quarter

22nd May, 2020

New Moon

30th May, 2020

Moon First Quarter

June 2020

5th June, 2020

Full Moon

13th June, 2020

Moon Third Quarter

21st June, 2020

New Moon

28th June, 2020

Moon First Quarter

July 2020

5th July, 2020

Full Moon

13th July, 2020

Moon Third Quarter

20th July, 2020

New Moon

27th July, 2020

Moon First Quarter

29th July, 2020

Delta Aquariids meteor shower Peak - Steady stream of meteors over several days but a low rate per hour

August 2020

3rd August, 2020

Full Moon

11th August, 2020

Moon Third Quarter

12th August, 2020

Perseids meteor shower peak - Many bright fast meteors with trains. Associated with Comet Swift-Tuttle

19th August, 2020

New Moon

25th August, 2020

Moon First Quarter

September 2020

2nd September, 2020

Full Moon

10th September, 2020

Moon Third Quarter

17th September, 2020

New Moon

24th September, 2020

Moon First Quarter

October 2020

1st October, 2020

Full Moon

10th October, 2020

Moon Third Quarter

16th October, 2020

New Moon

21st October, 2020

Orionids meteor shower peak - Fast with fine trains. Associated with Comet Halley

23rd October, 2020

Moon First Quarter

31st October, 2020

Full Moon

November 2020

8th November, 2020

Moon Third Quarter

15th November, 2020

New Moon

17th November, 2020

Leonids meteor shower peak - Fast bright meteors with fine trains. Associated with Comet Tempel-Tuttle

22nd November, 2020

Moon First Quarter

30th November, 2020

Full Moon

December 2020

8th December, 2020

Moon Third Quarter

13th December, 2020

Geminids meteor shower peak - Plenty of bright meteors, few trains

14th December, 2020

New Moon

21st December, 2020

Moon First Quarter

21st December, 2020

Rare Conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn

30th December, 2020

Full Moon

The Best Time to Stay

The best time to observe the stars is when the skies are at their clearest and darkest, and the nights are at their longest. This means that the months of late August to mid April provide a better chance to see more and visitors have a longer window each night in which to observe the night sky. Different times of year also offer a different perspective of the sky with some constellations and objects only visible in certain seasons. This means that returning guests will often have new objects and sights to observe.

Moon Phases

The phases of the moon can make a big difference to astronomy. The bright reflective light of a full moon can drown out most of the fainter objects in the night sky so staying when the moon is full should be avoided if possible. The best time for astronomy would be around a new moon when the night is at its darkest, leading to the best conditons for observation. The lead up to the first quater can also be a great time for stargazing, especially with younger childern as the moon will be available and is always a great sight for young minds. As a general rule, avoiding one week either side of the full moon would be best. That's not to say that we can't do astronomy during those times but there may be more of a limit on what can be seen.

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Meteor Showers

There are several well known, predictable and sometimes very strong meteor showers during the year. These are a great time to get out into our dark skies and spot the fireballs hurtling through our atmosphere, some of which will also leave trails or trains in the sky. Meteor showers that also coincide with or are close to a new moon are usually the most spectacular. Meteor showers generally last between a few days and a couple of weeks. We have provided the peak shower dates opposite - this is when the amount of meteors should be at its maximum rate. 

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Conjunctions and eclipses

From time to time we do get treated to conjunctions and eclipses, both the rare solar and the more common lunar. A conjunction is when two objects in the night sky appear together. This is most often two of our own solar system planets, a combination of a planet and a deep sky object or a combination of a planet and our moon. Although rare, having the opportunity to view two of our closest neighbours together, or seeing a planet disappear behing the the view of our moon, is not to be missed. A lunar eclipse is when the Earth is positioned between the Sun and the Moon, turning the Moon a deep red colour in the night sky. The rarer solar eclipse is when the Moon is positioned between the Sun and the Earth, turning day into an eerie twilight. Eclipses can happen as either a total or a partial eclipse.

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Comets

All through the year comets make their way through our solar system, brightening and darkening as they are affected by the Sun. These can be both great visual and astrophotography targets for guests and we aim to provide details of when they might be at their best to see.

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