Events & Highlights

Upcoming Celestial and Eddington Lodge Events

May 2022

16th May, 2022

Total Lunar Eclipse. A total lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes completely through the Earth's dark shadow, or umbra, this one will be right before dawn. Starts 02:32hrs - Maximum 05:06hrs

June 2022

18th June, 2022

Planetary alignment - The naked eye will be able to see Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and possibly Uranus all in a line across the sky!

21st June, 2022

June Solstice. This is the first day of summer (summer solstice) in the Northern Hemisphere and the first day of winter (winter solstice) in the Southern Hemisphere.

July 2022

28th July, 2022

Delta Aquariids meteor shower Peak - Steady stream of meteors over several days but a low rate per hour. The new moon should help for a better display.

August 2022

12th August, 2022

Perseids meteor shower peak - Many bright fast meteors with trains. Associated with Comet Swift-Tuttle. Unfortunately the nearly full moon this year will block out all but the brightest meteors, but the Perseids are so bright many still show up.

September 2022

10th September, 2022

Full Moon.

16th September, 2022

Neptune at Opposition. This is the best time to view and photograph Neptune. Due to its extreme distance from Earth, it will only appear as a tiny blue dot in all but the most powerful telescopes.

23rd September, 2022

September Equinox. The Sun will shine directly on the equator and there will be nearly equal amounts of day and night throughout the world. This is also the first day of fall in the Northern Hemisphere.

25th September, 2022

New Moon - This is the best time of the month to observe faint objects such as galaxies and star clusters because there is no moonlight to interfere.

26th September, 2022

Jupiter at Opposition. Jupiter will be brighter than any other time of the year and will be visible all night long. This is the best time to view and photograph Jupiter and its moons.

October 2022

7th October, 2022

Draconids Meteor Shower. The first quarter moon will block out all but the brightest meteors this year. If you are patient, you may still be able to catch a few good ones.

8th October, 2022

Mercury at Greatest Western Elongation. This is the best time to view Mercury since it will be at its highest point above the horizon in the morning sky.

9th October, 2022

Full Moon.

21st October, 2022

Orionids meteor shower peak - Fast with fine trains. Associated with Comet Halley. The thin, crescent moon will leave mostly dark skies for what should be a good show. Best viewing will be from a dark location after midnight.

25th October, 2022

New Moon - This is the best time of the month to observe faint objects such as galaxies and star clusters because there is no moonlight to interfere.

November 2022

4th November, 2022

Taurids Meteor Shower. The Taurids is a long-running minor meteor shower producing only about 5-10 meteors per hour. This year the nearly full moon will block out all but the brightest meteors.

8th November, 2022

Full Moon.

9th November, 2022

Uranus at Opposition. This is the best time to view Uranus. Due to its distance, it will only appear as a tiny blue-green dot in all but the most powerful telescopes.

17th November, 2022

Leonids meteor shower peak - Fast bright meteors with fine trains. Associated with Comet Tempel-Tuttle. The second quarter moon will block many of the fainter meteors this year, but Leonids can be unpredictable so there is still a potential for a good show

23rd November, 2022

New Moon - This is the best time of the month to observe faint objects such as galaxies and star clusters because there is no moonlight to interfere.

December 2022

8th December, 2022

Mars at Opposition. The red planet will be at its closest approach to Earth and its face will be fully illuminated by the Sun. It will be brighter than any other time of the year and will be visible all night long. This is the best time to view Mars.

8th December, 2022

Full Moon.

13th December, 2022

Geminids meteor shower peak - Plenty of bright meteors, few trains. The waxing gibbous moon will block out most of the fainter meteors this year. But the Geminids are so numerous and bright that this could still be a good show.

21st December, 2022

December Solstice. The South Pole of the earth will be tilted toward the Sun. This is the first day of winter (winter solstice) in the Northern Hemisphere.

21st December, 2022

Ursids Meteor Shower. The Ursids is a minor meteor shower producing about 5-10 meteors per hour. This year, the nearly new moon will leave dark skies allowing for a good chance to see the infrequent meteors.

23rd December, 2022

New Moon - This is the best time of the month to observe faint objects such as galaxies and star clusters because there is no moonlight to interfere.

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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Planets

Finding and observing the planets of the Solar System in the night sky isn’t as tricky as you think. You just need to know where to look. When a planet is in a particularly favourable position in the evening or morning sky, it will look like a bright ‘star’, the most obvious point of light visible to the naked eye. Planets are not always viable at all times of the year due to the movement of their orbit agaisnt ours however mid to late 2022 is shaping up to be a great planet season with most of our planets visable.

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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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