Observing

See the return of the Andromeda Galaxy

Are you looking for something to whet your observing appetite and celebrate the return of late summer dark skies to the British Isles? Why not welcome back the Andromeda Galaxy to the Northern Hemisphere night sky in this observing guide to one of the annual harbingers of autumnal celestial delights.

Observing

Perseid meteors set to light up 12-13 August skies

From the evening of Wednesday, 12 August into the early hours of the following morning, it is the maximum of the annual Perseid meteor shower. This year, a new Moon makes prospects for watching this natural firework display particularly good. So, find somewhere away from the streetlights, settle into a garden lounger facing northeast, and enjoy the show!

Observing

See the International Space Station from the UK

Next to the Moon and Venus, the International Space Station (ISS) can be the third brightest object in the nighttime sky. During the first ten days of August, the ISS is well placed for viewing before midnight for observers in the British Isles. We show you how, when and where to see it.

Observing

Photographing Pluto from the UK

Did you use our observing guide to view or image Pluto? Following New Horizons’ historic flyby, one budding astrophotographer living in a light-polluted UK town fulfils a long-time ambition to capture Pluto for himself.