Friday, 19 December 2008

A VERY HAPPY CHRISTMAS from Wales















We would like to wish you a
VERY HAPPY CHRISTMAS from here in Wales -
Gyda phob dymuniad da
am Nadolig Llawen
a Blwyddyn Newydd Dda

Thursday, 18 December 2008

SKY MAPS - FREE

A really useful website if you are really interested in the wonders of the night sky each month.
http://www.skymaps.com/downloads.html
Scroll down until you come to the hemisphere most appropriate for you.

Saturday, 13 December 2008

WILL WE - won't we?
















During December the 'other' good annual meteor shower reaches its peak near midnight on December 13. This year the light from the near full Moon will drown out all but the brightest meteors. However all is not lost because while the peak is on Dec. 13-14 the actual meteor shower event lasts nearly two weeks, from Dec. 6 to Dec. 19. The meteors will radiate outward in all directions from the 'radiant' which is located quite close to the star Castor. The Gemini Twins rise at about 7 p.m. local time and so the radiant for the meteor shower may be observed throughout the night. The constellation will still be high above the southwestern horizon at the peak time.


One of the most infuriating things, is to wait for a very special 'sky' event only to find that the weather changes at that very moment and obscures the whole show. Perhaps even worse than this is a 'sky event' that only happens once in a persons lifetime.

We in POWYS have a better than usual chance to really enjoy the events of the heavens as Powys has decided to switch off a lot of its light during the evenings. I have really enjoyed walking at night in the bright moonlight and seeing stars that have been hidden for years by light pollution.

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