Stargazing

Calendars

Download and display our monthly astronomy calendars at home or in your classroom!

Our calendars help you plan your stargazing activities. We have included things you can see with just your eyes or through binoculars (or via the internet in the case of rocket launches or most eclipses).

Use our Stargazing Glossary to expand your astronomical vocabulary as you use the calendars.


The Whole Sky at 8am

The Whole Sky over the UK at 8 AM. The observer's horizon is around the outside of the circle. The centre of the picture is the point in the night sky right above the observer. The four points of the compass (North, East, South and West) are shown.


The Whole Sky at 6am

The Whole Sky over the UK at 6 AM. The observer's horizon is around the outside of the circle. The centre of the picture is the point in the night sky right above the observer. The four points of the compass (North, East, South and West) are shown.


The Whole Sky at 4am

The Whole Sky over the UK at 4 AM. The observer's horizon is around the outside of the circle. The centre of the picture is the point in the night sky right above the observer. The four points of the compass (North, East, South and West) are shown.


The Whole Sky at 2am

The Whole Sky over the UK at 2 AM. The observer's horizon is around the outside of the circle. The centre of the picture is the point in the night sky right above the observer. The four points of the compass (North, East, South and West) are shown as well as the position of the sunset.


The Horizon at 8am

The horizon around the UK at 8 AM. Each image shows half the sky. These images are updated each day. Look at them over a few days to see how things change.

Use the images to plan your stargazing. Choose a direction you want to look in (for example, west) and look at the image of the night sky. When you are stargazing, look in the same direction and try to find some of the same star patterns in the sky. You could also look for a planet! Remember to look up at the sky, as well as near to the horizon.


The Horizon at 6am

The horizon around the UK at 6 AM. Each image shows half the sky. These images are updated each day. Look at them over a few days to see how things change.

Use the images to plan your stargazing. Choose a direction you want to look in (for example, west) and look at the image of the night sky. When you are stargazing, look in the same direction and try to find some of the same star patterns in the sky. You could also look for a planet! Remember to look up at the sky, as well as near to the horizon.


The Horizon at 4am

The horizon around the UK at 4 AM. Each image shows half the sky. These images are updated each day. Look at them over a few days to see how things change.

Use the images to plan your stargazing. Choose a direction you want to look in (for example, west) and look at the image of the night sky. When you are stargazing, look in the same direction and try to find some of the same star patterns in the sky. You could also look for a planet! Remember to look up at the sky, as well as near to the horizon.


The Horizon at 2am

The horizon around the UK at 2 AM. Each image shows half the sky. These images are updated each day. Look at them over a few days to see how things change.

Use the images to plan your stargazing. Choose a direction you want to look in (for example, west) and look at the image of the night sky. When you are stargazing, look in the same direction and try to find some of the same star patterns in the sky. You could also look for a planet! Remember to look up at the sky, as well as near to the horizon. 


Night Sky

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Dark skies!
Image credit: Visit Coll

Stargazing is something that we can all do. You just need to look up at the night sky. But there are ways to improve your experience. We have put together some tools for you. They should help you to plan your stargazing and help you understand what you see. 


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