Stargazing

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. 


Sky Map Help

Day and Night - Sky Map

The main part of each image shows the positions of the objects which are visible in the sky at that time. This includes stars, the Moon, and planets.

It is difficult to draw the whole sky in one go on a flat piece of paper or on the computer screen. This is because the sky is not flat. It is more like a big dome over the observer.


The Whole Sky at Midnight

The Whole Sky over the UK at midnight. 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 Whole Sky at 10pm

The Whole Sky over the UK at 10 PM. 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 Whole Sky at 8pm

The Whole Sky over the UK at 8 PM. 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.


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