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Night Sky In Caithness

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Penumbral Eclipse Of The Moon 5/6 August 2009

Partial Eclipse Of The Moon 31 December 2009

8 June 04
Transit Of Venus
Transit Of Venus At the BBC

VT 2004
2004 and 2012 Transits
Transit Of Venus - Useful for teachers
Transit Headquarters

Web Casts Of Transit Of Venus
Plenty to choose from but weather conditions may affect the transmission of the live event from one place to another so you may have to try more than one site.

Some of the amateur web sites with expected live webcasts

Opportunity Lands On Mars On 25 January 2004

2 November 03
Aurora in 2003

Space Weather
for great pictures of the aurora( northern lights) etc
Russells' Astronomy
In Scotland for space stuff and pictures of the northern lights 2003 and much more

8 August 03
Get Ready For Mars Close Encounter
The closest the red planet has ever been to Earth in over 50,000 years happens at the end of August 2003.  Once Again Caithness could be a good place to be for a great view.  With relatively unpolluted skies from electric lighting the chances of a clear view of the planet the biggest it will ever have been seen will make the north of Scotland one of the best viewpoints in the UK.   The British lander "Beagle 2" is on its way to attempt a landing.  Wednesday 13 August gives a good chance to see the planet next to the moon about 10.00pm.  to see it at its best another five hours later and hope for a clear sky you will have to go to bed early or stay up late.  
27th August 2003 Mars will be at its closest to Earth for thousands of years. It will be a bright object in our skies from the beginning of July until the middle of October.
As the close encounter happens every 26 months you can take your chances for next time but the really close one does not happen again for over 280 years.

For thousands of web sites and news on Mars try -
Google - Mars Exploration
Mars Explorer Rover Mission - NASA
ESA Mars Express
Beagle 2
National Astronomy Week
What the BBC Says About Mars
Royal Astronomical Society

BBC Beagle 2

All About Mars At Nine Planets
Mars Astronomy Picture Of The Day 5 July 1999
Night Sky August 2003 Dr Love - info on perseid meteors as well as mars etc
Mars Opposition
The Sky In August 2003

31 May 2003
Annular Eclipse From Strathy, Sutherland
Fog prevented a view from most of Caithness but it cleared just in time at Strathy, Sutherland to get a few shots.  Alan Mcivor waited until 4.40am to get his pictures by which time several people had left thinking it was not going to be seen.

30 May 2003
More Links On the Annular Eclipse
Aberdeen Astronomical Society
Britain's Solar Eclipse

27 May 03
Scotland Prepares For The Eclipse
The north of Scotland is preparing for an influx of eclipse watchers with Caithness, Sutherland Orkney and Shetland the favourite places.  the Highland Rangers in Caithness have their Bat Watch night extended to include stories and the eclipse in an extended night out.  Dunnet Head Bed and Breakfasts are expected to be very busy and Dunnet Tearooms is putting on very early breakfasts shortly after the eclipse.  From Dunbeath to John O'Groats people are making pinhole cameras to ensure they protect their eyes.  If taking pictures on no account look through the camera lens directly at the eclipse.  Have fun its a long time till the next one.

24 May 03
Annular Eclipse Approaching - If the Weather Is Clear

Next Saturday early morning 31 May in the far north of Scotland (the further north the better) will see an influx of people wanting to see this unusual form of eclipse.  Unusual only in that most of us will not be here to see the next one.   Weather permitting it could be an unusual site to see the sun blocked by the moon.  Some good advice on Henderson's Optician In Thurso web site (Check it out before you start)
For places round the UK for full or partial sightings go to This Web Page

The 31st May 2003 is the next opportunity to see an annular eclipse. It is predicted that if the weather is kind it should prove to be pretty spectacular. In the northern latitudes of Scotland the Sun rises very early and this date is only 3 weeks away from midsummer. The eclipse starts at 2:51:42 am, the sun would rise at 3:24 am so the start of the eclipse would not be seen and the sun would rise with the moon already eating into the sun.  Mid eclipse and hence the maximum eclipse would occur at 3:47:06 am 23 minutes after the sunrise and be at an latitude of 1.4 degrees above the horizon. The sun is approx 0.5 degrees across so the sun will be three solar diameters above the horizon at this point. The moon will completely be within the suns disc for 2 minutes 8 seconds. Finally the eclipse will end at 4:44:36 and the sun will be entire once more. All times are given in Universal GMT time.

Sky And Telescope Astronomy Resources
A portal web site with all sorts of news and links.  Sections on how to get started in astronomy and how to set up your telescope.  Kids sections and lots more.

Jodrell Bank - The Night Sky
Comet Ikeya-Zhang
Want To See Your Sky
Dark Skies Campaign
Solar Views
Astro Web
Masses of links maintained by a team of astronomers and astrophysicists

The Royal Observatory - Greenwich

Royal Observatory - Edinburgh
Astronomy FAQ
Astronomy Magazine
One of the best guides for beginners with links and sections to download for free.

A Virtual Trip through the Sun
Astronomy 1 Lesson 17
Astronomy HyperText Animation Resource
Astronomy Totally Online 
Introduction to college astronomy
Meteors      Meteor Showers 2001
The Leonids   15 - 20 November
Leonids Links

Leonids 2001 Meteor Gallery

Geminids   7 - 16 December

North American Meteor Network
The International Meteor Organization
The International Meteor Organization (Mirror)
A.L.P.O. Meteor Section
American Meteor Society, Ltd. (AMS)
Dutch Meteor Society (DMS)
Meteor Group Hawaii
Meteor Section of the Norwegian Astronomical Society
The Meteoritical Society
Nippon Meteor Society
Spanish Comet and Meteor Society

Periodic Comet Tempel-Tuttle

Gary Kronk's Comet Page


Comet Hale Bopp At Lowell Observatory

Lowell Observatory Home Page

Phil Bagnall's Astronomy Page

Amateur Astronomy on the Net
Amateur Sky Survey
Ancient Astronomical Cosmology Resource Centre
Andromeda Observatory
Armagh Observatory WWW Server
Armagh Planetarium Homepage
Association for Astronomy Education
Association of Lunar & Planetary Observers
Asteroid Database
Astro Imaging Links
Astronomical League
Astronomy for Kids
Astronomy Connection - The
Astronomy Info On the Net
Astronomy Page
Astronomy World Wide Web Resources
Astrophysical Data System; Catalogues
Amateur Telescope Making
ALPO Association of Lunar and Planetary Observers
Armagh Planetarium
Astro-Imaging Showcase

Astronomical Coffee Shop
Astronomy FTP sites
Astronomy Ireland
Astronomy Pic of the Day
Astrophoto & CCD Homepage
ATM Page
Beckington Astronomical Society
Bill Keel's GIF Farm
Building a Dobsonian Telescope
Campaign for Dark Skies
CNN's Space Exploration Gallery
Computerise your Dobsonian Telescope
Constellations of the Night Sky
Constellations and Their Stars
Earth & Sky Home Page
Eclipse Pages
European Association for Astronomy Education
Eyes on the Skies; H-alpha viewing Solar robotic telescope
Federation of Astronomy Societies
Galaxies Best
Garbo's Astronomy Images Directories
The Galaxy Page
Gateway to weather & astronomy resources on the net.
Global Network of Astronomical Telescopes
The Dome Look at the sky without going out.
Solar Views
Comets & Meteor Showers
Explore Space
Solar System Live
Astronomy Course Using the Internet
Monthly Astronomy Lessons
Stars and Galaxies
The Nine Planets
National Space Society

Bradford Robotic Telescope
Harvard - Smithsonian Centre for Astrophysics
The Messier Catalogue
- large database
Exploratorium Observatory
Sky Pub
J Track - Satellite Tracking
Astronomy & Space Lesson Plans
The Basics of Radio Astronomy - from NASA
The Planetary Society
Astronomical Society of the Pacific
The Salopian Web
The SOFIA Mission
The Kepler Mission
New Horizons Pluto Mission
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Orbits planets etc.
Visible Earth - another NASA site with searchable collection of views and animations

International Dark-Sky Association
International Occultation Timing Association
Internet Amateur Astronomers Catalog / Archive
Kids Astronomy
Lick Observatory, California
List of Astronomy Links
Lunar homepage
Lunar and Planetary Institute
"Lure of Lunar Domes"
McDonald Observatory, Texas
Mauna Kea Observatory, Hawaii
Messier Catalog (The)
Meteorite Facts
Mike's Home Page
Moon photos
Mt. Palomar Observatory, California
Observatory Photos
On Line Sun & Moon Almanac
Popular Astronomy -
Trying to cut the jargon
The Planetary Society
Radio Astronomy Image Gallery (NRAO)
Richard D. Swensen Sundial
Stephen Tonkin's Astronomy
Radio Astronomy, EME, SETI
Radio Astronomy Group
Search for Extrasolar Planets
SEDS Messier Album
SkyView Virtual Observatory
Sky Views
Shawn Grant's Page
The Sky Lab
Society for Popular Astronomy
Software for Astronomy
Southern Cross Astronomical Society
Space Telescope Information Service

Star Watch UK
Star Pages
Taunton Radio Astronomy Observatory
Tools for variable stars
Universe Today
A brief tour or our Universe
Virtual Solar System
Webb Society
WWW Astronomy Services
The World-Wide Web Virtual Library

See Also
Astronomy News & Links For Young People
Northern Lights
Reference Section


Eclipses Online

Solar System Exploration - NASA

Astronomy Picture Of The Day

Astronomy Picture Of The Day Archive

Astronomy Picture Of The Day Calendar

Astronomy Picture Of The Day Index

Earth Viewed From Satellite Showing The Lights
You can scroll East-West and North-South. Note that Canada's population is almost exclusively along the US border. Moving east to Europe, there is a high population concentration along the Mediterranean Coast. It's easy to spot London, Paris, Stockholm and Vienna. Note the Nile River and the rest of the "Dark Continent." After the Nile, the lights don't come on again until Johannesburg. Look at the Australian Outback and the Trans-Siberian Rail Route.  Moving east, the most striking observation is the difference between North and South Korea. Note the density of Japan.

Space Weather.com


Space At The BBC

A Practical Guide To Astronomy

Hubble Site
Hubble Galleries
Hubble Site - News Center - News Archive

The Sky Near You
Your Sky

For Fun
Hichhikers Guide To The Galaxy -