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Look out for Lyrid meteors

17 April 2015 – The annual Lyrid meteor shower is underway and will be growing to its peak on Weds 22–Thurs 23 April. This year the young Moon shouldn’t interfere so at the shower’s height you can expect to see 10-20 meteors per hour, weather permitting. Viewing the Lyrids The point…

Astro Art: cosmic bodies and our solar system

In this new Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year-inspired blog post about astronomically-themed objects from the Museum’s collections, I am looking at planets and other cosmic bodies in our solar system. Celestial globes, armillary spheres and orreries are not only useful astronomical tools; they can also be objects of astounding…

Astronomy Photographer of the Year – Winner Julie

Entries for Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2015 close on 16 April and it looks like it’s going to be another amazing year. If you want to get involved and need some last minute inspiration, we’ve been catching up with the winners of the 2014 competition. Today Julie Fletcher…

Astronomy Photographer of the Year – Winner Bill Snyder

With entries for Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year closing this month, we’ve been catching up with 2014 winners to talk about their pics and get some advice.  I would like to thank the judges that selected my Horsehead Nebula image for the Astronomy Photographer of the Year Deep Space…