Look up on a clear night and you will see thousands of twinkling lights shining down on you. Each one of these is a star, many millions of kilometers away. Multiple stars in the double cluster in Perseus. Image Credit: Paul Smith Although we don't see it very often from Ireland, the Sun is our … Continue reading What is a Star?
A Beginner’s Guide to Star Gazing
Many of us have gone outside and wondered about the night sky but how can you get the best out of that experience? You don't need a lot of equipment to enjoy the night sky. This post will give you some tips to get started with star gazing. The night sky including the milky way. … Continue reading A Beginner’s Guide to Star Gazing
Many of us have heard of constellations. Often, one may be familiar with a few of them. But what are they and where did they come from? In general, a constellation is a group of stars that are said to resemble a person, animal, mythological being or object. The thing to remember here is that … Continue reading Constellations Explained
What is a Galaxy?
Earth is our home planet. It orbits the Sun together with the other eight planets, comets, asteroids and all of the other stuff that makes up the Solar System. But where is the Solar System located? It turns out that the Solar System is part of a much larger structure, called a galaxy. The Sun … Continue reading What is a Galaxy?