GEMINIDS METEOR SHOWER.

Tolcarn will be open for the Geminids Meteor shower from noon on the 13th December to the 14th December 2014 for the Geminids meteor shower. This shower has a ZHR rating of 100, meaning on average you will see 100 an hour. Should be a great show.

ROSETTAS PROBE PHILAE.

At 0903hrs GMT November 12th 2014 Rosettas lander Philae detached successfully on its way down to comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Fingers crossed it will land safely. Images courtesy of ESA.

ESA Mission control.

ESA Mission control.

Pre separation discussions.

Pre separation discussions.

Minutes to go.

Minutes to go.

Congratulations ESA.

Congratulations ESA.

Pretty chilled after separation.

Pretty chilled after separation.

EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY (ESA) ROSETTA PROBE.

Wednesday November 12th at 0903am GMT the Rosetta probe orbiting Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko will launch the lander probe Philae for a landing on the comet 7 hours later. This can be viewed live on the ESA website. logon to http://new.livestream.com/esa/cometlanding for live coverage from ESA mission control. All images courtesy of ESA.

Rosetta and Philae

Rosetta and Philae

Comet lander Philae.

Comet lander Philae.

Comet 67P Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

Comet 67P Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

Rosetta selfie.

Rosetta selfie.

Night Skies Network live broadcasts.

Two buddies of mine were broadcasting on the Night Skies Network last week. Two amazing images captured from their live broadcasts. First image was captured from Sean of Long Island. It shows the Montes Apenninus on the Moon. The second capture was from Dave from South Africa and shows M16 the Eagle nebula containing the Pillars of Creation. Both amazing captures.seanmoon2

M16 Eagle Nebula with Pillars of Creation.

M16 Eagle Nebula with Pillars of Creation.

PERSEIDS METEOR SHOWER.

A big thank you to all who turned up to the observatory to view the Perseids meteor shower. Although the moon was bright, we still saw some spectacular fireballs. There were a lot of happy campers. The Yagi radio telescope detector was a brilliant addition, the Perseids were causing an abundance of “Doppler” pings throughout the shower. Yagi even picked up the International Space Station (ISS) see image.

ISS trace on Yagi radio detector.

ISS trace on Yagi radio detector.

PERSEIDS METEOR SHOWER.

Tolcarn Research Observatory will be open from 9th-15th August 2014 for the Perseids meteor shower. Limited camping will be available. Please contact the observatory to book your place on info@tolcarnobservatory.com
This year as well as the 180 degree Allsky cam, we will be using the new radio telescope to detect the meteors as they happen.
The Tolcarn team look forward to seeing you all there.
Perseids meteor shower is caused by the Earth moving through the old comet trail left by comet Swift-Tuttle. So called because the point from which they appear to come, called the “Radiant” lies in the constellation of Perseus. The stream of debris is called the Perseid cloud and stretches along the orbit of the comet Swift-Tuttle. The cloud consists of particles ejected by the comet as it travels its 133 year orbit. It is recorded at its earliest in the annals of Chinese astronomers in 36 AD.
We will be broadcasting live on the Night Skies Network. www.nightskiesnetwork.com
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