Schull Planetarium summer schedule

The summer schedule for 2018 has been announced,
the times for shows in July and August are shown below.
People are advised to arrive in advance to the times shown.
Why not book in advance?

Monday 5pm
Wednesday 8pm
Friday 5pm

People can book group bookings for a cost from €80





Eta Aquarids.

The Eta Aquarids is an above average shower, capable of producing up to 60 meteors per hour at its peak. Most of the activity is seen in the Southern Hemisphere. In the Northern Hemisphere, the rate can reach about 30 meteors per hour. It is produced by dust particles left behind by comet Halley, which has known and observed since ancient times. The shower runs annually from April 19 to May 28. It peaks this year on the night of May 6 and the morning of the May 7. The waning gibbous moon will block most of the fainter meteors this year, but you should be able to catch quite A few good ones if you are patient. Best viewing will be from a dark location after midnight. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Aquarius, but can appear anywhere in the sky.

May Bank Holiday Starshow

We will be giving a show on may bank holiday weekend. We recommend you book the show to ensure you get a seat.
The show will be open on May the 5th and doors close at 6:30pm


Lyrids Meteor Shower on April 22nd and 23rd.

The Lyrids is an average shower, usually producing about 20 meteors per hour at its peak. It is produced by dust particles left behind by comet C/1861 G1 Thatcher, which was discovered in 1861. The shower runs annually from April 16-25. It peaks this year on the night of the night of the 22nd and morning of the 23rd. These meteors can sometimes produce bright dust trails that last for several seconds. The first quarter moon will set shortly after midnight, leaving dark skies for the what could be a good show. Best viewing will be from a dark location after midnight. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Lyra, but can appear anywhere in the sky.

How to observe the night sky with a device.

Nowadays there are many interesting ways to find star constellations.
I still recommend getting an old fashioned planisphere but if not, these apps for your device may be useful:

Star walk 2
Sky observer
Celestia
Stellarium

all of these apps will help you when you are out on a night that happens to be clear.

Venus very visible


Tonight – March 4, 2018 – and for the coming weeks, you can use the dazzling planet Venus, the sky’s third-brightest celestial object after the sun and moon, to find Mercury, the solar system’s innermost planet.
Just look for the first star to appear in the west about 40 minutes after sunset.
 Do you have binoculars? They’ll come in handy to look at Venus. However, if not, you will still see the 'Morning star' Venus. This and Mercury will remain close enough together on the sky’s dome to fit inside a typical binocular field of 5o for the first three weeks of March 2018.
Come and visit us on the Easter show 31st of March to Learn more!
You might be able to spot both worlds now with the eye alone. If you spot Venus, but not Mercury, aim binoculars at Venus to see both worlds in a single binocular field.
For the Northern Hemisphere, Mercury is just starting its best evening apparition of the year. Both Venus and Mercury are getting farther from the sunset glare day by day.

 
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