Draconids Meteor Shower.

The Draconids is a minor meteor shower producing only about 10 meteors per hour. It is produced by dust grains left behind by comet 21P Giacobini-Zinner, which was first discovered in 1900. The Draconids is an unusual shower in that the best viewing is in the early evening instead of early morning like most other showers. The shower runs annually from October 6-10 and peaks this year on the the night of the 8th. This will be an excellent year to observe the Draconids because there will be no moonlight to spoil the show. Best viewing will be in the early evening from a dark location far away from city lights. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Draco, but can appear anywhere in the sky.


Perseids Meteor Shower.

The Perseids is one of the best meteor showers to observe, producing up to 60 meteors per hour at its peak. It is produced by comet Swift-Tuttle, which was discovered in 1862. The Perseids are famous for producing a large number of bright meteors. The shower runs annually from August 10 to 14th. It peaks this year on the night of August 12 and the morning of August 13. The thin crescent moon will set early in the evening leaving dark skies for what should be an excellent show. Best viewing will be from a dark location after midnight. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Perseus, but can appear anywhere in the sky.
NOT TO BE MISSED!



Delta Aquarids Meteor Shower

The Delta Aquarids is an average shower that can produce up to 20 meteors per hour at its peak. It is produced by debris left behind by comets Marsden and Kracht. The shower runs annually from July 12 to August 23. It peaks this year on the night of July 28 and morning of July 29. The nearly full moon will be a problem this year, blocking out all but the brightest meteors. But if you are patient, you should still be able to catch a few good ones. Best viewing will be from a dark location after midnight. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Aquarius, but can appear anywhere in the sky.

Lunar Eclipse, 27th of July

The different stages of the lunar eclipse.
A lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes directly behind Earth and into its shadow.This can occur only when the Sun, Earth, and the Moon are aligned exactly or very closely so, with the planet in between. 
During a total lunar eclipse, Earth completely blocks direct sunlight from reaching the Moon. The only light reflected from the lunar surface has been refracted by Earth's atmosphere. This light appears reddish for the same reason that a sunset or sunrise does: the Rayleigh scattering of bluer light. Due to this reddish color, a totally eclipsed Moon is sometimes called a blood moon.
These eclipses are extremely rare and there will be one visible on the 27th of July.
To find out when to look out for the eclipse in your region please follow the link below and enter your city name.
we recommend to look out at east twice in the eclipse. When the moon is entering the Earths umbra and at the maximum point.
Here is an app that will tell you more details about eclipses in the future:

The visibility zones of the upcoming eclipse.




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.

Schull Planetarium Easter Show 31st March


There will be a special easter themed show on Saturday the 31st of march! 5pm


Counsellor & Deputy Head of Mission Embassy of the Kingdom of Lesotho visits schull planetaium


Counsellor & deputy head of Mission Embassy of the Kingdom of Lesotho visited Schull Planetarium because of the long standing Lesotho links programme by Schull Community College. 
The Ambassador was impressed with the amazing views of star constellations over Ireland.


 
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