The night sky

Why not spend some time outside observing our fantastic night sky. There are quite a few resources online to help you get a better idea of what to look for when star gazing. Here are some handy tips to help you get started.

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Astronomer, Dr Ian Morison, provides a monthly guide to the phases of the Moon, the naked-eye planets and the prominent constellations.

A podcast about astronomy including the latest news, what you can see in the night sky, interviews with astronomers and more. It is created by astronomers from The University of Manchester's Jodrell Bank.

Looking to buy a telescope? Where should you start?
Telescope guide
Can binoculars be used instead of a telescope?
Binocular guide

Encourage your children to make their own planisphere and observe the stars.

Download our step by step Planisphere guide or watch a video.

Stellarium is a free open source planetarium for your computer. It shows a realistic sky in 3D, just like what you see with the naked eye, binoculars or a telescope.

Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer.

The Royal Astronomical Society (RAS), encourages and promotes the study of astronomy, solar-system science, geophysics and closely related branches of science.

The UK Space Agency is at the heart of UK efforts to explore and benefit from space.

BBC Stargazing Live have put together a very useful star guide to help you spot constellations.