About Derek Shirlaw

I'm passionate about science communication, social media, and my home country, Scotland. In particular, I have a real interest in astronomy, digital marketing, and the great outdoors.

Skywatching in July 2012

The constellations overhead from Glasgow, UK around midnight on 19 July 2012

July is a great time of year to watch the sky in the northern hemisphere. In this post, you can find out about the lunar phases, the planets, stars and some of the other things of interest in the sky this month.





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Skywatching in June 2012 is more than just about the transit of Venus. Honest!

Transit of Venus - Venus completely over the sun

Get ready for the astronomy highlight of the year and a rare, almost once-in-a-lifetime event – the transit of Venus is a must-witness skywatching experience.





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How do you know you’re getting your daily recommended nutrition from the food you eat?

Admit it! You don’t know what you’re eating! Okay, maybe that’s a little unfair. You probably know roughly what you’re consuming from meal to meal; maybe even looking at the ingredients on the back of the packet(!); but I’ll bet you don’t know the total breakdown of how much of each of the food groups you’re putting into your body and if that’s meeting the recommended daily amounts.





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How the sky looks in May 2012

The month of May brings with it increasingly longer hours of daylight which does make stargazing more tricky and for the real night owls amongst us who are prepared to stay up into the wee small hours; but there’s always something in the sky to more than justify the effort to look up regularly.





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Virgo – the constellation that signals the spring and fertility

The constellation of Virgo (animated)

When it comes to constellations, only one other occupies a larger area of our field of vision in the sky than that of the virgin goddess, Virgo (and that’s Hydra – the water snake). Let’s take a closer look then at this patch of our sky and unearth what it has to discover.





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