Leonid Meteor Shower 2010
November 17, 2010 by staff
In a survey conducted by cottages4you, the UK Department of leading vacation rental of 40 per cent of people admitted they know little or nothing about the stars and the universe, and only half of us have been an observatory or looked through a telescope.
The results highlight the ignorance of the British public when it comes to most things astronomical with one person in five believes the man has ever walked on Mars. But most Britons recognize their weaknesses when it comes to the night sky with a huge 85 percent saying that learning about stars and our solar system should be taught in schools.
Cottages4you conducted research to support their growing number of vacation properties that are ideally placed to observe the stars. Becoming a popular pastime, cottages4you has many properties that have telescopes available on the site, or are in areas where the ideal characteristics for observing the night sky.
For those who want to improve their knowledge of astronomy, or who do not always know where to begin, now is the perfect time to renew your interest. 17 and 18 November 2010 astronomers will be able to enjoy the spectacle of the Leonid meteor shower. Although the shower should be visible from November 13 to 20, it is due to peak on the 17th and 18th, with an average of 40 meteors per hour during the first hours of the morning.
Steve Owens, astronomer and coordinator of the United Kingdom for the International Year of Astronomy 2009, joined cottages4you to help get the nation stargazing. He said: “Research conducted by cottages4you shows that if the British can not have extensive knowledge about the stars and the night sky, there are a desire to learn more.
“If you want to know more about the universe around us, or simply be aware of events to watch and enjoy the spectacular offerings of our night sky, star gazing is a winter activity and a great way to enjoy the long dark nights.
For those who plan on listening to the shower, Steve has put together some simple tips and easy on what to watch and what to take with you when you try to find a perfect place for stargazing.
The five main tips are:
1. Find a dark sky – try to get as far away as possible from the glare of streetlights and the glow of cities and towns
2. Dress warmly – hat, gloves, scarf, comfortable shoes and warm clothes are essential when observing stars in the UK
3. Bring a flashlight – preferably with a red filter on it (wrapped in cellophane on a flashlight normal is fine) to help you find your way without ruining your night vision.
4. Find a safe place to observe – a flat, even surface of the ground to avoid the mistakes that you are moving in the darkness, away from cars and traffic
5. Find clear horizons – make sure you get a good view in all directions, as you might want to see a planet as it sets in the west, a galaxy as it rises in the east, or nebula at its highest point due south
Geoff Cowley, CEO of cottages4you said: “The long dark nights mean it’s the perfect time of year to get the stars and with the Leonid shower this week and another scheduled for December, there is much to see. We have thousands of cottages throughout the UK, many located in rural areas with less light pollution and clear backgrounds country, the ideal conditions for exploring the natural beauty of our night sky. ”
Other research findings include:
• Only a quarter of people correctly identified that there are eight planets in the solar system – Pluto was declassified as a planet in 2006
• 7 percent of people thought that Love was a planet
• 75 percent of Britons could not identify the names of well-known constellation of stars
• Only 12 percent of people knew there are 88 constellations
Bryn Y Neuadd, Sarnau, nr. Ceredigion-ownership with the telescope
Property Reference: W42664
Located in a beautiful resort near Cardigan Bay, this property is a short distance from the breathtaking grandeur of the mountains Preseli. The hikes offer stunning landscapes and coastline, while the Ceredigion and North Pembrokeshire offers beach stretches along steep cliffs and small sandy coves. A wide variety of historical sites are also available nearby.
Price: £ 528 for seven nights self catering accommodation arriving fourth or December 11, 2010, sleeps 9-11 people (from £ 6.86 per person per night)
Lobster ponds, Helmsdale – property with the telescope
Property Reference: W41585
Located on the shore of this property is ideally located, enjoying a panoramic view of the seascape. The living room and large kitchen / dining room overlooking the bay, while a second lounge upstairs is built as an observatory, complete with a telescope and a balcony.
Miles from shore walks are accessible directly from the property. The unspoilt fishing village of Helmsdale has a port as well as restaurants and shops. The region is renowned for its pristine beaches, wild coasts and steep and traditional villages.
Price: £ 604 for seven nights self catering accommodation arriving 27th November 2010 or January 8, 2011, nine people with room sleeps three pets (from £ 9.59 per person per night)
South Bay Cottage, Saasaig, Teangue, Isle of Skye – property with the observatory
Property Reference: CHS
In a superb location at the southern end of Skye, this cottage fully modernized 150-year stands on the seafront overlooking the Sound of Sleat, a point highlighted as point of view traffic by Ordnance Survey. There are magnificent panoramic views northwards to Ben Screel, Knoydart and Loch Hourn, eastwards to Loch Nevis, and southwards to Ardmurchan Point. The holiday home stands in three acres of wild garden.
Price: £ 538 for seven nights self catering accommodation arriving fourth or December 11, or £ 386 for four nights arriving 6 or December 13. Sleeps six people with room for three pets (from £ 12.81pppn)
Whitelee Farm – Cottage Birch Byrness Village, nr. Property near Kielder Water Observatory – Otterburn
Property Reference: 15841
Relax amidst spectacular scenery and dramatic in this gloriously unspoilt part of Northumberland. Situated in the Northumberland National Park and enjoying panoramic views of Fell Whitelee National Nature Reserve, there is cameras wildlife that feed live images directly to the flat-screen TV in the house, and then you can watch barn owls, badgers and other wildlife. Newcastle and Edinburgh are easily accessible by car.
Price: £ 260 for seven nights self catering accommodation arriving fourth or December 11, or from £ 150 for two nights arriving at various dates in December. Can accommodate four people with room for three pets (from £ 9.29 per person per night)
Gardener’s Bothy, Glenprosen, by Kirriemuir, Angus – Property near Mills Observatory
Property Reference: SUU
At the heart of Glenprosen, one of the famous Glens of Angus is the Domaine Balnaboth. Within it, this character cottage offers a unique vacation spot for couples and magical. Enjoy the solitude of this beautiful valley – a peaceful, relaxing, and picturesque – a few minutes drive from the bustling market towns and lively fishing ports, and the city of Dundee, which offers many attractions for the whole family including the Mills Observatory is the only UK full-time public observatory with a resident astronomer.
Price: £ 275 for seven nights self catering accommodation arriving fourth or December 11, or £ 194 for four nights arriving 6 or December 13. For two people with room for a pet (from £ 19.64 per person per night)
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