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Permalink Venus moves across the Sun in this image captured by Japan's satellite Hinode, on June 6, 2012. One of the rarest astronomical events occurred yesterday, when Venus passed directly between the sun and Earth, a transit that won't occur again until 2117. (Reuters/JAXA)Gallery

Orkney looked out for Venus transit

Orkney looked out for Venus transit

Observers in Orkney and Shetland had the best opportunity to watch the Venue transit of June 2012, but the weather turned out to be too cloudy to see very much.

The Orcadian Sky Notes by […]

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An observatory in the Highlands

An observatory in the Highlands

Since June 2008, the Highlands Astronomical Society has been the proud owner of a state-of-the-art observatory located near the NTS Visitor Centre at Culloden Battlefield. Two of the Society’s Committee, chairman Arthur Milnes and […]

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Stones & Stars

Stones & Stars

he stone circles at Brodgar and Stenness form part of Orkney’s World Heritage archaeological area, and their alignmements to sun, moon and stars have been the subject of research and speculation for over a […]

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Ten years of Orkney Sky Notes

Ten years of Orkney Sky Notes

The Orcadian’s Orkney Sky Notes column is ten years old. The column, produced by Rousay astronomer John Vetterlein, has become not only an essential guide to the Orkney night sky but also an ideal […]