Guides & Activities

Astronomy resources for all


We have some great astronomy resources for you to download. Choose from a selection of guides, activity sheets and fun for kids.

Equipment Guides


Need help with your equipment? We have put together some useful guides to help you getting your equipment setup and finding objects in the skies.


Buying Your First Telescope
How to buy your first telescope. A guide sponsored by Celestron, a world renowned manufacturer and distributor of telescopes, binoculars, spotting scopes, microscopes and accessories. This handy guide provides answers to the most common questions, explains the main telescope types, descriptions of eyepieces and what you should look at first.

Setting up an EQ (Equatorial) Mount
This handy guide put together by Catherine Maryon explains what an equatorial mount is, how they work and how to setup a manual EQ mount with your telescope.

UK Astronomy Beginners Guide
A beginners guide put together by UK Astronomy from our own experiences in the hobby plus frequently asked questions from the facebook community.

Naked-Eye Astronomy
Another handy guide put together by Catherine Maryon which talks about getting started with naked-eye observation in the UK. Great for learning the basics of astronomy and how to recognise a few of the most well known objects in the sky.





Sky Guides


These guides are some of the cool things that UK Astronomy have found around certain constellations. So download these to your phone or iPad and take them with you on your stargazing adventures. They are a work in progress so we'll be adding to them regularly. Happy Hunting!


Monthly Sky Guide
A complete guide to the skies during the month of August 2021.

NASA Moon Journal
Spend the next month getting to know the Moon. Set aside some time each day to look at the Moon and record your observations.

Andromeda
The Andromeda Galaxy is also known as Messier 31, M31, or NGC 224 and originally the Andromeda Nebula.

Aquarius
Aquarius is a constellation of the zodiac, between Capricornus and Pisces. Its name is Latin for "water-carrier" or "cup-carrier". It was one of the 48 constellations listed by the 2nd century astronomer Ptolemy.

Aquila
Aquila is a constellation on the celestial equator. Its name is Latin for 'eagle' and it represents the bird that carried Zeus / Jupiter's thunderbolts in Greek-Roman mythology. Its brightest star, Altair, is one vertex of the Summer Triangle asterism.

Aries
Aries is one of the constellations of the zodiac. It is located in the Northern celestial hemisphere between Pisces to the west and Taurus to the east. The name Aries is Latin for "ram".

Camelopardalis
Camelopardalis is a large but faint constellation of the northern sky representing a giraffe.

Cancer
Cancer is one of the twelve constellations of the zodiac and is located in the Northern celestial hemisphere. Its name is Latin for "crab".

Canis Minor
Canis Minor is a small constellation in the northern celestial hemisphere. Its name is Latin for "lesser dog", in contrast to Canis Major, the "greater dog"; both figures are commonly represented as following the constellation of Orion the hunter.

Capricornus
Capricornus is one of the constellations of the zodiac. Its name is Latin for "horned goat" or "goat horn" or "having horns like a goat's", and it is commonly represented in the form of a sea goat: a mythical creature that is half goat, half fish.

Cassiopeia
Cassiopeia is a constellation in the northern sky, named after the vain queen Cassiopeia in Greek mythology.

Cepheus
Cepheus is a constellation in the northern sky, named after Cepheus, a king of Aethiopia in Greek mythology.

Coma Berenices
Coma Berenices is an ancient asterism in the northern sky. Its name means "Berenice's Hair" in Latin.

Corona Borealis
Corona Borealis is a small constellation in the Northern Celestial Hemisphere. Its Latin name, inspired by its shape, means "northern crown".

Cygnus
Cygnus is a northern constellation lying on the plane of the Milky Way. Its name is derived from the Latinized Greek word for "swan".

Delphinus
Delphinus is a small constellation in the Northern Celestial Hemisphere, close to the celestial equator. Its name is the Latin version for the Greek word for "dolphin".

Draco
Draco is a constellation in the far northern sky. Its name is Latin for dragon. Draco is circumpolar (that is, never setting), and can be seen all year from northern latitudes.

Equuleus
Equuleus is the second smallest of the modern constellations. Its name is Latin for "little horse".

Gemini
Gemini is one of the constellations of the zodiac and is located in the northern celestial hemisphere. Its name is Latin for twins, and it is associated with the twins Castor and Pollux in Greek mythology.

Hercules
Hercules is the fifth-largest of the modern constellations. It is named after the Roman mythological hero Hercules.

Lacerta
Lacerta is one of the 88 modern constellations defined by the International Astronomical Union. Its name is Latin for "lizard".

Leo
Leo is one of the constellations of the zodiac, lying between Cancer the crab to the west and Virgo the maiden to the east. It is located in the Northern celestial hemisphere. Its name is Latin for "lion".

Leo Minor
Leo Minor is a small and faint constellation in the northern celestial hemisphere. Its name is Latin for "the smaller lion", in contrast to Leo, the larger lion. It lies between the larger and more recognizable Ursa Major to the north and Leo to the south.

Lynx
Lynx is a constellation named after the animal, usually observed in the Northern Celestial Hemisphere. The orange giant Alpha Lyncis is the brightest star in the constellation, and the semiregular variable star Y Lyncis is a target for amateur astronomers.

Lyra
Lyra is a small constellation. It is sometimes referred to as Vultur Cadens or Aquila Cadens / "Falling Vulture" or "Falling Eagle".

It is also where the fictional character, Prot, is from in the film K-PAX.

Pegasus
Pegasus is a constellation in the northern sky, named after the winged horse Pegasus in Greek mythology.

Perseus
Perseus is a constellation in the northern sky, being named after the Greek mythological hero Perseus.

Pisces
Pisces is a constellation of the zodiac. Its name is the Latin plural for fish. It is between Aquarius, of similar size, to the southwest and Aries, which is smaller, to the east. The ecliptic and the celestial equator intersect within this constellation and in Virgo. This means the sun passes directly overhead of the equator, on average, at approximately this point in the sky, at the March equinox.

Sagitta
Sagitta is a dim but distinctive constellation in the northern sky. Its name is Latin for "arrow".

Scutum
Scutum is a small constellation. Its name is Latin for shield, and it was originally named Scutum Sobiescianum by Johannes Hevelius in 1684. It lies entirely in the southern celestial hemisphere and its four brightest stars form a narrow diamond shape.

Taurus
Taurus, Latin for "the Bull", is one of the constellations of the zodiac and is located in the Northern celestial hemisphere. It is one of the oldest constellations, dating back to at least the Early Bronze Age when it marked the location of the Sun during the spring equinox.

Triangulum
Triangulum is a small constellation in the northern sky. Its name is Latin for "triangle".

Ursa Major
Ursa Major also known as the Great Bear is a constellation in the northern sky, whose associated mythology likely dates back into prehistory. Its Latin name means "greater (or larger) she-bear".

Ursa Minor
Ursa Minor is a constellation in the Northern Sky. Its name is Latin for "Lesser Bear".

Vulpecula
Vulpecula is a faint constellation in the northern sky. Its name is Latin for "little fox".







Kids Activity Sheets


Some cool activities for the kids to do - from creating their own alien, to word searches and spot the difference. Open the images below, print them out and keep the kids entertained for half an hour or more.


My Favourite Planet

My Own Alien

My Own Constellation

My Own Planet

Meteors

Constellation

The Moon

Solar Observing

Star Wars

Halloween

Christmas

50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing

Moonday