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Enjoy this special selection of tartans!   

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Norwegian Night

This tartan was inspired by the Aurora Borealis in the night sky, frequently seen in Norway. The colours used are: red, blue and white from the Norwegian flag; yellow, white and black are for the Aurora Borealis in the night sky (polar light). ​

Winter Auroras
Jan 15

Umbra

Designed by Carol A.L. Martin, this tartan uses amongst shades of black, white, and gray, a special color called "eclipse"!

Lunar "Wolf Moon" Eclipse (2019)
Jan 20

Aurora

This tartan, by designer Carol A.L. Martin, exhibits the beautiful diverse hues of the northern lights.

Spring Aurora Watch
Mar 23

Exploration of Titan

The colours in this tartan specifically represent the organic compounds and chemical processes studied on Saturn's moon Titan.

Titan Discovery Day
Mar 25

Distant Galaxy

This tartan, designed by Carol A.L. Martin, was inspired by the images seen through the Hubble telescope.

the Hubble Telescope Launch (1990)
Apr 24

Milky Way

This tartan, designed by Carol A.L. Martin, represents a view of the Milky Way with the light bands showing the concentration of stars located in the direction of the galactic plane along with the dark regions in the Zone of Avoidance where the light is blocked by interstellar dust. The red lines represent the cosmological red shift, due to the expansion of the universe.

Milky Way Viewing Season
May 10

Arctic Twilight

This tartan, designed by MicJam represents the boundary between the light and the dark.

Twilight Zone Day
May 11

Infra-Red

This tartan, by designer Carol A.L. Martin, was designed to illustrate the long wavelengths beyond visible light such as thermal radiation.

Astronomy Day (Spring)
May 11

New Star

This tartan, designed by Carol A.L. Martin, references the colours of the birthplace of new stars, huge, cold clouds of gas and dust, known as 'nebulas'.

Astronomy Day (Spring)
May 11

Star Trails

This tartan, designed by Carol A.L. Martin, illustrates the long-exposure photography of stars as they appear to move across the sky, leaving colourful trails.

Astronomy Day (Spring)
May 11

Sunspots

This tartan, designed by Carol A.L. Martin, explores the variation of colours exhibited by the active sun.

Astronomy Day (Spring)
May 11

Northern Lights

This tartan, designed by Carol A.L. Martin, highlights the purple tones of the various forms of celestial phenomena.

Skyglow Watching Days
May 14

Blue Moon

This tartan was inspired by the shadows cast on the snow by the full moon.

Blue Moon (2019)
May 18

Lunar

This tartan's colours emphasize the black, brown and grey from the lunar rock brought back to earth by the Apollo missions and the red for the rocket flame.

Moon Landing
Jul 20

Moon and Airless Bodies

This tartan was designed to celebrate robotic and human science, exploration and outreach activities associated with the Moon or other airless bodies including asteroids, comets, Kuiper Belt Objects or other objects.

Moon Day
Jul 20

NASA Apollo 11 Moon Landing and Moon Walk

This tartan's colours emphasize the black, brown and grey from the lunar rock brought back to earth by the Apollo missions and the red for the rocket flame.

Apollo 11 Moon Walk Day
Jul 20

Comet

By designer Carol A.L. Martin, this tartans uses colours that represent a comet as it reaches perihelion in the night sky.

Comet Day (2061)
Jul 28

Twinkle

This tartan, by Carol A.L. Martin, represents a twinkling star in a dark night sky.

The Dog Days of Summer & Perseids
Aug 11

Dark Island (Black Moon)

The blackest of black tartans! Find out how the tartan pattern is created with a single colour!

Black Moon (2019)
Aug 30

Flare

This fiery tartan by designer Carol A.L. Martin, replicates the hot colors of the sun against the black of empty space.

The Carrington Event of 1859
Sep 2

Harvest Moon

By designer Carol A.L. Martin, this tartan was inspired by the colours of a bright Harvest Moon in the autumn night.

Harvest Moon
Sep 13

Aurora Borealis

This tartan, by designer Carol A.L. Martin, exhibits the beautiful diverse hues of the northern lights.

Fall Aurora Watch
Sep 30

Astrobiology

The tartan colours were chosen specifically for the field of Astrobiology, the branch of biology concerned with the study of life on earth and in space.

Astronomy Day (Fall)
Oct 13

Sundog

This tartan, designed by Carol A.L. Martin, is representative of the little colourful spots on either side of the sun on cold days in winter.

Astronomy Day (Fall)
Oct 13

Sol

By designer Carol A.L. Martin, this tartan reflects the muted yellows in autumn when the sun is low in the sky.

Indian Summer
Oct 15

Planetary Transit

Designed by Arpin Pierre for the last transit of Venus which occurred in June 2012.

Planetary Transit of Mercury (2019)
Nov 11

Orion Nebula

The colours in this tartan represent the beautiful spectrum of light emitted from the Orion nebula, one of the most beautiful astronomical objects easily visible in the night sky.

Orion Nebula Day
Nov 26

Mars Exploration

The colours of this tartan include a red background depicting the surface of Mars; blue depicts the water-rich past of Mars and the presence of water, mainly as ice, on the planet today; the four green lines represent Mars, the fourth planet from the Sun.

Red Planet Day
Nov 28

Black Hole

Designed by Carol A.L. Martin, this tartan is designed to reflect the fundamentals of our universe - galaxies, black holes and quasars.

Black Hole Friday
Nov 29

Moon Shadows

By designer Carol A.L. Martin, this tartan was inspired by the shadows of a full moon on a winter's night.

Full Moon (Cold Moon)
Dec 12

Solar Eclipse

The solar eclipse tartan, by designer Carol A.L. Martin, was inspired by the partial solar eclipse of Jan. 4th, 2011, seen across Europe.

The Next Great Solar Eclipse
Dec 20

Dark Sky

This tartan was designed by Dale Stevenson for the Dark Sky Observatory in Dalmellington using colours that reflect the night sky.

The Winter Solstice
Dec 21

Earthrise

This tartan commemorates the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 8 ‘Earthrise’ photograph, taken from lunar orbit by astronaut William Anders on 24th December 1968. The tartan celebrates this image which was declared ‘the most influential environmental photograph ever taken'. The geometry of the tartan depicts the Earth rising above the Moon's horizon. The numbers of threads of each colour have numerical significance. Colours: the colours represent the Earth, Space and the Moon.

The Earthrise Photo of 1968
Dec 24

Aurora Borealis

Auroras are produced when the magnetosphere is sufficiently disturbed by the solar wind, which carries charged particles mainly in the form of electrons and protons, and precipitates them into the upper atmosphere (thermosphere/exosphere), where their energy is lost.

Winter Auroras
Jan 15

The Earth's Umbra

This composite image uses successive pictures recorded during the eclipse from Athens, Greece to trace out a large part of the umbra's curved edge.

Lunar "Wolf Moon" Eclipse (2019)
Jan 20

Aurora on the Isle of Lewis

The aurora is caused by the interaction of solar wind - a stream of charged particles escaping the sun - and Earth's magnetic field and atmosphere.

Spring Aurora Watch
Mar 23

Titan's phases

Titan is the largest moon of Saturn. It is the only moon known to have a dense atmosphere, and the only object in space, other than Earth, where clear evidence of stable bodies of surface liquid has been found.

Titan Discovery Day
Mar 25

Hubble Image

A giant cluster of about 3000 stars called Westerlund 2. The cluster resides in a raucous stellar breeding ground known as Gum 29, located 20 000 light-years away in the constellation Carina - photo: NASA

the Hubble Telescope Launch (1990)
Apr 24

The Milky Way

In western culture, the name "Milky Way" for our view of our own galaxy is derived from its appearance as a dim un-resolved "milky" glowing band arching across the night sky. The term is a translation of the Classical Latin via lactea, in turn derived from the Hellenistic Greek for "milky circle". In Greek mythology, the Milky Way was supposedly made from the forceful suckling of Heracles, when Hera acted as a wet nurse for the hero.

Milky Way Viewing Season
May 10

Arctic Twilight

Photo by Josie Shields, at ECCC Lab in Alert, Nunavut the most northern permanently inhabited region on earth

Twilight Zone Day
May 11

Infra Red Photography

Long wavelengths, such as infra-red or radio waves can make it through the Earth's atmosphere without significant obstacles. In fact, radio telescopes can observe even on cloudy days.

Astronomy Day (Spring)
May 11

Serpens Cloud Core

According to our best available estimates, stars having about 90 percent of the sun's mass are just now starting to die in the globulars. These stars are most probably around 15 billion years old, but they could conceivably be as young as 12 billion years or as old as 18 billion years.

Astronomy Day (Spring)
May 11

Star trails

Photography by Lincoln Harrison - There are two methods popular with star photographers – using one very long exposure (long enough to register some noticeable star movement; at least 30 minutes) OR taking many shorter exposures and stacking those images in a way that shows sequential movement.

Astronomy Day (Spring)
May 11

Sunspots

Sunspots tend to appear in cycles of 11 years.  Sunspots sometimes erupt into powerful solar storms that shoot streams of charged particles into space, occasionally in the direction of Earth. Some powerful solar storms can bombard Earth's magnetic field and disrupt power grids or knock out satellites in orbit around the planet. ​

Astronomy Day (Spring)
May 11

STEVE Skyglow

Photo by Krista Trinder, showing the newly defined type of skyglow, created by the glowing of heated electrons entering the ionosphere.

Skyglow Watching Days
May 14

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