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Norwegian Night

Winter Auroras
Jan 15

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). ​

Mars Exploration (Perseverance)

Landing of Mars Rover Perseverance
Feb 18

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.

Exploration of Titan

Titan Discovery Day
Mar 25

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

Aurora

Spring Aurora Watch
Mar 31

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

Solar Eclipse

The Next Great Solar Eclipse (2024)
Apr 8

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

Distant Galaxy

the Hubble Telescope Launch (1990)
Apr 24

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

Arctic Twilight

Twilight Zone Day
May 11

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

Northern Lights

Skyglow Watching Days
May 14

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

Infra-Red

Astronomy Day (Spring)
May 15

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

New Star

Astronomy Day (Spring)
May 15

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'.

Star Trails

Astronomy Day (Spring)
May 15

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.

Sunspots

Astronomy Day (Spring)
May 15

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

Milky Way

Milky Way Viewing Season
May 21

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.

Full Moons

"Flower Moon" Eclipse (2021)
May 26

Designed by Carol A.L. Martin, this tartan was inspired by two full moons in 2009.

Umbra

Lunar Eclipse (2021)
May 26

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

Moon and Airless Bodies

Asteroid Day
Jun 30

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.

Lunar

Moon Landing
Jul 20

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.

NASA Apollo 11 Moon Landing and Moon Walk

Apollo 11 Moon Walk Day
Jul 20

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.

Comet

Comet Day (2061)
Jul 28

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

Twinkle

The Dog Days of Summer & Perseids
Aug 11

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

Dark Island (Black Moon)

Black Moon (2020)
Aug 18

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

Blue Moon (Hallowe'en)

Hallowe'en Blue Moon (2021)
Aug 22

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

Flare

The Carrington Event of 1859
Sep 2

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

Harvest Moon

Harvest Moon
Sep 20

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

Aurora Borealis

Fall Aurora Watch
Sep 30

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

Astrobiology

Astronomy Day (Fall)
Oct 9

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.

Seek the Peak - Mount Washington Observatory

Astronomy Day (Fall)
Oct 9

Sol

Last of Summer Days
Oct 15

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

Planetary Transit

Planetary Transit of Mercury (2019)
Nov 11

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

Black Hole

Black Hole Friday
Nov 26

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

Orion Nebula

Orion Nebula Day
Nov 26

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.

Mars Exploration

Red Planet Day
Nov 28

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.

Dark Sky

The Winter Solstice
Dec 21

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

Earthrise

The Earthrise Photo of 1968
Dec 24

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.

Moon Shadows

Full Moon (Cold Moon)
Dec 29

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

Aurora Borealis

Winter Auroras
Jan 15

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.

Mars

Landing of Mars Rover Perseverance
Feb 18

tracks from Curiosity Rover

Titan's phases

Titan Discovery Day
Mar 25

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.

Aurora on the Isle of Lewis

Spring Aurora Watch
Mar 31

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.

Partial Solar Eclipse

The Next Great Solar Eclipse (2024)
Apr 8

The great solar of eclipse of 2017, resulted in the moon's penumbral shadow yielding a partial eclipse visible from a large region covering most of North America.

Hubble Image

the Hubble Telescope Launch (1990)
Apr 24

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

Arctic Twilight

Twilight Zone Day
May 11

Arctic Islands Voyage

STEVE Skyglow

Skyglow Watching Days
May 14

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

Infra Red Photography

Astronomy Day (Spring)
May 15

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.

Serpens Cloud Core

Astronomy Day (Spring)
May 15

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.

Star trails

Astronomy Day (Spring)
May 15

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.