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An Astronomy Diary for January

Animation Credit: NASA MSFC

Some astronomy highlights for viewing during January

can be seen here...


What`s in the Shetland Sky in 2017?



Weather Today  Mossbank Shetland

                                                                             Live Video Stream and Weather Data


Some Suggestions for Binoculars


Free Online Courses

Courses in Astronomy, Physics, Astrobiology and more

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The Voice of Jupiter 2014

Our first attempt to record Jupiter`s radio emissions

on 20.1Mhz ( June 2014 ) Listen to the files here .


Meteor Shower Camelopardalids 2014

Did you know you can also listen to meteor showers ?

Plots and Audio samples from the Camelopardalids !


Preliminary Report

Hurlers Stone Circles Project - Cornwall

Original Hurlers Story Here !


News from Around the Web


Moon Express Team has gathered

funds for trip to the Moon

lunar X Prize Image

In a bid to claim $20 Million in prize money for landing

on the Moon, the US-based Moon Express team has

already built a lunar lander and booked space on an

experimental Electron rocket. Now, with sufficient

funds in place, the team will soon have a real chance

to launch its first record-breaking attempt


Remembering the Last Man on the Moon

Gene Cernan on the Moon

Image: NASA

Eugene Cernan, the commander of the Apollo 17 mission

and last astronaut to walk on the Moon, has died aged

82. "We leave as we came, and, God willing, we shall

return, with peace and hope for all mankind."

Cernan's words on leaving the Moon.

Read NASA's tribute here...


Bulge Seen in Venus' Atmosphere

Image: JAXA/Taguchi et. al., 2017

Astronomers are still trying to explain a massive  'bulge'

seen in the upper atmosphere of Venus. Their best

guess is that the 10,000 km structure was caused

by the largest gravity wave ever seen in the Solar

System - but only if gravity waves can form this high

in the atmosphere

Trump to scrap Nasa climate research

Image: NASA Scientific Visualization Studio

Trump announces plans to scrap Nasa climate research in

crackdown on ‘politicized science’. Funding will be used to

explore of deep space, with a goal of exploring the entire solar

system by the end of the century.

Gravitational Waves: Breakthrough

of 2016?

Dr. Kip Thorne of Caltech © Gary Cameron / Reuters


Summary: Some of the Best Astronomy

News from 2016

Recap of some of the best astronomy news in 2016...


Comet 45P Visible from New Years Eve

Comet 45P

Image: Comet 45P as it looked when it last passed Earth:  NASA / JPL

Comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova will be

visible in the night sky in January / February

2017. The comet is a regular visitor to the

inner solar system and was first discovered

in 1948. 47P is best viewed with binoculars

or a small telescope

NASA Favourite Photos of 2016

Image: NASA

See a selection of some of  NASA HQ's favourite

images from 2016


Purple Rocks on Mars

This new image from NASA's Mars Curiosity Rover

shows purple-coloured rocks on the surface of

lower Mount Sharp ( Mars )


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