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An Astronomy Diary for September

Animation Credit: NASA MSFC

Some astronomy highlights for viewing during September

can be seen here...


Transit of Mercury from Shetland

9th May 2016

Click here to see images of the transit of Mercury

as observed in Shetland.


What`s in the Shetland Sky in 2016?



Weather Today  Mossbank Shetland

                                                                             Live Video Stream and Weather Data


Some Suggestions for Binoculars


Free Online Courses

Courses in Astronomy, Physics, Astrobiology and more

starting soon


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


Rosetta - Says Goodbye

Rosetta sends final image 20m above her comet,

5 seconds before a controlled crash landing

which ends her 12 year mission


SpaceX Plans to Send Humans

to Mars 'Within Six Years'

Image: NASA. Twin peaks on Mars

SpaceX founder announces goal to 'make life

interplanetary' by 2022 and reveals plans for

reusable spaceship


Rosetta Grand Finale Announced

Image credit: ESA

ESA announces that Rosetta will descend to the

surface of its comet on 30 September to end its

mission. More details here...


China Opens World's Largest

Single-Dish Radio Telescope

The last panel of the Fast telescope installed in July. Photo: China Daily/Reuters


Possible Water Plumes on Europa

Composite images from the Hubble Space

Telescope show possible water vapor

erupting from the surface of Jupiter's moon




NASA's OSIRIS REx has launched successfully

and is heading towards a Near-Earth asteroid

(Bennu) where it will collect samples and

bring them back to Earth to study


Philae Lander Found!

Rosetta's high resolution camera has revealed

Philae's position on Comet 67P/Churyumov–

Gerasimenko: wedged in a dark crack. The site

has been named Abydos.


Space X Rocket Explodes

A SpaceX rocket has exploded on the launch

pad whilst test-firing ahead of its launch. The

blast shook buildings several miles away


Ceres Probably Has Ice Volcano

Ceres mountain Ahuna Mons. Image width is 30 kilometers.


Observations by NASA's Dawn spacecraft

observations indicate that "ice volcanoes"

have erupted on the dwarf planet in recent

times. Its crust is a mixture of ice and rock

never observed before


'Alien Signal' from Earth After All

RATAN-600 radio telescope in Northern Caucasus. Credit: SAO RAS.

Mysterious signal detected by Russian radio

telescope last year is 'most probably' of

terrestrial origin


Rosetta Captures Comet Outburst

Rosetta unexpectedly captured a comet

outburst, possibly triggered by a landslide.

Nine instruments, including cameras, dust

collectors, gas and plasma analysers, were

monitoring the comet at the time. Analysis

has reconstructed the chain of events


Juno Spaceprobe Completes First

Jupiter Flyby

Jupiter on August 27, when Juno was 437,000 miles (703,000 kilometers) away.

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS

Asteroid 2016 HO3:

A Near-Earth Companion

Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

A small asteroid has been discovered that has

been orbiting Earth for almost a century and

may remain our distant companion for

centuries to come


Farewell to Philae

image credit: ESA

The interface used to communicate between

Rosetta and Philae is switched off as Rosetta

nears the end of her mission

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