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Astronomy Diary for October

Animation Credit: NASA MSFC

Some astronomy highlights for viewing during 

October can be seen here...

 

What`s in the Shetland Sky in 2017?

  

                 

Weather Today  Mossbank Shetland

                                                                             Live Video Stream and Weather Data

 

Astro Imaging without a Telescope

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

Voyager Golden Record Finally

Available on Earth

Carl Sagan and the golden record

Carl Sagan and the golden record

The Golden Record is a 90-minute message

of goodwill from Earth to any extraterrestrials

who might find one of the two Voyager

spaceships. The brainchild of astronomer

Carl Sagan, the record contains engraved

sounds and images chosen to represent

the diversity of Earth. After a crowd funding

campaign, LP and CD versions will be

released for the first time by specially formed

'Ozma records'.The content includes opera,

rock 'n' roll, blues, classical music and field

recordings

 

Russia and USA to Build Moon

Space Station Together

image credit: NASA

Russian space agency Roscosmos has

announced it will be collaborating with

NASA to facilitate scientific missions

in the moon's orbit and to its surface.

The agencies "intend to develop

international technical standards which

will be used later, in particular to create

a space station in lunar orbit".

"Roscosmos and NASA have also

agreed on standards for a docking

unit of the future station.”

 

Weird Weather on Mercury

Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics

Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington

The planet Mercury has very little atmosphere,

but it does have a strange weather pattern:

morning micro-meteor showers

 

United Emirates Plans 'Mars City'

in Desert

Image credit: Dubai Media Office

The United Arab Emirates is constructing a

giant “space city” in the desert to simulate

conditions on Mars as realistically as possible.

The planned city will cover 1.9 million square

feet and will simulate conditions for a

settlement on the Red Planet.

You can learn more about other aspects of the

Emirates' Mars Mission here..

 

Webb Space Telescope Launch

Delayed Until 2019

Webb space Telescope

NASA has announced that the James

Webb space telescope will stay on Earth

for slightly longer than intended, to allow

more time for testing. The launch aboard

an Ariane V booster, was originally

scheduled for October 2018. The telescope

will now be launched sometime between

March and June 2019

 

Mars Rover Opportunity Prepares for

Winter Stopover

Image: NASA JPL

As Winter approaches, Opportunity searches

for a good place to rest, tilted towards the

Sun to and recharge its solar batteries

 

New Study of Variable Stars

in the Pleiades

Credit: NASA / Aarhus University / T. White

Scientists have used a new algorithm and

data from the Kepler space telescope for the

most detailed study to date of the Seven

Sisters star cluster (the Pleiades)

 

Cressida: Uranus Moon that Would Float

in a Gigantic Tub of Water

Image: Erich Karkoschka/Univ. of Arizona, Voyager 2, NASA

Astronomers at the University of Idaho

(Moscow) have calculated Cressida’s density

and mass using variations in an inner ring of

the planet as Uranus passed in front of a

distant star.

 

The Tail of the Disappearing Comet

Getting ready to count shooting stars this

Autumn? Want to read a clear explanation

of meteor showers in plain English? 

Pop over to the Universe Aware site for

a clear run down of the basic facts

... not just for children !

 

Download Free E-books from NASA

Image: NASA

Did you know you can download NASA ebooks

from their website. Books are in the categories

History, Aeronautics and Science. Apps, ringtones

and podcasts are also available.

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