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An Astronomy Diary for October

Animation Credit: NASA MSFC

Some astronomy highlights for viewing during October

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


Open University Space Month

image: ESA  Schiaperelli probe seperation whilst approaching Mars

October 2016 is Open University's Space Month

culminating in the arrival of TGO at Mars and the

landing of Schiaperelli on 19th October


Schiaperelli Mars Landing Visualised

Visualisation of the ExoMars Schiaparelli module entering and descending

through the martian atmosphere (ESA)

ESA's robotic probe, Schiaperelli, is due to

separate from its orbiter this coming Sunday

and should land on Mars three days later

(19th October).  This would be Europe's first ever

successful landing on Mars. The probe will

monitor conditions on the surface and test

technology for ESA's ExoMars rover, which

is expected to launch in 2020.

Meanwhile, the Trace Gas Orbiter will 'sniff'

the planet's atmosphere for methane.


A detailed description of the mission is available

from ESA


Meteoroids Hit the Moon More Often

Than Thought

Bootprint on the Moon

Image: NASA   Buzz Aldrin's bootprint on the Moon - July 20, 1969.

Observations by NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance

Orbiter suggest that our Moon is bombarded by

more small meteoroids than predicted. This

means that any future lunar base will need to be

much sturdier than thought. Tracks left by

astronauts will be gone in tens of thousands of

years rather than millions...


Juno's Main Rocket Burn Delayed

Planet Jupiter

Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS

The main engine burn which was due to

change Juno's orbital period from 19 October

has been delayed. This will allow NASA to test

engine valves that were not performing

as expected.


Universe May have 2 Trillion Galaxies

Field of Galaxies

Image: Hubble Telescope

A new 'census' estimates that the observable

universe is home to about 2 trillion galaxies,

increasing the previous estimation by a factor of 10


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


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