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Astronomy Diary for June

Animation Credit: NASA MSFC

Some astronomy highlights for viewing during June

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

New Black Hole Found in Sagittarius

A Slice of Sagittarius: ESA/Hubble/NASA

Image credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA -  A slice of Sagittarius

An international team of astronomers led by

The University of Manchester have found

evidence of a new black hole in the Milky

Way, hidden in Sagittarius.


Cassini on Track for 'Grand Finale'

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Artist's concept of Cassini diving between Saturn and its innermost ring.

After passing close to Titan, a moon of Saturn,

the Cassini spacecraft has begun a series of

22 dives between the rings of Saturn itself.

Cassini will plunge into Saturn's atmosphere

later this year on 15 September. A wealth

of information on the Grand Finale and the

Cassini-Huygens mission is available from

NASA's news website here...


How to Make Bricks on Mars

Image credit: Jacobs School of Engineering/UC San Diego

Engineers at the University of California have

published a study on how astronauts could

create bricks purely from Martian soil. Their

method uses pressure to compact the soil:

no baking or extra ingredients necessary.


Mathematical Model for a Time Machine

Ben Tippett, a researcher at the University of

British Columbia, has created a formula to describe

a method of time travel. "People think of time travel

as something [from] fiction," says Tippett.

"And we tend to think it's not possible because we

don't actually do it. But, mathematically, it is


First Private Moon Landing in 2018 ?

Image credit: PTScientists

A group of European scientists are planning

to send a landing module and 2 rovers to the

Moon in 2018, launched aboard the SpaceX

Falcon 9 rocket. The mission plans to send

out two rovers to find NASA's moon buggy,

left behind on the final Apollo mission.


Three Comets in the April Sky !

Comet C/2017 E4 Lovejoy: Gerald Rhemann on 30/03/2017

With three comets visible in the night sky from

the UK, why not check out when and where

you can see them at www.cometwatch.co.uk?


Giant Space X Rocket is Re-usable

Image: Space X

Space X's Falcon Heavy Rocket, once operational,

will be the most powerful rocket in the world. It will

also be recoverable and reusable !


Cassini Prepares for Final Farewell

Cassini spacecraft

Image credit: NASA/JPL Artist concept of Cassini at Saturn

On Wednesday, April 26, the Cassini spacecraft will

begin a series of dives between Saturn and its rings

as part of the mission's grand finale. For more

details and guides, see NASA's mission page here..


Jupiter Photo Opportunity

Jupiter Close Up

Image: Hubble Telescope

This April, Jupiter is in opposition i.e.at its closest to

Earth at about about 670 million kilometres. The

hemisphere facing Earth is fully illuminated by the

Sun: an excellent photo opportunity for the

Hubble telescope


Mars Rover Tests in Atacama Desert

Rover in desert

Image credit: NASA/CampoAlto/V. Robles

Second Mars Rover test series is completed in possibly

the driest place on Earth, to approximate conditions on

Mars. The team spent a month collecting scientific data

on life found in the desert today.

Moon Enceladus May Have Liquid

Water Near Surface

Enceladus with fractures at the south polar region.

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

The bright, ice-covered Saturn moon should be too

small and too far from the Sun to be active. But

Enceladus is one of the most geothermally active

places in the Solar System.


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