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An Astronomy Diary for April

Animation Credit: NASA MSFC

Some astronomy highlights for viewing during April

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

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

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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