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An Astronomy Diary for March
Animation Credit: NASA MSFC
Some astronomy highlights for viewing during March
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
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 !
Hurlers Stone Circles Project - Cornwall
Original Hurlers Story Here !
News from Around the Web
Mars Rover Tests in Atacama 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.
Astronomers Find 7 Earth-Sized planets
In Trappist - 1 System:
Three are in the Habitable Zone !
Northern Lights Fading From the UK?
Image: Chris Brown (Shetland)
Scientists at Reading University find that UK may
'lose' the Northern lights by the middle of this century
due to changes in solar activity. They predict that an
imminent 'solar minimum', which is part of the Sun's
natural cycle, will cause the Sun's 'atmosphere' to
shrink by a third. This would lessen Earth's protection
from cosmic rays and solar radiation and would also
reduce the solar wind which makes the northern
lights visible in areas outside Earth's polar regions
Chinese to Launch Lunar Sampling
Mission in November
China state media reports that a planned robotic
mission to return samples from the lunar surface
will launch in November. This would be the first
such mission in four decades. The mission will use
China's new heavy-lift Long March 5 rocket.
Oxygen from Earth Travels to the Moon
Analysis of data from the Japanese lunar orbiter Kaguya
suggests that oxygen is transferred from Earth to the
Moon for 5 days in every lunar month.
Astronauts' Brains Change Shape in Space
A new study by the University of Michigan reveals that
astronauts' brains compress and expand during space
missions. Findings may lead to new ways of thinking
about certain health conditions on Earth.
Moon Express Team gathers
funds for trip to the Moon
In a bid to claim $20 Million in prize money for landing
on the Moon, the US-based Moon Express team has
already built a lunar lander and booked space on an
experimental Electron rocket. Now, with sufficient
funds in place, the team will soon have a real chance
to launch its first record-breaking attempt
Remembering the Last Man on the Moon
Eugene Cernan, the commander of the Apollo 17 mission
and last astronaut to walk on the Moon, has died aged
82. "We leave as we came, and, God willing, we shall
return, with peace and hope for all mankind."
Cernan's words on leaving the Moon.
Read NASA's tribute here...
Bulge Seen in Venus' Atmosphere
Image: JAXA/Taguchi et. al., 2017
Astronomers are still trying to explain a massive 'bulge'
seen in the upper atmosphere of Venus. Their best
guess is that the 10,000 km structure was caused
by the largest gravity wave ever seen in the Solar
System - but only if gravity waves can form this high
in the atmosphere
Trump to scrap Nasa climate research
Image: NASA Scientific Visualization Studio
Trump announces plans to scrap Nasa climate research in
crackdown on ‘politicized science’. Funding will be used to
explore of deep space, with a goal of exploring the entire solar
system by the end of the century.
Gravitational Waves: Breakthrough
Dr. Kip Thorne of Caltech © Gary Cameron / Reuters
Summary: Some of the Best Astronomy
News from 2016
Recap of some of the best astronomy news in 2016...
Comet 45P Visible from New Years Eve
Image: Comet 45P as it looked when it last passed Earth: NASA / JPL
Comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova will be
visible in the night sky in January / February
2017. The comet is a regular visitor to the
inner solar system and was first discovered
in 1948. 47P is best viewed with binoculars
or a small telescope
See a selection of some of NASA HQ's favourite
images from 2016
Purple Rocks on Mars
This new image from NASA's Mars Curiosity Rover
shows purple-coloured rocks on the surface of
lower Mount Sharp ( Mars )
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