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Sandwick Junior High Funding Bid

to Build Community Observatory

Image: M Breimann

Sandwick Junior High School owns a 12” Dall Kirkham

telescope built by Lerwick amateur astronomer Billy Kay

in the 1960’s. A funding bid to the Jewsons Building

Better Communities fund has been launched, to enable

school and community to build a permanent dedicated

community observatory.

Click here for the Sandwick site.

Click here  to go to Jewsons Building Better Communities

site, where you can vote for the project.


Astronomy Diary for August

Some astronomy highlights for viewing during

August can be seen here...

What`s in the Shetland Sky in 2018 ?

Weather Today Mossbank Shetland

Live Video Stream and Weather Data

Astro Imaging without a Telescope


Some Suggestions for Binoculars


Free Online Courses

Free 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 !


Preliminary Report

Hurlers Stone Circles Project - Cornwall

Original Hurlers Story Here !


News from Around the Web

News from Shetland Space Centre

SSC and B2Space to work on feasibilty study

of using Unst as a launch location for the new

'Rockoon' satellite system

New Horizons Spacecraft Awakes

The New Horizons spacecraft is out of hibernation

to prepare for its January 2019 flyby of  MU69 in

the Kuiper Belt, nicknamed “Ultima Thule”.

It will be the furthest ever flyby from Earth and

follows its flyby of Pluto in 2015.

Observations from Earth show MU69 is red, 

30km in diameter and could either be two large,

connected sections  or a binary system.

Interestingly, from a local point of view,

interpretations of the ancient 'Ultima Thule'

place name include Orkney and Shetland.

Horizons Mission to ISS Begins

The mission which began on 8th June will see

German astronaut Alexander Gerst take over

as commander of the ISS, only the second

European to do so. Alexander will also be working

with robots to develop techniques required for

further human and robotic exploration of the

Solar System. Plans to build an international

gateway between the Moon and Earth are

to be discussed this month. Europe will supply

key parts such as a habitation module and a

service module for NASA’s Orion spacecraft.

NASA Launches TESS Satellite to Aid

Search for Exoplanets

image: NASA

In a bid to discover exoplanets in our 'solar

neighbourhood' the Transiting Exoplanet Survey

Satellite (TESS) will monitor more than 200,000

stars for temporary drops in brightness caused

by planetary transits. More information is available

on NASA's dedicate TESS site. There's also a

paper model to download.


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