The Morien Institute - The events of July 16th to 22nd 1994, when the remnants of a fragmenting comet, P/Shoemaker-Levy 9, bombarded the surface of Jupiter causing fireballs many times the size of our own planet, were an abrupt wake-up call even for those who were aware of them. The historical sciences generally, and archæology in particular, have collectively painted a picture of the past as if our planet stands alone in empty space. Nothing could be further from reality. Our resilient planet exists in a solar system that has experienced a very dynamic history over the past 20+ millennia, and it is only from this wider solar system perspective that the true history of human civilisation will ever be fully understood. The Morien Institute archive therefore contains relevant material from many disciplines.

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Skywatching Calendar October 01 to December 31 2019

text translation service for many worldwide languages

 

 

Skywatching Calendars for:

January - March 2019 | April - June 2019 | July - September 2019

 

 

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Safe SunWatching | Observing Eclipses Safely | Safely Viewing Sunspots
Safety In Sight | Solar and Heliospheric Observatory



Useful Websites for Skywatchers:

Theodore von Kármán Lecture Series

Space Weather Radio

NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day Archive 1995 to present

António Cidadão's Practical Advice for Astrophotography & CCD Imaging

Phil Plait's Bad Astronomy Website debunks astro-nonsense


As of October 01 2019
according to Near-Earth asteroid monitoring groups there were
2018
KNOWN Potentially Hazardous Asteroids
in Earth-crossing orbits


Why Does This Number Go Up, Then Sometimes Go Down?

Book an Educational Visit to the UK SpaceGuard Centre

The National Near Earth Objects Information Centre
is located in Knighton, Powys, LD7 1LW, Wales, United Kingdom

It is open for Public Tours (suitable for ages 9+), and also for
School Tours (suitable for primary & secondary schools)


They are are easily accessible - See Map and directions


Impact Craters on Earth, our Moon
and the other planets in our Solar System

USAF Archive of Fireball Data Releases

NASA JPL Asteroid Watch

The Longterm Impact Hazard to Earth

 

The 3,600 year-old Nebra Sky Disc

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Made of bronze, with gold decorations of the Sun, Moon and Pleiades
click the image to find out more

 

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SpaceWeather Information & Resources

Getting Ready for the Next Big Solar Storm

What is Heliophysics | NASA Living With a Star

NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center | The Australian Space Weather Agency

Space Weather Radio | ESA Space Environment Information System

Space weather influences on atmospheric electricity

Realtime Space Weather Photo Gallery

Realtime Comet Photo Gallery


a solar wind image link to the australian spaceweather agency home page

Heliophysics is a fast-developing scientific discipline that integrates studies of the Sun's variability,
the surrounding heliosphere, and the environment and climate of planets

Over the past few centuries, our understanding of how the Sun drives space weather and climate
on the Earth and other planets has advanced at an ever increasing rate

 

 

October 2019 Celestial Events & Space Research News

October 2019 SkyMaps & Sky Guides will not be available until October 1st

The Astronomy Picture of the Day feature will not be available until that date

It is updated daily using Universal Time (UT) which is the same as GMT


October 2019 - SkyMaps & Celestial Guides .....

BBC The Sky at Night - October 2019

Meteorite Times Magazine - October 2019 - available mid-October

At the start of October 2019 the Sunspot Number is 11


October 01 2019 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Asteroid 2019 SM8 encounter - miss distance 0.4 LD, size = 5 metres

Asteroid 2019 SE8 encounter - miss distance 2.8 LD, size = 15 metres

Apollo Asteroid 2018 FK5 Near-Earth Flyby (0.034 AU)

"This giant exoplanet shouldn’t exist, but it does"

"Medusa Merger: Hubble Captures Stunning Galaxy Collision"

"October 2019: Giant Planets & Bits of Comet"


October 02 2019 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Asteroid 2019 SD8 encounter - miss distance 1.4 LD, size = 12 metres

Aten Asteroid 2018 LG4 Near-Earth Flyby (0.035 AU)

Apollo Asteroid 2017 EY2 Near-Earth Flyby (0.098 AU)

"Hundreds of rogue planets could be discovered with upcoming space telescopes"

"Exotic Messenger Probes a Galaxy’s Outer Reaches"

"InSight Has Already Detected 21 Marsquakes"


October 03 2019 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Asteroid 2019 SP3 encounter - miss distance 1 LD, size = 20 metres

Asteroid 2019 TK encounter - miss distance 1.2 LD, size = 9 metres

"The Sky This Week centred on Australasia October 03 - October 10"

"Here’s NASA’s New Plan to Get InSight’s Temperature Probe Into Mars"

"Best Image Yet of the Cosmic Web"


October 04 2019 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Asteroid 2019 TX encounter - miss distance 1.3 LD, size = 7 metres

Apollo Asteroid 2016 HA Near-Earth Flyby (0.098 AU)

Comet 260P/McNaught - Closest Approach To Earth (0.562 AU)

"The Raw Materials for Amino Acids - Found in the Geysers Coming out of Enceladus"

"Astronomers Find Cyanide Gas in Interstellar Object 2I/Borisov"


 

October 05 2019 - 16:47 UT

First Lunar Quarter

 

October 05 2019 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Moon Occults Saturn

Aten Asteroid 2017 TJ4 Near-Earth Flyby (0.034 AU)

"Scientists say a super galaxy is hurtling towards the Milky Way and will destroy us all"


October 06 2019 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

"Stunning starry sky captured above national park"


October 07 2019 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Apollo Asteroid 2016 CW193 Near-Earth Flyby (0.081 AU)

Aten Asteroid 2014 AE29 - Near-Earth Flyby (0.099 AU)

Comet P/2006 R1 (Siding Spring) - At Opposition (0.894 AU

"20 new moons discovered orbiting Saturn"


October 08 2019 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Asteroid 2019 TM3 encounter - miss distance 1.3 LD, size = 12 metres

Asteroid 2019 TW1 encounter - miss distance 1.5 LD, size = 10 metres

Asteroid 2019 TJ5 encounter - miss distance 2.5 LD, size = 16 metres

Asteroid 2019 TC1 encounter - miss distance 3.5 LD, size = 12 metres

Mars Summer Solstice

"Saturn becomes 'true moon king' as scientists count 82 orbiting the planet"

"This lake on Mars was drying up 3.5 billion years ago"


October 09 2019 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Draconids Meteor Shower Peak

Asteroid 2019 SL7 encounter - miss distance 1.4 LD, size = 25 metres

"Power Grids and Satellites More at Risk from Extreme Solar Storms Than We Thought"

"Help Name Saturn’s 20 Newfound Moons"


 

October 10 2019 - 18:29 UT

Moon at Apogee
(furthest from the Earth = 405,902 km)

 

October 10 2019 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Southern Taurids (STA) Meteor Shower Peak

Comet P/2008 Y12 (SOHO) - Perihelion (0.066 AU)

Comet P/2006 R1 (Siding Spring) - Closest Approach To Earth (0.888 AU)

"The Sky This Week centred on Australasia October 10 - October 17"

"More Black Hole Mergers Found in LIGO Data"

"Lava Flows on Venus Suggest That the Planet Was Never Warm and Wet"


October 11 2019 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Asteroid 2019 TZ6 encounter - miss distance 1.4 LD, size = 11 metres

Amor Asteroid 477719 (2010 SG15) - Near-Earth Flyby (0.092 AU)

"Merging stars may create the universe's most powerful magnets"

"NASA Launches ICON to Explore Earth’s Ionosphere"

"This Dried Up Riverbed Shows that Water Once Flowed on the Surface of Mars"


October 12 2019 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day


 

October 13 2019 - 21:08 UT

Full Hunter's Moon

 

October 13 2019 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Asteroid 2019 TT1 encounter - miss distance 2.9 LD, size = 21 metres

"Diatomic Carbon Detected in Interstellar Comet 2I/Borisov"


October 14 2019 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Asteroid 2019 TA7 encounter - miss distance 3.9 LD, size = 20 metres

"Quakes reveal Mars has a unique interior"


October 15 2019 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Aten Asteroid 2018 PK21 Near-Earth Flyby (0.061 AU)

"Planet Sizes Matter for Habitability Too"


October 16 2019 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

"Jupiter shields Europa from cosmic rays that could erase evidence of life"

"Interstellar Comet Borisov 'Indistinguishable' from Solar System Comets"


October 17 2019 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

"The Sky This Week centred on Australasia October 17 - October 24"

"The Picture We’ve Been Waiting for. Hubble’s Photo of Interstellar Comet 2I/Borisov"

"Gas 'waterfalls' might be feeding atmospheres of young planets"


October 18 2019 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

"Ancient Middle Eastern astrologers recorded the oldest-known evidence of aurorae"


October 19 2019 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Asteroid 2019 TK5 encounter - miss distance 2.5 LD, size = 12 metres

"Comets and Interstellar Objects Could be Exporting Earth Life Out into the Milky Way"

"Ancient Middle Eastern astrologers recorded the oldest-known evidence of aurorae"

"The unlikely tale of the Murchison meteorite"


October 20 2019 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Mercury - At Its Greatest Eastern Elongation (25°) - as seen from Earth

Orionids Meteor Shower Peak

2019 Orionid Meteor Shower Overnight


 

October 21 2019 - 12:39 UT

Third Lunar Quarter

 

October 21 2019 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Orionids Meteor Shower Peak

Orionid meteor shower

2019 Orionid meteor shower - SkyMap for observers

Orionids Meteor Shower History & Observing SkyMaps

2019 Orionid Meteor Shower Overnight

Asteroid 2019 UE4 encounter - miss distance 1.1 LD, size = 11 metres


October 22 2019 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Asteroid 2019 UT5 encounter - miss distance 1.1 LD, size = 8 metres

Asteroid 2019 UT encounter - miss distance 2.4 LD, size = 9 metres

Asteroid 2019 UF5 encounter - miss distance 3.7 LD, size = 28 metres

Apollo Asteroid 2017 MN8 Near-Earth Flyby (0.093 AU)

Orionids Meteor Shower Peak - watch in the early hours before dawn


October 23 2019 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

"Did colliding space rocks change the climate for ancient humans?"


October 24 2019 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

"The Sky This Week centred on Australasia October 24 - October 31"

"'Potentially Hazardous' Asteroid Is Headed For Your Telescope"


October 25 2019 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Asteroid 2019 UO8 encounter - miss distance 0.4 LD, size = 5 metres

Asteroid 2019 UB6 encounter - miss distance 1.7 LD, size = 8 metres

Aten Asteroid 2017 TG5 Near-Earth Flyby (0.037 AU)

Apollo Asteroid 162082 (1998 HL1) - Near-Earth Flyby (0.042 AU)

"New Horizons Team Pieces Together the Best Images They Have of Pluto’s Far Side"


 

October 26 2019 - 10:41 UT

Moon at Perigee
(closest to the Earth = 361,316 km)

 

October 26 2019 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day


October 27 2019 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

European Summer Time Ends - Set Clock Back 1 Hour

Asteroid 2019 UY7 encounter - miss distance 1.4 LD, size = 12 metres

Asteroid 2019 UD7 encounter - miss distance 1.9 LD, size = 9 metres


 

October 28 2019 - 03:38 UT

New Moon

 

October 28 2019 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Daylight Saving Ends - Set Clock Back 1 Hour - Europe

Asteroid 2019 UM9 encounter - miss distance 3.2 LD, size = 13 metres

"Astronomers See the Wreckage from a Collision Between Exoplanets"


October 29 2019 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Asteroid 2019 UB8 encounter - miss distance 0.5 LD, size = 6 metres

Asteroid 2019 UC encounter - miss distance 2.9 LD, size = 51 metres

Asteroid 2019 UL5 encounter - miss distance 3.9 LD, size = 11 metres


October 30 2019 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Mercury Passes 2.7° From Venus - as seen from Earth

Aten Asteroid 2017 SE20 Near-Earth Flyby (0.074 AU)

"Clouds On Jupiter Rising Up Above the Surrounding Atmosphere"

"SOFIA Observes Planetary System Collision"


October 31 2019 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Asteroid 2019 UF9 encounter - miss distance 2 LD, size = 8 metres

Apollo Asteroid 2011 SE97 - Near-Earth Flyby (0.098 AU)

"The Sky This Week centred on Australasia October 31 - November 07"


 

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SpaceWeather Information & Resources

Getting Ready for the Next Big Solar Storm

What is Heliophysics | NASA Living With a Star

NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center | The Australian Space Weather Agency

Space Weather Radio | ESA Space Environment Information System

Space weather influences on atmospheric electricity

Realtime Space Weather Photo Gallery

Realtime Comet Photo Gallery


a solar wind image link to the australian spaceweather agency home page

Heliophysics is a fast-developing scientific discipline that integrates studies of the Sun's variability,
the surrounding heliosphere, and the environment and climate of planets

Over the past few centuries, our understanding of how the Sun drives space weather and climate
on the Earth and other planets has advanced at an ever increasing rate

 

 

November 2019 Celestial Events & Space Research News

November 2019 SkyMaps and Sky Guides NOT AVAILABLE UNTIL November 1st

November 2019 - SkyMaps & Celestial Guides .....

BBC The Sky at Night - November 2019

Meteorite Times Magazine - November 2019 - available mid-November

At the start of November 2019 the Sunspot Number is 0


November 01 2019 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Asteroid 2019 UG11 encounter - miss distance 0.5 LD, size = 17 metres

Apollo Asteroid 2014 UC192 Near-Earth Flyby (0.084 AU

"'All night star party': Mercury transit visible from NZ"

"'Asteroid Hygiea is Round Enough That it Could Qualify as a Dwarf Planet ... "


November 02 2019 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Asteroid 2019 VA encounter - miss distance 0.3 LD, size = 7 metres

Moon Occults Saturn

Daylight Saving - Set Clock Back 1 Hour - USA

"Water Detected in Interstellar Comet 2I/Borisov"


November 03 2019 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Asteroid 2019 UL8 encounter - miss distance 2.8 LD, size = 19 metres

Apollo Asteroid 2015 JD1 Near-Earth Flyby (0.033 AU)

"Mercury's sunrise transit a cosmic coincidence for NZ"


 

November 04 2019 - 10:23 UT

First Lunar Quarter

 

November 04 2019 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Asteroid 2019 VR encounter - miss distance 0.4 LD, size = 9 metres

Asteroid 2019 VD encounter - miss distance 0.5 LD, size = 12 metres

Daylight Saving Ends - Set Clock Back 1 Hour - USA

Southern Taurids meteor shower peak - overnight til dawn

"Our Guide to the November 11th, 2019 Transit of Mercury Across the Sun"


November 05 2019 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Asteroid 2019 VD3 encounter - miss distance 2.6 LD, size = 24 metres

Asteroid 2019 VU encounter - miss distance 2.7 LD, size = 12 metres


November 06 2019 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Asteroid 2019 VS4 encounter - miss distance 0.4 LD, size = 12 metres

Asteroid 2019 VR1 encounter - miss distance 2.9 LD, size = 14 metres

"New Research Suggests that the Universe is a Sphere and Not Flat After All"


 

November 07 2019 - 08:37 UT

Moon at Apogee
(furthest from the Earth = 405,060 km)

 

November 07 2019 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Asteroid 2019 UO7 encounter - miss distance 3.8 LD, size = 10 metres

"The Sky This Week centred on Australasia November 07 - November 14"

"Don’t Miss Monday’s Rare Transit of Mercury"


November 08 2019 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Asteroid 2019 UM12 encounter - miss distance 1.3 LD, size = 42 metres

"Get Ready for the Transit of Mercury"


November 09 2019 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Asteroid 2019 VB5 encounter - miss distance 0.4 LD, size = 2 metres

Asteroid 2019 VF5 encounter - miss distance 0.5 LD, size = 11 metres


November 10 2019 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

"Don’t Miss Monday’s Rare Transit of Mercury"


 

Transit of Mercury Across the Sun

LarryKoehn on Vimeo

 

November 11 2019 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Asteroid 2019 VN encounter - miss distance 3.1 LD, size = 36 metres

Asteroid 2019 VX2 encounter - miss distance 3.6 LD, size = 6 metres

Northern Taurids meteor shower peak - overnight til dawn

Transit of Mercury Across the Sun

2019 Transit of Mercury Across the Sun - 12:34 UTC (GMT) - 18:03 UTC (GMT)

The Transit of Mercury - global visibility chart

Apollo Asteroid 2005 WD Near-Earth Flyby (0.060 AU)


 

November 12 2019 - 13:34 UT

Full Beaver Moon

 

November 12 2019 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Northern Taurids (NTA) Meteor Shower Peak

Apollo Asteroid 2010 JG Near-Earth Flyby (0.050 AU)

Great Leonids Meteor Shower of 1833 - 186th Anniversary (1833)

"Mars 2020 Rover is Going to a Place on Mars That’s Perfect for Preserving Fossils"


November 13 2019 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Asteroid 2019 UN12 encounter - miss distance 3.8 LD, size = 146 metres

"Hypervelocity star ejected from centre of the Milky Way by supermassive black hole"

"Intense Meteor Outburst Expected from the Alpha Monocerotids"


November 14 2019 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Comet 114P/Wiseman-Skiff - At Opposition (0.760 AU)

"The Sky This Week centred on Australasia November 14 - November 21"

"Molecular Oxygen on Mars is Behaving Unusually Through the Seasons. A Sign of Life?"


November 15 2019 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

"Hayabusa 2 Leaves Asteroid Ryugu and Heads Home"

"Stingray Glider to Explore the Cloudtops of Venus"


November 16 2019 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Leonids Meteor Shower peak - overnight til dawn


November 17 2019 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Leonids Meteor Shower Peak

2019 Leonids Meteor Shower

SkyMap for the 2019 Leonids Meteor Shower


November 18 2019 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

2019 Leonids Meteor Shower peak - best observations 05:00-06:30 am UTC

"Astronomers catch water erupting from plumes on Jupiter’s icy moon Europa"

"First Global Geological Map of Saturn’s Moon Titan Released"


 

November 19 2019 - 21:11 UT

Third Lunar Quarter

 

November 19 2019 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Asteroid 2019 WH encounter - miss distance 0.2 LD, size = 21 metres

"A weird, orbital dance keeps these moons of Neptune safely on track"


November 20 2019 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Asteroid 2019 WF encounter - miss distance 1.6 LD, size = 14 metres

Asteroid 2019 WE encounter - miss distance 3.3 LD, size = 16 metres

"Intense Meteor Outburst Expected from the Alpha Monocerotids"


November 21 2019 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Aten Asteroid 481394 (2006 SF6) Near-Earth Flyby (0.029 AU)

Apollo Asteroid 2011 UB Near-Earth Flyby (0.088 AU)

Comet 260P/McNaught - At Opposition (0.708 AU)

"A Possible Outburst of alpha Monocerotid Meteors"

"The Sky This Week centred on Australasia November 21 - November 28"

"SkyMap for alpha Monocerotid Meteors"


November 22 2019 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Aten Asteroid 1994 WR12 Near-Earth Flyby (0.074 AU)

"Meteor Shower Was a Dud, But Showing Up Was Half the Fun"

"Astronomers look inside meteorites and find the sugars needed for life"


 

November 23 2019 - 07:54 UT

Moon at Perigee
(closest to the Earth = 366,721 km)

 

November 23 2019 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Apollo Asteroid 2008 EA9 Near-Earth Flyby (0.027 AU)

"Using Bacteria to Build a Base on Mars"


November 24 2019 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Venus Passes 1.4° From Jupiter - as seen from Earth


November 25 2019 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day


 

November 26 2019 - 16:06 UT

New Moon

 

November 26 2019 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

"Earth may have recently destroyed one of its own minimoons"

"Finally! Scientists Find a Place on Earth with Liquid Water But No Life"

"Jupiter's Great Red Spot may not be disappearing"


November 27 2019 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

"NASA Supercomputer Simulates the Weather on Mars"


November 28 2019 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Mercury - At Its Greatest Western Elongation (20°) - as seen from Earth

Moon Occults Jupiter

"The Sky This Week centred on Australasia November 28 - December 05"


November 29 2019 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Moon Occults Saturn

"Interstellar Comet Borisov is About to Make its Closest Approach to Earth"


November 30 2019 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Asteroid 2019 WJ4 encounter - miss distance 0.9 LD, size = 8 metres


 

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SpaceWeather Information & Resources

Getting Ready for the Next Big Solar Storm

What is Heliophysics | NASA Living With a Star

NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center | The Australian Space Weather Agency

Space Weather Radio | ESA Space Environment Information System

Space weather influences on atmospheric electricity

Realtime Space Weather Photo Gallery

Realtime Comet Photo Gallery


a solar wind image link to the australian spaceweather agency home page

Heliophysics is a fast-developing scientific discipline that integrates studies of the Sun's variability,
the surrounding heliosphere, and the environment and climate of planets

Over the past few centuries, our understanding of how the Sun drives space weather and climate
on the Earth and other planets has advanced at an ever increasing rate

 

 

December 2019 Celestial Events & Space Research News

December 2019 - SkyMaps & Celestial Guides .....

BBC The Sky at Night - December 2019

Meteorite Times Magazine - December 2019 - available mid-December

At the start of November 2019 the Sunspot Number is 0


December 01 2019 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Asteroid 2019 WH2 encounter - miss distance 3.4 LD, size = 14 metres


December 02 2019 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Asteroid 2019 XH2 encounter - miss distance 3.3 LD, size = 6 metres

"West Australian telescope finds 9,000-year-old supernova remnant"

"The First Interstellar Comet Could Disintegrate When it Gets Close to the Sun"


December 03 2019 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Apollo Asteroid 2017 AP4 Near-Earth Flyby (0.022 AU)


 

December 04 2019 - 06:58 UT

First Lunar Quarter

 

December 04 2019 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Asteroid 2019 XF2 encounter - miss distance 1.3 LD, size = 14 metres

Asteroid 2019 XR1 encounter - miss distance 1.4 LD, size = 22 metres

Comet 114P/Wiseman-Skiff - Closest Approach To Earth (0.723 AU)


 

December 05 2019 - 04:09 UT

Moon at Apogee
(furthest from the Earth = 404,447 km)

 

December 05 2019 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

"The Sky This Week centred on Australasia December 05 - December 12"

"Asteroid Bennu’s Activity Still a Mystery"

"A Microorganism With a Taste for Meteorites Could Help us Understand the Formation of Life on Earth"


December 06 2019 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Asteroid 2019 XN encounter - miss distance 2.4 LD, size = 10 metres

"It’s Time to Decide. Where Should OSIRIS-REx Take a Sample from Bennu?"


December 07 2019 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day


December 08 2019 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Apollo Asteroid 2015 XN55 Near-Earth Flyby (0.059 AU)


December 09 2019 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Asteroid 2019 XY encounter - miss distance 3.2 LD, size = 9 metres


December 10 2019 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Apollo Asteroid 2011 WN15 Near-Earth Flyby (0.058 AU)


December 11 2019 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Venus Passes 1.8° From Saturn - as seen from Earth


 

December 12 2019 - 05:12 UT

Full Long Nights Moon

 

December 12 2019 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Apollo Asteroid 2015 XX169 Near-Earth Flyby (0.071 AU)


December 13 2019 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

2019 Geminids Meteor Shower - overnight til dawn

Geminids Meteor Shower Peak - overnight til dawn

Apollo Asteroid 2010 VC140 Near-Earth Flyby (0.081 AU)


December 14 2019 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day


December 15 2019 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day


December 16 2019 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Aten Asteroid 264357 (2000 AZ93) Near-Earth Flyby (0.057 AU)


December 17 2019 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Aten Asteroid 2011 YD29 Near-Earth Flyby (0.084 AU)


 

December 18 2019 - 20:30 UT

Moon at Perigee
(closest to the Earth = 370,260 km) M

 

December 18 2019 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

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December 19 2019 - 04:57 UT

Third Lunar Quarter

 

December 19 2019 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

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December 20 2019 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

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Apollo Asteroid 216258 (2006 WH1) Near-Earth Flyby (0.039 AU)


December 21 2019 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

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Apollo Asteroid 2013 XY20 Near-Earth Flyby (0.047 AU)

Comet 289P/Blanpain - Perihelion (0.959 AU)


 

December 22 2019 - 04:19 UT

Alban Arthan
Winter Solstice

 

December 22 2019 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

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Ursids Meteor Shower Peak

Apollo Asteroid 2017 XQ60 Near-Earth Flyby (0.028 AU)


December 23 2019 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

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December 24 2019 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

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Apollo Asteroid 418849 (2008 WM64) Near-Earth Flyby (0.079 AU)


December 25 2019 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

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December 26 2019 - 05:13 UT

New Moon

December 26 2019 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Annular Solar Eclipse - visible over Southeast Asia & Northern Australia

Aten Asteroid 310442 (2000 CH59) Near-Earth Flyby (0.049 AU)


December 27 2019 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

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December 28 2019 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

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December 29 2019 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

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Moon Occults Venus


December 30 2019 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

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Comet 76P/West-Kohoutek-Ikemura - Closest Approach To Earth (0.950 AU)

Apollo Asteroid 2018 BR1 Near-Earth Flyby (0.062 AU)


December 31 2019 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day


 

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"A Sumerian Observation of the Kofels' Impact Event"
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"History of Astronomy"
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"Astronomy
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"Life in the Universe:
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"An excellent introduction into the newly emerging and exciting field of astrobiology. An essential, enjoyable and highly readable insight into life in its cosmic context."


"Planets and Life: The Emerging Science of Astrobiology"
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"Astrobiology involves the study of the origin and history of life on Earth, planets and moons where life November have arisen, and the search for extraterrestrial life. It combines the sciences of biology, chemistry, palaeontology, geology, planetary physics and astronomy. This textbook brings together world experts in each of these disciplines to provide the most comprehensive coverage of the field currently available."


"Complete Course in Astrobiology"
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"This up-to-date resource is based on lectures developed by experts in the relevant fields and carefully edited by the leading astrobiologists within the European community. Aimed at graduate students in physics, astronomy and biology and their lecturers, the text begins with a general introduction to astrobiology, followed by sections on basic prebiotic chemistry, extremophiles, and habitability in our solar system and beyond."


"Astrochemistry: From Astronomy
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"The dynamic field of astrochemistry brings together ideas of physics, astrophysics, biology and chemistry to the study of molecules between stars, around stars and on planets. Astrochemistry: from Astronomy to Astrobiology provides a clear and concise introduction to this rapidly evolving multidisciplinary subject. Starting with the Molecular Universe, the text covers the formation of the elements, simple models of stars and their classification. It then moves on to draw on the theme of the Origins of Life to study interstellar chemistry, meteorite and comet chemistry as well as the chemistry of planets."


"Fitness of the Cosmos for Life: Biochemistry and Fine-Tuning"
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John Barrow
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Simon Conway Morris
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"This highly interdisciplinary book highlights many of the ways in which chemistry plays a crucial role in making life an evolutionary possibility in the universe. Cosmologists and particle physicists have often explored how the observed laws and constants of nature lie within a narrow range that allows complexity and life to evolve and adapt. Here, these anthropic considerations are diversified in a host of new ways to identify the most sensitive features of biochemistry and astrobiology. Celebrating the classic 1913 work of Lawrence J. Henderson, The Fitness of the Environment for Life, this book looks at the delicate balance between chemistry and the ambient conditions in the universe that permit complex chemical networks and structures to exist."


"Astrobiology:
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"Astrobiology: A Multidisciplinary Approach is the most comprehensive textbook available for emerging upper-level courses in astrobiology. Internationally renowned authority Jonathan Lunine gives students with a variety of backgrounds a solid foundation in the essential concepts of physics, chemistry, biology, and other relevant sciences to help them achieve a well-rounded understanding of the fascinating study of the origin of life, planetary evolution, and life in the cosmos."


"Comets: A Chronological History of Observation, Science, Myth
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"A Little History of
Astro-Archaeology:
Stages in the Transformation
of a Heresy"

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John Michell

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"Stonehenge today is a battlefield, not only for police and festivalgoers at midsummer but also for rival camps of archaeologists, astronomers, and other researchers into the mysteries of prehistoric religion and science. Controversy flared up in 1963, when Gerald Hawkins made early use of the computer to identify Stonehenge as an observatory for the sun and moon and an instrument for predicting eclipses. Further studies of megalithic sites by Alexander Thom proved that many of them were also related to the seasonal positions of the heavenly bodies.

The study of astro-archaeology has now expanded worldwide, bringing new revelations about the mystical sciences of antiquity. This "little history" summarizes the issues involved in astro-archaeology, and illustrates its principal sites and personalities. Included are recent findings of British scientists, whose records of anomalous levels of natural energies at stone circles are in accordance with the magical reputations of such places in local folklore."


"Star Mounds: Legacy of
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"Solar System Maps:
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"Beyond the Blue Horizon:
Myths and Legends of the Sun,
Moon, Stars, and Planets"

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"The Culture of Astronomy:
Origin of Number, Geometry,
Science, Law, and Religion"

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Thomas Karl Dietrich

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"Astronomy & Maths in
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Christopher Cullen

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"Celestial Geometry:
Understanding the
Astronomical Meanings
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Ken Taylor

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"Philip's Glow-in-the-Dark Planisphere:
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British Isles, Northern Europe, Northern USA and Canada"

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"The 2300 BC Event - Vol. 1:
Archaeology and Geophysics
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M. M. Mandelkehr

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"The 2300 BC Event takes a new look at an old puzzle: what happened
at this date to cause the various advanced societies on the Earth to simultaneously collapse?

Civilizations in Anatolia and Greece, through Egypt and the Middle East, and eastward to India and Central Asia were at their height. The collapse of these civilizations due to earthquakes and climatic changes has been mirrored by similar interruptions on all continents, in the Arctic, and extending to the Pacific.

The discontinuities have long puzzled archaeologists and historians. New religions and accompanying mythologies appeared at this time in all cultural regions describing bombardment and flooding from the skies.

Strangely, the dominant aspect of the mythologies, however, is the observation and worship of a ring appearing to surround the Earth, oriented to the two Ursa (Bear) constellations."

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"The 2300 BC Event Vol. 2:
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The Eyewitness Accounts"


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"Some time around 2300 BC the Earth encountered a dense clustering of space debris, the early Southern & Northern Taurid meteoroid stream. The result was an intense fall of meteoroids, some of them sufficiently large to cause surface destruction.

Simultaneous with the meteoroid fall was a huge downpouring of water which caused flash flooding. Extensive destruction and loss of life resulted. An astonishing aspect of the event was the formation of a ring surrounding the Earth, reflecting sunlight during the day, hiding some stars at night, and moving around the sky through a 24-hour period.

Following the 'main event', there were crustal movements which shifted the location of water sources, and caused earthquakes which destroyed settlements. Abrupt severe climate changes occurred."

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"The 2300 BC Event Vol. 3:
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