The Morien Institute - The events of December 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 to 30 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.

an image of a meteor flashing through the sky

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Skywatching Calendar April 01 to June 30 2018

text translation service for many worldwide languages

 

Skywatching Calendars for:
January - March 2018 | July - September 2018 | October - December 2018

 



For Your Safety When Daytime Skywatching Please Visit These Websites:

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 1996 to present

António Cidadão's Practical Advice for Astrophotography & CCD Imaging

Phil Plait's Bad Astronomy Website debunks astro-nonsense

How do I translate Universal Time into my time?


As of May 24 2018
according to Near-Earth asteroid monitoring groups there were
1912
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

an image of the Nebra Sky Disc which is a clickable image link to a book about it from amazon
Made of bronze, with gold decorations of the Sun, Moon and Pleiades
click the image to find out more

 

 

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For Your Computer

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What is Heliophysics | NASA Living With a Star | Heliophysics Summer School

NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center | The Australian Space Weather Agency

Space Weather Radio | ESA Space Environment Information System

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

 

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April 2018 Celestial Events & Space Research News

April 2018 SkyMaps & Sky Guides will not be available until April 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


April 2018 - SkyMaps & Celestial Guides .....

BBC The Sky at Night - April 2018

Meteorite Times Magazine - April 2018 - usually up online the middle of the month

Radio Jove - Solar & Planetary Radio Astronomy for Schools

Which stars were you REALLY born under? - Find your ASTRONOMICAL STAR SIGN

At the start of April 2018 the Sunspot Number is 12


April 01 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Apollo Asteroid 2007 RX8 - Near-Earth Flyby (0.085 AU)

"Goss: Look north for the sky’s most misunderstood star"

"April skies Astronomy Corner by Dave Powell of Barry Astronomical Society"

"Martian moons appear in motion"


April 02 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Mars Passes 1.3° From Saturn - as seen from Earth

Asteroid 2004 FG29 encounter - miss distance 4 LD, size = 22 metres

Aten Asteroid 2004 FG29 - Near-Earth Flyby (0.010 AU)

Comet 73P-S/Schwassmann-Wachmann - Closest Approach To Earth (1.178 AU)

"‘I think that in this century we are going to be finding life beyond Earth’"

"China says space station re-enters atmosphere over South Pacific"


April 03 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

"Storm hunter launched to International Space Station"

"The cat in Orion – or was it a fox?"


April 04 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

"Comet provides rare chance to study Solar System’s origins"

"NASA’s next exoplanet hunter will seek worlds close to home"


April 05 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

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

"'Fast Supernovae' Begin to Reveal Their Secrets"

"Hubble uncovers the farthest star ever seen"


April 06 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day

"X-rays may sterilize otherwise habitable exoplanets"


April 07 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Comet P/2005 JN (Spacewatch) - Closest Approach To Earth (1.410 AU)


 

April 08 2018 - 07:17 UT

Third Lunar Quarter

 

an image of a meteor flashing through the sky

 

April 08 2018 - 05:32 UT

Moon at Apogee
(furthest from the Earth = 404,145 km) m

 

April 08 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

"Cloudy Venus"


April 09 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Asteroid 2018 GN encounter - miss distance 1.1 LD, size = 20 metres

"A Magnetar Just Woke Up After Three Years of Silence"

"ExoMars poised to start science mission"


April 10 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Asteroid 2018 GY3 encounter - miss distance 0.8 LD, size = 11 metres

Asteroid 2018 GE2 encounter - miss distance 1.4 LD, size = 15 metres

"Magnetic lithosphere detailed"


April 11 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Asteroid 2018 GG encounter - miss distance 4.7 LD, size = 43 metres

Apollo Asteroid 2008 GY21 - Near-Earth Flyby (0.026 AU)

Comet 143P/Kowal-Mrkos - Closest Approach To Earth (1.541 AU)

"How gravitational waves could solve some of the Universe’s deepest mysteries"

"How gravitational waves might help fundamental cosmology"

"Juno peers beneath Jupiter’s cloud tops, revealing unexpected wonders"


April 12 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Asteroid 2018 GD2 encounter - miss distance 0.8 LD, size = 5 metres

"The Sky This Week centred on Australasia April 12 - April 19"

Apollo Asteroid 363599 (2004 FG11) - Near-Earth Flyby (0.049 AU)

"Mars impact crater or supervolcano?"


April 13 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Asteroid 2018 GP encounter - miss distance 4.4 LD, size = 14 metres

Asteroid 2018 GV1 encounter - miss distance 4.8 LD, size = 12 metres

Aten Asteroid 2005 GZ128 - Near-Earth Flyby (0.074 AU)

Apollo Asteroid 2013 GF84 - Near-Earth Flyby (0.077 AU)

Comet 105P/Singer Brewster - Closest Approach To Earth (1.254 AU)

"Swarm turns to whistlers and storms"


April 14 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Asteroid 2018 GD5 encounter - miss distance 3.6 LD, size = 10 metres

Aten Asteroid 2014 UR Near-Earth Flyby (0.024 AU)


April 15 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Asteroid 2018 GE3 encounter - miss distance 0.5 LD, size = 61 metres

Apollo Asteroid 2016 GB222 Near-Earth Flyby (0.074 AU)

Comet 30P/Reinmuth - Closest Approach To Earth (1.769 AU)

"NASA's new planet hunter will search for alien worlds around our nearest stars"


 

April 16 2018 - 01:57 UT

New Moon

 

April 16 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

As of today there are 1907 known Potentially Hazardous Asteroids (PHA)

"Could We Detect an Ancient Industrial Civilization in the Geological Record?"

"Radar echoes [from Mars]"


April 17 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

"Meteoric Diamonds Are Evidence of Long Lost Planets"


April 18 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

"Where is the Universes missing matter?"


April 19 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Apollo Asteroid 2014 JG15 Near-Earth Flyby (0.050 AU)

Apollo Asteroid 2015 HD10 Near-Earth Flyby (0.098 AU)

"The Sky This Week centred on Australasia April 19 - April 26"

"Hubble's 28th birthday picture: The Lagoon Nebula"


 

April 20 2018 - 14:44 UT

Moon at Perigee
(closest to the Earth = 368,713 km)

 

April 20 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Aten Asteroid 2016 JP Near-Earth Flyby (0.031 AU)

Apollo Asteroid 2010 JO33 - Near-Earth Flyby (0.060 AU)


April 21 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Comet 24P/Schaumasse - Closest Approach To Earth (1.333 AU)


 

April 22 2018 - 21:46 UT

First Lunar Quarter

 

April 22 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Lyrids Meteor Shower Peak


April 23 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Aten Asteroid 2012 XL16 - Near-Earth Flyby (0.041 AU)

Aten Asteroid 2017 HF1 Near-Earth Flyby (0.061 AU)

Apollo Asteroid 2015 XF352 Near-Earth Flyby (0.090 AU)


April 24 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Comet 300P/Catalina - Closest Approach To Earth (1.563 AU)

"The Sky This Week centred on Australasia April 26 - May 03"


April 25 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day

Comet 169P/NEAT - Closest Approach To Earth (1.604 AU)

"Gaia Maps 1.7 Billion Stars, Widens Cosmic Census"

"Mud Cracks on Mars Reveal Lake’s History"


April 26 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Amor Asteroid 450648 (2006 UC63) - Near-Earth Flyby (0.082 AU)

"14 Galaxies Might Become Universe’s Most Massive Structure"

"Mars quakes set to reveal tantalizing clues to planet’s early years"


April 27 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Apollo Asteroid 444193 (2005 SE71) - Near-Earth Flyby (0.062 AU)

Amor Asteroid 194126 (2001 SG276) - Near-Earth Flyby (0.084 AU)

"The Milky Way’s supermassive black hole may have a dozen nomadic siblings"

"A New Supernova Over Munich"


April 28 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day


April 29 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Mercury - At Its Greatest Western Elongation (27°) - as seen from Earth

Apollo Asteroid 2013 US3 - Near-Earth Flyby (0.026 AU)

Aten Asteroid 2002 JR100 - Near-Earth Flyby (0.028 AU)


 

April 30 2018 - 00:58 UT

Full Pink Moon

 

April 30 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Comet 169P/NEAT - Perihelion (0.604 AU)

"InSight spacecraft will soon peer deep into the interior of Mars"

"Tour May’s Sky: Venus Welcomes Jupiter"


 

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Getting Ready for the Next Big Solar Storm

What is Heliophysics | NASA Living With a Star | Heliophysics Summer School

NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center | The Australian Space Weather Agency

Space Weather Radio | ESA Space Environment Information System

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

 

CURRENT MOON

 

May 2018 Celestial Events & Space Research News

May 2018 SkyMaps & Sky Guides NOT AVAILABLE UNTIL May 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


May 2018 - SkyMaps & Celestial Guides .....

BBC The Sky at Night - May 2018

Meteorite Times Magazine - May 2018 - usually up online the middle of the month

Radio Jove - Solar & Planetary Radio Astronomy for Schools

At the start of May 2018 the Sunspot Number is 0


May 01 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Comet P/2011 CR42 (Catalina) - Closest Approach To Earth (1.537 AU)

"NASA satellite duo will track Earth’s distribution of water and ice"

"Dwarf Nova V392 Persei Goes Big — It’s Now Binocular Bright"


May 02 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

"CryoSat reveals retreat of Patagonian glaciers"

"Helium discovered in the tail of an exoplanet"

"Do Big Black Holes Wander the Galaxy?"


May 03 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Amor Asteroid 2015 JP Near-Earth Flyby (0.097 AU)

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

"Challenges of space debris tackled by university students in pioneering new course"

"Australia is late to the space agency party, but that's not necessarily a bad thing"

"New Science from Jupiter"


May 04 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Apollo Asteroid 2017 WY14 Near-Earth Flyby (0.052 AU)

Comet 37P/Forbes - Perihelion (1.610 AU)

The first detection of helium in an exoplanet’s atmosphere"

Hawking Takes on the Infinite Multiverse"


May 05 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day

Mars Spring Equinox

Eta Aquarids Meteor Shower Peak

Eta-Aquariids Meteor Shower History

Eta Aquarid Meteor Shower in 2018

"NASA’s InSight Lander Heads to Mars"


 

May 06 2018 - 00:35 UT

Moon at Apogee
(furthest from the Earth = 404,458 km)

 

May 06 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Asteroid 2018 JD encounter - miss distance 3.5 LD, size = 16 metres

Comet 107P/Wilson-Harrington - Closest Approach To Earth (1.688 AU)


May 07 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

"We go between sun and Jupiter May 8-9"

"An absolute sodium abundance for a cloud-free ‘hot Saturn’ exoplanet"

"The case against dark matter"


 

May 08 2018 - 02:09 UT

Third Lunar Quarter

 

May 08 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Apollo Asteroid 2016 JQ5 Near-Earth Flyby (0.016 AU)

"WASP-96b: the cloudless exoplanet"


May 09 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Jupiter - At Opposition

Asteroid 2018 JP encounter - miss distance 2.1 LD, size = 12 metres

Apollo Asteroid 388945 (2008 TZ3) - Near-Earth Flyby (0.017 AU)

"Copernicus Sentinel-3B delivers first images"

"When Is A Planet A Planet?"

"Flight over [Mars] Neukum crater" - ESA video


May 10 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

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

"'New views of Jupiter' showcases swirling clouds on giant planet"

"ESA Planck team awarded prestigious prize"


May 11 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Asteroid 2018 JZ encounter - miss distance 4.3 LD, size = 13 metres

"From the pyramids to Stonehenge – were prehistoric people astronomers?"

"Mars helicopter to fly on the Red Planet"


May 12 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Mercury Passes 2.4° From Uranus - as seen from Earth with appropriate telescope


May 13 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Asteroid 2016 HP6 encounter - miss distance 2.2 LD, size = 28 metres

Asteroid 2018 KC encounter - miss distance 3.1 LD, size = 11 metres

Asteroid 2018 JA1 encounter - miss distance 4.4 LD, size = 25 metres


May 14 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

"A monster black hole has been discovered, and it's growing very fast, but far away"

"Gaia’s Stellar Family Portrait"

"Old Data Reveal New Evidence of Europa Plumes"


 

May 15 2018 - 11:48 UT

New Moon

 

May 15 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Asteroid 2010 WC9 encounter - miss distance 0.5 LD, size = 71 metres

Aten Asteroid 1999 LK1 - Near-Earth Flyby (0.034 AU)

"Massive water plumes on Jupiter moon Europa boosts hopes for finding alien life"

"Snapshot: A ‘lost’ asteroid will zip between the Earth and the Moon tonight"


May 16 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Asteroid 2018 JX encounter - miss distance 3.9 LD, size = 73 metres

Apollo Asteroid 2015 KJ19 Near-Earth Flyby (0.061 AU) -

Apollo Asteroid 2012 WS3 - Near-Earth Flyby (0.095 AU)

Comet C/2017 T1 (Heinze) - Closest Approach To Earth (1.302 AU)

"Distant galaxy formed stars only 250 million years after the Big Bang"

"A space ant fires its lasers"


 

May 17 2018 - 21:06 UT

Moon at Perigee
(closest to the Earth = 363,777 km) m

 

May 17 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Comet 263P/Gibbs - Closest Approach To Earth (1.658 AU)

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

"The most detailed map of the Orion A molecular cloud to date"


May 18 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Comet 66P/du Toit - Closest Approach To Earth (0.896 AU)

"Table for One?"


May 19 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Asteroid 2018 KD2 encounter - miss distance 2.3 LD, size = 25 metres

Comet 66P/du Toit - Perihelion (1.290 AU)


May 20 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day


May 21 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Asteroid 2018 KF1 encounter - miss distance 2.2 LD, size = 26 metres

"Chinese satellite launch kicks off ambitious mission to Moon’s far side"

"Hidden secrets of a massive star-formation region"

"Astronomers discover the first interstellar immigrant nestled in Jupiter’s orbit"

"Radio Experiment Launches With China’s Moon Orbiter"


 

May 22 2018 - 03:49 UT

First Lunar Quarter

 

May 22 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Mars Autumnal Equinox

Asteroid 2018 KS encounter - miss distance 2.1 LD, size = 9 metres

"Stargazing live: How much do you know about our solar system?"


May 23 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Asteroid 2018 KW1 encounter - miss distance 0.4 LD, size = 4 metres

Apollo Asteroid 2016 WL7 Near-Earth Flyby (0.080 AU)

"Did This Wrong-way Asteroid Come from Beyond the Solar System?"

"An increase in the 12C + 12C fusion rate from resonances at astrophysical energies"

"Astronomer in your pocket: A guided tour of our great southern sky"

"Shedding light on dark galaxies"


May 24 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day

As of today there are 1912 known Potentially Hazardous Asteroids (PHA)

Comet 107P/Wilson-Harrington - Perihelion (0.970 AU)

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

"Dino Doomsday Asteroid Baked Earth for 100,000 Years"


May 25 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day


May 26 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Apollo Asteroid 2017 LF Near-Earth Flyby (0.085 AU)


May 27 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Aten Asteroid 66391 (1999 KW4) - Near-Earth Flyby (0.078 AU)


May 28 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day


 

May 29 2018 - 14:19 UT

Full Flower Moon

 

May 29 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Aten Asteroid 68347 (2001 KB67) - Near-Earth Flyby (0.024 AU)

Apollo Asteroid 2014 WG365 Near-Earth Flyby (0.061 AU)


May 30 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day


May 31 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Amor Asteroid 2013 LE7 - Near-Earth Flyby (0.046 AU)

Comet 164P/Christensen - Perihelion (1.685 AU)


 

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Getting Ready for the Next Big Solar Storm

What is Heliophysics | NASA Living With a Star | Heliophysics Summer School

NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center | The Australian Space Weather Agency

Space Weather Radio | ESA Space Environment Information System

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

 

 

CURRENT MOON

 

June 2018 Celestial Events & Space Research News

June 2018 SkyMaps & Sky Guides NOT AVAILABLE UNTIL June 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


June 2018 - SkyMaps & Celestial Guides .....

BBC The Sky at Night - June 2018

Meteorite Times Magazine - June 2018 - usually up online the middle of the month

Radio Jove - Solar & Planetary Radio Astronomy for Schools

At the start of June 2018 the Sunspot Number is ?


June 01 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day


 

June 02 2018 - 16:34 UT

Moon at Apogee
(furthest from the Earth = 405,316 km)

 

June 02 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Apollo Asteroid 2016 XF Near-Earth Flyby (0.077 AU)


June 03 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day


June 04 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day


June 05 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Apollo Asteroid 2004 LB Near-Earth Flyby (0.092 AU)


 

June 06 2018 - 18:32 UT

Third Lunar Quarter

 

June 06 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day


June 07 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Aten Asteroid 2017 EH1 Near-Earth Flyby (0.096 AU)


June 08 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day


June 09 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day


June 10 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day


June 11 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Amor Asteroid 2015 DP155 Near-Earth Flyby (0.023 AU)

Apollo Asteroid 2008 LA - Near-Earth Flyby (0.071 AU)

Comet P/2007 T2 (Kowalski) - Closest Approach To Earth (0.502 AU)


June 12 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Comet 354P/LINEAR - Closest Approach To Earth (1.559 AU)


 

June 13 2018 - 19:43 UT

New Moon

 

June 13 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day


 

June 14 2018 - 23:55 UT

Moon at Perigee
(closest to the Earth = 359,507 km)

 

June 14 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day


June 15 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Aten Asteroid 2004 LO2 - Near-Earth Flyby (0.064 AU


June 16 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Aten Asteroid 469737 (2005 NW44) - Near-Earth Flyby (0.055 AU)

Aten Asteroid 2014 GQ17 - Near-Earth Flyby (0.086 AU


June 17 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day


June 18 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day


June 19 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day


 

June 20 2018 - 10:51 UT

First Lunar Quarter

 

June 20 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day


 

June 21 2018 - 10:07 UT

Alban Hefyn
Summer Solstice

 

June 21 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Amor Asteroid 2014 MZ5 Near-Earth Flyby (0.077 AU)


June 22 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day


June 23 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Apollo Asteroid 467309 (1996 AW1) - Near-Earth Flyby (0.046 AU)


June 24 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Aten Asteroid 441987 (2010 NY65) - Near-Earth Flyby (0.019 AU)

Comet P/2013 CU129 (PANSTARRS) - Perihelion (0.798 AU)

Comet 133P/Elst-Pizarro - Closest Approach To Earth (1.675 AU)


June 25 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Comet C/2016 M1 (PANSTARRS) - Closest Approach To Earth (1.289 AU)


June 26 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

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Apollo Asteroid 2007 UD6 - Near-Earth Flyby (0.074 AU)


June 27 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

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Saturn - At Opposition


 

June 28 2018 - 04:53 UT

Full Strawberry Moon

 

June 28 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Comet C/2017 S6 (Catalina) - Closest Approach To Earth (1.304 AU)


June 29 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day


 

June 30 2018 - 02:43 UT

Moon at Apogee
(furthest from the Earth = 406,061 km)

 

June 30 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

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Asteroid Day


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"Alexander Thom:
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"The Seven Sisters of the Pleiades: Stories from Around the World"
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"Emu Dreaming:
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"The 2300 BC Event - Vol. 1:
Archaeology and Geophysics
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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:
Mythology
The Eyewitness Accounts"

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M. M. Mandelkehr

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"Some time around 2300 BC the Eath 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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"The Northern/Southern Taurid meteoroid stream is identified as the specific meteoroid stream that the Earth encountered at 2300 BC.

The Earth's encounter with a dense cluster of large objects would produce atmospheric phenomena very different from the pleasant and interesting night displays of meteor trails that are within our own experience.

The rain of objects would have generated extraordinary visual and auditory effects combined with ground vibrations; and under extreme conditions would bring about severe surface destruction and loss of life.

The overall event was associated by the people with powerful deities and formed the basis for major religions. The mythologies and traditions are, in large part, the residues of those religions."

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"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."

"Heliophysics I:
Plasma Physics of the
Local Cosmos"

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"This volume, the first in a series of three heliophysics texts, integrates such diverse topics for the first time as a coherent intellectual discipline.

It emphasizes the physical processes coupling the Sun and Earth, allowing insights into the interaction of the solar wind and radiation with the Earth's magnetic field, atmosphere and climate system.

It provides a core resource for advanced undergraduates and graduates, and also constitutes a foundational reference for researchers in heliophysics, astrophysics, plasma physics, space physics, solar physics, aeronomy, space weather, planetary science and climate science."

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"Heliophysics II:
Space storms and radiation:
causes and effects"

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"The Sun is a magnetically variable star and for planets with intrinsic magnetic fields, planets with atmospheres, or planets like Earth with both, there are profound consequences.

This 2010 volume, the second in this series of three heliophysics texts, integrates the many aspects of space storms and the energetic radiation associated with them - from causes on the Sun to effects in planetary environments.

It reviews the physical processes in solar flares and coronal mass ejections, interplanetary shocks, and particle acceleration and transport, and considers many space weather responses in geospace. In addition to its utility as a textbook, it also constitutes a foundational reference for researchers in fields from heliophysics to climate science."

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"Heliophysics III:
Evolving Solar Activity and the
Climates of Space and Earth"

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"This final book in this series of three heliophysics texts, published in 2010, focuses on long-term variability from the Sun's sunspot cycle and considers the planetary system's evolution from a climatological perspective.

Topics covered range from the dynamo action of stars and planets to processes in the Earth's troposphere, ionosphere, and magnetosphere and their effects on planetary climate and habitability.

Supplemented by online teaching materials, it can be used as a textbook for courses or as a foundational reference for researchers in fields from astrophysics and plasma physics to planetary and climate science."

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"Natural Catastrophes During Bronze Age Civilisations"
(British Archaeological
Reports)
by
Benny J. Peiser
Trevor Palmer
Mark E. Bailey
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Research in the field of neo-catastrophism and impact cratering has quickened its pace since the early 1980s. Scholars such as Victor Clube, Bill Napier, Mark Bailey, Sir Fred Hoyle and Duncan Steel claim that a more 'active' sky might have caused major cultural changes of Bronze Age civilizations, belief systems and religious rituals."


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"The Newgrange Sirius Mystery"
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"A Little History of
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"Avebury Cosmos:
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Nicholas R. Mann

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"The ancient Britons were inspired by a profound knowledge of the heavens when they erected the monumental stones of Avebury.

Mann throws light on the motive behind the creation of its awe-inspiring mounds and megaliths by demonstrating that they were aligned to the cycles of the Sun, Moon and stars.

This book will help visitors and readers to see Avebury in a wholly new light - the light of the heavenly bodies that guided its Neolithic builders."

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"Avebury:
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"Living the Sky:
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"Stonehenge: A New Interpretation of Prehistoric Man and the Cosmos"
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"Ancient Skies and Astronomy Now"
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"Signs in the Heavens: A Muslim Astronomer's Perspective on Religion and Science"
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"Astronomy & Measurement in Megalithic Architecture"
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"Asteroids:
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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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"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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