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Skywatching Calendar April 01 to June 30 2017

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As of April 01 2017
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1781
KNOWN Potentially Hazardous Asteroids
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April 2017 Celestial Events & Space Research News

April 2017 SkyMaps & Sky Guides will not be available until April 1st

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April 2017 - SkyMaps & Celestial Guides .....
Astronomy Today Sky Guide - April 2017
BBC The Sky at Night - April 2017
Meteorite Times Magazine - April 2017 - 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
The Cassini Solstice Mission - Latest News & Current Location
At the start of April 2017 the Sunspot Number is 65

April 01 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Mercury - At Its Greatest Eastern Elongation (19 Degrees) - as seen from Earth
Asteroid 2017 FX90 encounter - miss distance 2.4 LD, size = 23 metres
Green Comet 41P now visible - SkyMap looking North before sunrise today
"Stargazing Live - Explore the southern night sky across Australia"

April 02 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Asteroid 2017 FU102 encounter - miss distance 0.6 LD, size = 8 metres
Green Comet 41P now visible - SkyMap looking North before sunrise today

 

April 03 2017 - 18:39 UT

First Lunar Quarter

 

April 03 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Asteroid 2017 FT102 encounter - miss distance 1 LD, size = 6 metres
Asteroid 2017 FQ127 encounter - miss distance 2 LD, size = 27 metres
Apollo Asteroid 2015 BY310 Near-Earth Flyby (0.079 AU)

April 04 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
"Stargazing Live - over Australia" - Starts Tonight on ABC, ABC2 and ABC iview

April 05 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
"Stargazing Live over Australia" - Continues Tonight on ABC, ABC2 and ABC iview

April 06 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Asteroid 2017 FU64 encounter - miss distance 3.7 LD, size = 74 metres
Aten Asteroid 2014 FN38 Near-Earth Flyby (0.064 AU)
"Stargazing Live over Australia" - Continues Tonight on ABC, ABC2 and ABC iview

April 07 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Jupiter - At Opposition - as seen from Earth

April 08 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Aten Asteroid 2016 GH135 Near-Earth Flyby (0.088 AU)

April 09 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day

April 10 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day

April 10-14 2017 - Conferences, Workshops & Star Parties .....
Asteroids, Comets, Meteors 2017 (ACM 2017) Conference
Montevideo, Uruguay

 

April 11 2017 - 06:08 UT

Full Pink Moon

 

April 11 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day

April 12 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Yuri's Night: World Space Party

April 13 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day

April 14 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day

 

April 15 2017 - 10:05 UT

Moon at Apogee
(furthest from the Earth = 405,478 km)

 

April 15 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Leonardo DaVinci's 565th Birthday (1452)

April 16 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day

April 17 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day

April 18 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Apollo Asteroid 143404 (2003 BD44) - Near-Earth Flyby (0.056 AU)
Apollo Asteroid 2006 HE2 - Near-Earth Flyby (0.063 AU)

 

April 19 2017 - 09:57 UT

Third Lunar Quarter

 

April 19 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Asteroid 2014 JO25 encounter - miss distance 4.6 LD, size = 1 km
Apollo Asteroid 2014 JO25 Near-Earth Flyby (0.012 AU)
Aten Asteroid 2014 UR Near-Earth Flyby (0.048 AU)

April 20 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day

April 21 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Apollo Asteroid 2016 UW80 Near-Earth Flyby (0.072 AU)

April 22 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Lyrids Meteor Shower Peak
2017 Lyrids Meteor Shower
Lyrids Meteor Shower History & Observing Skymaps
Aten Asteroid 2016 JP Near-Earth Flyby (0.065 AU)

April 23 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day

April 24 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day

April 24-28 2017 - Conferences, Workshops & Star Parties .....
Astrobiology Science Conference 2017 (AbSciCon 2017)
Mesa, Arizona, USA

April 25 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day

 

April 26 2017 - 12:16 UT

New Moon

 

April 26 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day

 

April 27 2017 - 16:18 UT

Moon at Perigee
(closest to the Earth = 359,325 km)

 

April 27 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day

April 28 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Mercury Passes 0.15° From Uranus - as seen from Earth with a suitable telescope
Aten Asteroid 2016 HF2 Near-Earth Flyby (0.090 AU

April 29 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day

April 30 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day

 

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May 2017 - SkyMaps & Celestial Guides .....
Astronomy Today Sky Guide - May 2017
BBC The Sky at Night - May 2017
Meteorite Times Magazine - May 2017 - usually up online the middle of the month
Radio Jove - Solar & Planetary Radio Astronomy for Schools
The Cassini Solstice Mission - Latest News & Current Location
At the start of May 2017 the Sunspot Number is ?

May 01 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day

May 02 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day

 

May 03 2017 - 02:47 UT

First Lunar Quarter

 

May 03 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day

May 04 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day

May 05 2017 - 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 2017
Amor Asteroid 2009 HG - Near-Earth Flyby (0.066 AU)
Amor Asteroid 388838 (2008 EZ5) - Near-Earth Flyby (0.082 AU)

May 06 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day

May 07 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Mercury Passes 2.2° From Uranus - as seen from Earth with a suitable telescope
Apollo Asteroid 2015 VD1 Near-Earth Flyby (0.046 AU)

May 08 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Aten Asteroid 2016 CU246 Near-Earth Flyby (0.052 AU)

May 09 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day

 

May 10 2017 - 21:42 UT

Full Flower Moon

 

May 10 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day

May 11 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day

 

May 12 2017 - 19:51 UT

Moon at Apogee
(furthest from the Earth = 406,212 km)

 

May 12 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Apollo Asteroid 2016 LJ49 Near-Earth Flyby (0.062 AU)

May 13 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day

May 14 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day

May 15 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day

May 15-17 2017 - Conferences, Workshops & Star Parties .....
Meeting: Impacts in Planetary Systems
Lund, Sweden

May 16 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Apollo Asteroid 2012 EC - Near-Earth Flyby (0.050 AU)

May 17 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Mercury - At Its Greatest Western Elongation (26 Degrees) - as seen from Earth

May 18 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day

 

May 19 2017 - 00:33 UT

Third Lunar Quarter

 

May 19 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day

May 20 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day

May 21 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day

May 22 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day

May 23 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Apollo Asteroid 2015 VX105 Near-Earth Flyby (0.069 AU)

May 24 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day

 

May 25 2017 - 19:44 UT

New Moon

 

May 25 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Towel Day - Annual Tribute to Douglas Adams

 

May 26 2017 - 01:23 UT

Moon at Perigee
(closest to the Earth = 357,210 km) m

 

May 26 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Comet 73P-AI/Schwassmann-Wachmann - Near-Earth Flyby (0.023 AU)

May 27 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Aten Asteroid 2016 GK135 Near-Earth Flyby (0.074 AU)
Apollo Asteroid 6063 Jason - Near-Earth Flyby (0.099 AU)
Asteroid 38237 Roche Closest Approach To Earth (0.995 AU)

May 28 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day

May 29 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Apollo Asteroid 2007 LE Near-Earth Flyby (0.082 AU)

May 30 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day

May 31 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day

 

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Realtime Comet Photo Gallery

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June 2017 Celestial Events & Space Research News

June 2017 - SkyMaps & Celestial Guides .....
Astronomy Today Sky Guide - June 2017
BBC The Sky at Night - June 2017
Meteorite Times Magazine - June 2017 - usually up online the middle of the month
Radio Jove - Solar & Planetary Radio Astronomy for Schools
The Cassini Solstice Mission - Latest News & Current Location
At the start of June 2017 the Sunspot Number is ?

 

June 01 2017 - 12:42 UT

First Lunar Quarter

 

June 01 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Apollo Asteroid 418094 (2007 WV4) - Near-Earth Flyby (0.020 AU)
15th Anniversary (2002), 1st National Light Pollution Law (Czech Republic)

June 02 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Venus Passes 1.8° From Uranus - as seen from Earth with a suitable telescope

June 03 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Venus - At Its Greatest Western Elongation (46 Degrees) - as seen from Earth

June 04 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day

June 05 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day

June 06 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Apollo Asteroid 2012 HN13 - Near-Earth Flyby (0.073 AU)

June 07 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day

 

June 08 2017 - 22:21 UT

Moon at Apogee
(furthest from the Earth = 406,402 km)

 

June 08 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Apollo Asteroid 2011 PU1 - Near-Earth Flyby (0.061 AU)
Comet 73P-BS/Schwassmann-Wachmann - Near-Earth Flyby (0.056 AU)

 

June 09 2017 - 13:10 UT

Full Strawberry Moon

 

June 09 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day

June 10 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day

June 11 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day

June 12 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day

June 13 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day

June 13-15 2017 - Conferences, Workshops & Star Parties .....
17th Meeting of the NASA Small Bodies Assessment Group (SBAG)
Greenbelt, Maryland, USA

June 14 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day

June 15 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Saturn - At Opposition - as seen from Earth

June 16 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Apollo Asteroid 2010 VB1 - Near-Earth Flyby (0.026 AU)

 

June 17 2017 - 11:33 UT

Third Lunar Quarter

 

June 17 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day

June 18 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Apollo Asteroid 471984 (2013 UE3) - Near-Earth Flyby (0.049 AU)

June 19 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day

June 20 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Apollo Asteroid 2015 YC1 Near-Earth Flyby (0.084 AU)

 

June 21 2017 - 04:24 UT

Alban Hefyn
Summer Solstice

 

June 21 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day

June 22 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Apollo Asteroid 2010 VZ11 - Near-Earth Flyby (0.079 AU)

 

June 23 2017 - 10:49 UT

Moon at Perigee
(closest to the Earth = 357,938 km)

 

June 23 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day

 

June 24 2017 - 02:31 UT

New Moon

 

June 24 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Aten Asteroid 441987 (2010 NY65) - Near-Earth Flyby (0.020 AU)

June 25 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day

June 26 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Apollo Asteroid 2005 LW3 - Near-Earth Flyby (0.084 AU)

June 27 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day

June 28 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Mercury Passes 0.8° From Mars - as seen from Earth with unaided eyes

June 29 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day

June 30 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day

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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
(Editors)


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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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"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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Maria Wheatley
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"Living the Sky:
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"Chaco Astronomy:
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Anna Sofaer

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"After rumors surfaced about the sun bisecting a petroglyph at Chaco Canyon, people never looked at the site the same again.

The discovery proposed a cosmology at Chaco, and the book looks at the people who lived in the San Juan Basin from 850 AD to 1300, developing an elaborate culture around the cycles of the sun and moon.

Anna Sofaer's pioneering work on Chaco Canyon, a World Heritage Site, should be required reading for anyone interested in how the prehistoric people of the American Southwest conceptualized their universe and placed themselves within that universe."

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"Stonehenge: A New Interpretation of Prehistoric Man and the Cosmos"
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John David North

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"Ancient Skies and Astronomy Now"
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