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October 2017 Celestial Events & Space Research News

October 2017 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 2017 - SkyMaps & Celestial Guides .....
Astronomy Today Sky Guide - October 2017
BBC The Sky at Night - October 2017
Meteorite Times Magazine - October 2017 - available mid-October
At the start of October 2017 the Sunspot Number is 38
October sky guide centred on Australasia

October 01 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Apollo Asteroid 2015 XE Near-Earth Flyby (0.083 AU)

October 02 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Asteroid 2017 SX17 encounter - miss distance 0.2 LD, size = 9 metres
Aten Asteroid 2004 QA22 - Near-Earth Flyby (0.066 AU)

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

October 04 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Aten Asteroid 2004 TD10 - Near-Earth Flyby (0.085 AU)

 

October 05 2017 - 18:40 UT

Full Hunter's Moon

 

October 05 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Mercury Passes 0.2° From Mars - as seen from Earth

October 06 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Apollo Asteroid 2011 TB4 - Near-Earth Flyby (0.065 AU)

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

October 08 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day

 

October 09 2017 - 05:51 UT

Moon at Perigee
(closest to the Earth = 366,858 km)

 

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

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

October 11 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Apollo Asteroid 2014 DQ - Near-Earth Flyby (0.075 AU)
Apollo Asteroid 2007 DM41 - Near-Earth Flyby (0.090 AU)

 

October 12 2017 - 12:25 UT

Third Lunar Quarter

 

October 12 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Asteroid 2012 TC4 encounter - miss distance 0.1 LD, size = 16 metres
Apollo Asteroid 2012 TC4 - Near-Earth Flyby (0.0009 AU)

October 13 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Apollo Asteroid 2014 UR116 Near-Earth Flyby (0.072 AU)

October 14 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Aten Asteroid 2005 TE49 - Near-Earth Flyby (0.011 AU)
Apollo Asteroid 2016 UO41 Near-Earth Flyby (0.056 AU)

October 15 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Apollo Asteroid 2013 UM9 - Near-Earth Flyby (0.039 AU)
Apollo Asteroid 2012 EN5 - Near-Earth Flyby (0.090 AU)

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

October 17 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Amor Asteroid 2011 PT - Near-Earth Flyby (0.058 AU)

October 18 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Mercury Passes 1.0° From Jupiter - as seen from Earth
Aten Asteroid 2006 TU7 - Near-Earth Flyby (0.048 AU)

 

October 19 2017 - 19:12 UT

New Moon

 

October 19 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Uranus - At Opposition

October 20 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Orionids Meteor Shower Peak
2017 Orionid Meteor Shower Overnight
Aten Asteroid 2014 UR Near-Earth Flyby (0.064 AU)

October 21 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Orionids Meteor Shower Peak
Orionids Meteor Shower History & Observing SkyMaps
2017 Orionid Meteor Shower Overnight

October 22 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Orionids Meteor Shower Peak - watch in the early hours before dawn
Apollo Asteroid 171576 (1999 VP11) - Near-Earth Flyby (0.015 AU)
Apollo Asteroid 2010 VT11 - Near-Earth Flyby (0.089 AU)

October 23 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Apollo Asteroid 2008 GH110 - Near-Earth Flyby (0.087 AU)

October 23-27 2017 - Conferences, Workshops & Star Parties .....
The cosmic feast of the elements
Puebla, Mexico

October 24 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Aten Asteroid 2016 GK135 Near-Earth Flyby (0.077 AU)
Aten Asteroid 2008 TC4 - Near-Earth Flyby (0.086 AU)

 

October 25 2017 - 02:25 UT

Moon at Apogee
(furthest from the Earth = 405,151 km)

 

October 25 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Aten Asteroid 2013 UR5 - Near-Earth Flyby (0.085 AU)

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

 

October 27 2017 - 22:22 UT

First Lunar Quarter

 

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

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

October 29 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Daylight Saving Ends - Set Clock Back 1 Hour - Europe

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

October 31 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Apollo Asteroid 2003 UV11 - Near-Earth Flyby (0.038 AU)

 

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November 2017 Celestial Events & Space Research News

November 2017 SkyMaps and Sky Guides NOT AVAILABLE UNTIL November 1st

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

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

November 02 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Apollo Asteroid 1989 UP - Near-Earth Flyby (0.055 AU)
Aten Asteroid 2009 UZ87 - Near-Earth Flyby (0.068 AU)

November 03 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Taurids Meteor Shower Peak
Apollo Asteroid 2015 WA2 Near-Earth Flyby (0.093 AU)

 

November 04 2017 - 05:23 UT

Full Beaver Moon

 

November 04 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Aten Asteroid 365424 (2010 KX7) - Near-Earth Flyby (0.096 AU)

November 05 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Daylight Saving Ends - Set Clock Back 1 Hour - USA

 

November 06 2017 - 00:09 UT

Moon at Perigee
(closest to the Earth = 361,438 km)

 

November 06 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Apollo Asteroid 2004 GD - Near-Earth Flyby (0.068 AU)

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

November 08 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day

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

 

November 10 2017 - 20:36 UT

Third Lunar Quarter

 

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

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

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

November 13 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Venus Passes 0.3° From Jupiter - as seen from Earth
Apollo Asteroid 326354 (2000 SJ344) Near-Earth Flyby (0.073 AU)

November 13-15 2017 - Conferences, Workshops & Star Parties .....
1st IAA Conference on Space Situational Awareness
Orlando, Florida, USA

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

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

November 16 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Apollo Asteroid 2000 UO30 - Near-Earth Flyby (0.074 AU)
Apollo Asteroid 2013 TK69 - Near-Earth Flyby (0.082 AU)

November 17 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Leonids Meteor Shower Peak
Leonids Meteor Shower History & Observing SkyMaps
2017 Leonid Meteor Shower Overnight
Leonid dust trails
Apollo Asteroid 444584 (2006 UK) - Near-Earth Flyby (0.022 AU)

 

November 18 2017 - 11:42 UT

New Moon

 

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

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

November 20 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Mars Summer Solstice - from the Planetary Society Mars Calendar

 

November 21 2017 - 18:52 UT

Moon at Apogee
(furthest from the Earth = 406,132 km)

 

November 21 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Aten Asteroid 234145 (2000 EW70) - Near-Earth Flyby (0.086 AU)
Apollo Asteroid 163696 (2003 EB50) - Near-Earth Flyby (0.094 AU)

November 22 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Aten Asteroid 2016 LO1 Near-Earth Flyby (0.097 AU)

November 23 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Aten Asteroid 2009 BL71 - Near-Earth Flyby (0.079 AU)

November 24 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Mercury - At Its Greatest Eastern Elongation (22 Degrees) - as seen from Earth

November 25 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Apollo Asteroid 3361 Orpheus - Near-Earth Flyby (0.061 AU)

 

November 26 2017 - 17:03 UT

First Lunar Quarter

 

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

November 26 - December 01 2017 - Conferences, Workshops & Star Parties .....
Astrobiology 2017: Research Meeting by IAU's Commission F3
Coyhaique, Chile

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

November 27 - December 01 2017 - Conferences, Workshops & Star Parties .....
14th European Space Weather Week
Belguim

November 28 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Mercury Passes 3.0° From Saturn - as seen from Earth

November 29 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Aten Asteroid 2010 VD139 Near-Earth Flyby (0.013 AU)

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

 

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December 2017 Celestial Events & Space Research News

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

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

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

 

December 03 2017 - 15:47 UT

Full Long Nights Moon

 

December 03 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Super Moon
Apollo Asteroid 2008 WM61 - Near-Earth Flyby (0.010 AU)

 

December 04 2017 - 08:42 UT

Moon at Perigee
(closest to the Earth = 357,496 km)

 

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

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

December 06 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Mercury Passes 1.3° From Saturn - as seen from Earth

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

December 08 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day

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

 

December 10 2017 - 07:51 UT

Third Lunar Quarter

 

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

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

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

December 13 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Geminids Meteor Shower History & Observing SkyMaps
Geminids Meteor Shower Peak Overnight
Aten Asteroid 2015 YA Near-Earth Flyby (0.061 AU
Apollo Asteroid 2009 QL8 - Near-Earth Flyby (0.088 AU)

December 14 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Aten Asteroid 2015 XX169 Near-Earth Flyby (0.025 AU)

December 15 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Mercury Passes 2.2° From Venus - as seen from Earth

December 16 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Apollo Asteroid 3200 Phaethon - Near-Earth Flyby (0.069 AU)

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

 

December 18 2017 - 06:30 UT

New Moon

 

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

 

December 19 2017 - 01:27 UT

Moon at Apogee
(furthest from the Earth = 406,605 km) M

 

December 19 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Apollo Asteroid 2006 XY - Near-Earth Flyby (0.015 AU)
Aten Asteroid 2011 YD29 - Near-Earth Flyby (0.049 AU)
Apollo Asteroid 2015 GF1 Near-Earth Flyby (0.073 AU)

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

 

December 21 2017 - 16:28 UT

Alban Arthan
Winter Solstice

 

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

December 22 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Ursids Meteor Shower Peak
Apollo Asteroid 418849 (2008 WM64) - Near-Earth Flyby (0.039 AU)
Apollo Asteroid 2015 YQ1 Near-Earth Flyby (0.044 AU)
Apollo Asteroid 2015 HU9 Near-Earth Flyby (0.098 AU)

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

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

December 25 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Venus Passes 1.1° From Saturn - as seen from Earth
Apollo Asteroid 2015 AF45 Near-Earth Flyby (0.077 AU)

 

December 26 2017 - 09:20 UT

First Lunar Quarter

 

December 26 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Aten Asteroid 2007 AG - Near-Earth Flyby (0.058 AU)

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

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

December 29 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Apollo Asteroid 2014 RJ11 Near-Earth Flyby (0.083 AU)
Apollo Asteroid 2009 EO2 - Near-Earth Flyby (0.090 AU)
Apollo Asteroid 140158 (2001 SX169) Near-Earth Flyby (0.090 AU)

December 30 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Aten Asteroid 2015 SY Near-Earth Flyby (0.069 AU)

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

 

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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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Ross Hamilton

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"Solar System Maps:
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"Beyond the Blue Horizon:
Myths and Legends of the Sun,
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"The Culture of Astronomy:
Origin of Number, Geometry,
Science, Law, and Religion"

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"Astronomy & Maths in
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Christopher Cullen

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"Celestial Geometry:
Understanding the
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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
& The Meteoroid Stream"

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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 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 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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