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 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

Image of a revolving globe showing current sea levels since the end of the last ice age, before which many ancient societies like Atlantis flourished all over planet Earth on the continental shelves that were inundated by the rising sea levels caused by the melting ice sheets.

Skywatching Calendar January 01 - March 31 2020

text translation service for many worldwide languages

 

 

This year The Morien Institute Skywatching Calendar will be much reduced compared to previous years

 

Skywatching Calendars for:

April - June 2020 | July - September 2020 | October - December 2020

 


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 (UT) into my time?



As of January 01 2020
according to Near-Earth Asteroid (NEO) 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

NASA JPL Asteroid Watch

 

The 3,600 year-old Nebra Sky Disc

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

 

 

Free Open Source Planetarium
For Your Computer

- Enjoy -

 

 

 Today is  


SpaceWeather Information & Resources

Getting Ready for the Next Big Solar Storm

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
the Earth and other planets has advanced at an ever increasing rate

 

January 2020 Celestial Events & Space Research News

January 2020 SkyMaps & Sky Guides will not be available until January 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

 

January 2020 - SkyMaps & Celestial Guides .....

BBC The Sky at Night - January 2020

Meteorite Times Magazine - January 2020 - usually available middle of the month

Radio Jove - Solar & Planetary Radio Astronomy for Schools

At the start of January 2020 the Sunspot Number is 11


January 01 2020 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Apollo Asteroid 2019 YK Near-Earth Flyby (0.036 AU)


 

January 02 2020 - 01:30 UT

Moon at Apogee
(furthest from the Earth = 404,580 km)

 


January 02 2020 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Asteroid 2020 AP1 encounter - miss distance 0.9 LD, size = 4 metres

Asteroid 2020 AC1 encounter - miss distance 2.1 LD, size = 7 metres

Asteroid 2020 AD encounter - miss distance 2.3 LD, size = 13 metres

Asteroid 2020 AC encounter - miss distance 3.4 LD, size = 17 metres

Apollo Asteroid 2019 YH2 Near-Earth Flyby (0.019 AU)


 

January 03 2020 - 04:46 UT

First Lunar Quarter

 


January 03 2020 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Quadrantids (QUA) Meteor Shower Peak - IMO Details - watch after midnight hours

Quadrantids Meteor Shower

"Crater found from asteroid that covered 10% of Earth's surface in debris"

"Solar and Lunar Eclipses in 2020"


January 04 2020 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Asteroid 2020 AN1 encounter - miss distance 2.6 LD, size = 25 metres

Asteroid 2019 YB4 encounter - miss distance 3.3 LD, size = 16 metres

2020 Quadrantid meteor shower - watch in pre-dawn hours

Quadrantids meteor shower peak - watch in pre-dawn hours

"Meteors from a Shattered Comet: the Quadrantids"

"It’s Snowing Iron Near the Earth’s Core"


 

January 05 2020 - 07:48 UT

Earth at Perihelion
(closest to the Sun = 0.983 AU)

 


January 05 2020 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

"The Moon’s Magnetosphere Used to be Twice as Strong as the Earth’s"

"Lunar Eclipses for Beginners"


January 06 2020 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

"The length of a day on Venus keeps changing"


January 07 2020 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

"NASA telescope discovers its first planet orbiting two stars"


January 08 2020 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day


January 09 2020 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Asteroid 2020 AT1 encounter - miss distance 2.5 LD, size = 11 metres

"The Sky This Week centred on Australasia January 09 - January 16"

"With more Starlink satellites, astronomers keep voicing concerns"


 

January 10 2020 - 19:23 UT

Full Wolf Moon

 

January 10 2020 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News ......

Astronomy Picture of the Day

10–11 January 2020 Penumbral Lunar Eclipse

2020 Penumbral Lunar Eclipse

Asteroid 2019 YF4 encounter - miss distance 3.7 LD, size = 14 metres

Apollo Asteroid 2019 UO Near-Earth Flyby (0.030 AU)

Apollo Asteroid 2019 YV Near-Earth Flyby (0.044 AU)

"Maya Guide to Astronomy Thought to Be the Oldest Book Written in the Americas"

"Penumbral lunar eclipse"


January 11 2020 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Apollo Asteroid 2019 WC5 Near-Earth Flyby (0.016 AU)

Comet 289P/Blanpain - Near-Earth Flyby (0.091 AU)

Comet 384P/Kowalski - At Opposition (0.605 AU)

"Meet 2020 AV2, the first asteroid found that stays inside Venus's orbit!"

"Our glowing orange ‘Wolf’ Moon"


January 12 2020 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Royal Astronomical Society's 200th Birthday (1820)

Asteroid 2020 AB2 encounter - miss distance 3.8 LD, size = 15 metres

"Lunar Eclipse Photo Gallery"


 

January 13 2020 - 20:20 UT

Moon at Perigee
(closest to the Earth = 365,964 km)

 


January 13 2020 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

"Scientists find meteorite pieces older than the solar system"

"Almost 800,000 Years Ago, an Enormous Meteorite Struck Earth"

"Venus dazzles at dusk and closes in on Neptune"


January 14 2020 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Asteroid 2020 BH encounter - miss distance 2.7 LD, size = 8 metres

"Grains of stardust found in meteorite that landed in Victoria"


January 15 2020 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Aten Asteroid 2017 RZ15 Near-Earth Flyby (0.031 AU)

Aten Asteroid 2011 EP51 Near-Earth Flyby (0.050 AU)

"Second terrestrial planet found around closest star to the Sun"

"Comets to Catch in 2020"


January 16 2020 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Apollo Asteroid 2019 YD3 Near-Earth Flyby (0.018 AU)

"The Sky This Week centred on Australasia January 16 - January 23"

"After a Century, Geologists Find Crater Responsible for Meteorite Mystery"

"An Asteroid has been Found that Orbits the Sun Closer than Venus"


 

January 17 2020 - 13:00 UT

Third Lunar Quarter

 


January 17 2020 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Asteroid 2020 BN1 encounter - miss distance 3.4 LD, size = 11 metres

Apollo Asteroid 2019 YG1 Near-Earth Flyby (0.045 AU)

Amor Asteroid 2019 YQ3 Near-Earth Flyby (0.047 AU)

Comet 321P/SOHO - Perihelion (0.049 AU))

"ESA Recruits Amateur Astronomers Ahead of Hera Asteroid Mission"

"Bolide Event Over Puerto Rico"


January 18 2020 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Aten Asteroid 2009 BH2 Near-Earth Flyby (0.037 AU)

"More Mysterious Space Blobs Have Been Found Near the Center of the Milky Way"


January 19 2020 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day


January 20 2020 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Asteroid 2020 BK3 encounter - miss distance 0.8 LD, size = 15 metres

Apollo Asteroid 2013 DU Near-Earth Flyby (0.038 AU)

"Astronomers date an ancient Milky Way collision"

"The Continued Unprecedented Fading of Betelgeuse"


January 21 2020 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Asteroid 2020 BB encounter - miss distance 2 LD, size = 7 metres

Asteroid 2020 BP encounter - miss distance 3.7 LD, size = 27 metres

Atira Asteroid 2017 YH - Closest Approach To Earth (0.144 AU)

"Meteorite impact 2 billion years ago may have ended an ice age"


January 22 2020 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Asteroid 2020 BB5 encounter - miss distance 0.7 LD, size = 4 metres

"The Evidence is Leaning More and More Towards an Asteroid Ending the Dinosaurs"

"The ancient Earth atmosphere may have been mostly carbon dioxide"


January 23 2020 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Asteroid 2020 BB1 encounter - miss distance 2.6 LD, size = 8 metres

"The Sky This Week centred on Australasia January 23 - January 30"

"See Ancient 'North Stars' Eclipse Each Other"

"This is Probably Sandstone Layers on Mars. Absolutely Beautiful"

"Superluminous Supernova, Explained?"


 

January 24 2020 - 21:44 UT

New Moon

 


January 24 2020 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

"Giant Planets Could Form Around Tiny Stars in Just a Few Thousand Years"

"Rosetta Saw the Building Blocks of Life on Comet 67P"


January 25 2020 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Chinese New Year

Asteroid 2020 BH6 encounter - miss distance 0.2 LD, size = 7 metres

Comet P/2002 S7 (SOHO) - Perihelion (0.049 AU)

Comet P/2002 S7 (SOHO) - Closest Approach To Earth (0.937 AU)


January 26 2020 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

"China Releases New Pictures From the Surface of the Moon"


January 27 2020 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Asteroid 2020 BA13 encounter - miss distance 0.5 LD, size = 6 metres


January 28 2020 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Asteroid 2020 BJ7 encounter - miss distance 1.2 LD, size = 8 metres

Asteroid 2020 BK13 encounter - miss distance 1.5 LD, size = 7 metres


 

January 29 2020 - 21:28 UT

Moon at Apogee
(furthest from the Earth = 405,390 km)

 


January 29 2020 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Asteroid 2020 BZ13 encounter - miss distance 0.3 LD, size = 4 metres

"The Latest on Betelgeuse, Plus a Bright Supernova and New Comet Iwamoto"


January 30 2020 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Apollo Asteroid 2018 AL12 Near-Earth Flyby (0.047 AU)

"The Sky This Week centred on Australasia January 30 - February 06"

"This is the Highest Resolution Image Ever Taken of the Surface of the Sun"


January 31 2020 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

"Destructive Super Solar Storms Hit Us Every 25 Years Or So"


 

an image of a meteor flashing through the sky

 

SpaceWeather Information & Resources

Getting Ready for the Next Big Solar Storm

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
the Earth and other planets has advanced at an ever increasing rate

 

February 2020 Celestial Events & Space Research News

February 2020 SkyMaps & Sky Guides will not be available until February 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


February 2020 - SkyMaps & Celestial Guides ......

BBC The Sky at Night - February 2020

Meteorite Times Magazine - February 2020 - usually available middle of the month

Radio Jove - Solar & Planetary Radio Astronomy for Schools

At the start of February 2020 the Sunspot Number is ?


February 01 2020 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Asteroid 2020 CW encounter - miss distance 0 LD, size = 1 metre

Asteroid 2020 BN12 encounter - miss distance 3.4 LD, size = 24 metres

"Let Venus be your guide to Mercury at its best in February"


 

February 02 2020 - 01:43 UT

First Lunar Quarter

 


February 02 2020 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Asteroid 2020 CA encounter - miss distance 0.6 LD, size = 4 metre

Apollo Asteroid 2018 BU1 Near-Earth Flyby (0.049 AU)


February 03 2020 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Asteroid 2020 BT14 encounter - miss distance 0.5 LD, size = 10 metres

Asteroid 2020 CK encounter - miss distance 1.4 LD, size = 8 metres

"Legal action could be used to stop Starlink ruining telescope images"

"Flapping 'Bat Wing' Could Reveal Secrets of Planet Formation"


February 04 2020 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Asteroid 2020 CQ1 encounter - miss distance 0.2 LD, size = 6 metres

Asteroid 2020 CR encounter - miss distance 2.6 LD, size = 13 metres


February 05 2020 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Asteroid 2020 CC encounter - miss distance 1.9 LD, size = 9 metres

"Scientists chart the shifting colors of a comet's 'seasons'"


February 06 2020 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Asteroid 2020 CR1 encounter - miss distance 2.4 LD, size = 14 metres

Asteroid 2020 BF10 encounter - miss distance 2.9 LD, size = 13 metres

"The Sky This Week centred on Australasia February 06 - February 13"

"The Sun's death could mean new life in the outer solar system"

"A Meteor Smashed Into Mars in 2005, Making this Crater"


February 07 2020 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day


February 08 2020 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day


 

February 09 2020 - 07:34 UT

Full Snow Moon
(SuperMoon)

 


February 09 2020 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

"Solar Orbiter set to launch in mission to reveal Sun's secrets"

"Gazing at the stars"


 

February 10 2020 - 20:31 UT

Moon at Perigee
(closest to the Earth = 360,464 km)

 


February 10 2020 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Mercury - At Its Greatest Eastern Elongation (18°) - as seen from Earth

Asteroid 2020 BK10 encounter - miss distance 1.9 LD, size = 21 metres


February 11 2020 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Asteroid 2020 CF2 encounter - miss distance 1.4 LD, size = 11 metres


February 12 2020 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

"800-year-old spiral rock carvings marked the solstices for Native Americans"

"Hackers could shut down satellites — or turn them into weapons"


February 13 2020 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Comet 321P/SOHO - Closest Approach To Earth (0.227 AU)

"The Sky This Week centred on Australasia February 13 - February 20"

"Most distant object ever seen helps us understand origin of our planet"


February 14 2020 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Asteroid 2020 CQ2 encounter - miss distance 0.4 LD, size = 7 metres

"When Betelgeuse goes supernova, what will it look like from Earth?"


 

February 15 2020 - 22:19 UT

Third Lunar Quarter

 


February 15 2020 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Apollo Asteroid 63373 (2002 PZ39) Near-Earth Flyby (0.039 AU)


February 16 2020 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Asteroid 2020 CR2 encounter - miss distance 3.1 LD, size = 12 metres

"The Changing Shape of Betelgeuse"


February 17 2020 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Asteroid 2020 CG2 encounter - miss distance 2.3 LD, size = 47 metres

Aten Asteroid 2018 CW2 Near-Earth Flyby (0.015 AU)


February 18 2020 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Asteroid 2020 DA1 encounter - miss distance 0.5 LD, size = 4 metres

Asteroid 2020 DW encounter - miss distance 0.6 LD, size = 3 metres

Asteroid 2020 DD encounter - miss distance 2.5 LD, size = 69 metres

"Meteors Traveling at a Fraction of the Speed of Light When They Hit the Atmosphere"


February 19 2020 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Asteroid 2020 DJ2 encounter - miss distance 2.8 LD, size = 19 metres

"ESA is Considering a Mission to Give Advanced Warnings of Solar Storms"


February 20 2020 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Asteroid 2020 DZ encounter - miss distance 1.5 LD, size = 7 metres

"The Sky This Week centred on Australasia February 20 - February 27"

"Proxima Centauri: The closest exoplanet to Earth"

"Japan Is Sending a Lander to Phobos"


February 21 2020 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

"Could alien life hitchhike to Earth on space rocks from other stars?"


February 22 2020 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day


 

February 23 2020 - 15:33 UT

New Moon

 


February 23 2020 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Asteroid 2020 DN3 encounter - miss distance 1.3 LD, size = 16 metres

Asteroid 2020 DO3 encounter - miss distance 3 LD, size = 12 metres

Amor Asteroid 2011 DR Near-Earth Flyby (0.038 AU)

Amor Asteroid 2011 DR Near-Earth Flyby (0.038 AU)

"Solar Orbiter is Already Starting to Observe the Sun"


February 24 2020 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

"NASA's InSight lander detects 174 'marsquakes,' proving Mars is seismically active"


February 25 2020 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Asteroid 2020 DV3 encounter - miss distance 1.1 LD, size = 10 metres

Comet 289P/Blanpain - At Opposition (0.372 AU)

"The Fall and Rise of Betelgeuse"

"Betelgeuse Is Brightening Again"


 

February 26 2020 - 11:35 UT

Moon at Apogee
(furthest from the Earth = 406,277 km)

 


February 26 2020 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Apollo Asteroid 2012 DS30 Near-Earth Flyby (0.031 AU)

"China's Chang'e-4 mission peers beneath the lunar farside's surface"

"Meet the Pleiades, the Seven Sisters"


February 27 2020 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

"Astronomers Discover a Tiny New Temporary Moon for the Earth"


February 28 2020 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Apollo Asteroid 2015 BK509 Near-Earth Flyby (0.047 AU)

"The Sky This Week centred on Australasia February 27 - March 05"


February 29 2020 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Asteroid 2020 DM3 encounter - miss distance 3.2 LD, size = 21 metres

SpaceUp Wales - Rhyl, North Wales, UK


 

an image of a meteor flashing through the sky

 

SpaceWeather Information & Resources

Getting Ready for the Next Big Solar Storm

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
the Earth and other planets has advanced at an ever increasing rate

 

March 2020 Celestial Events & Space Research News

March 2020 SkyMaps & Sky Guides will not be available until March 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


March 2020 - SkyMaps & Celestial Guides .......

BBC The Sky at Night - March 2020

Meteorite Times Magazine - March 2020 - usually available middle of the month

Radio Jove - Solar & Planetary Radio Astronomy for Schools

At the start of March 2020 the Sunspot Number is 0


March 01 2020 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Apollo Asteroid 2017 BM123 Near-Earth Flyby (0.027 AU)

"What is a Generation Ship?"


 

March 02 2020 - 19:58 UT

First Lunar Quarter

 


March 02 2020 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Asteroid 2020 DD4 encounter - miss distance 2.6 LD, size = 8 metres

Asteroid 2020 DZ3 encounter - miss distance 3 LD, size = 28 metres


March 03 2020 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day


March 04 2020 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Asteroid 2020 DA4 encounter - miss distance 2.5 LD, size = 26 metres


March 05 2020 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

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


March 06 2020 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

"Ancient Earth may have been a 'water world' with no dry land"

"Curiosity Finds Organic Molecules That Could Have Been Produced by Life on Mars"


March 07 2020 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

"Our superginormous black hole is hungry again"

"Researchers find evidence of a cosmic impact that caused destruction of one of the world's earliest human settlements"


March 08 2020 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day


 

March 09 2020 - 17:48 UT

Full Worm Moon
(SuperMoon)

 


March 09 2020 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Venus Passes 2.7° From Uranus - as seen from Earth with a suitable telescope


 

March 10 2020 - 06:33 UT

Moon at Perigee
(closest to the Earth = 357,123 km)

 


March 10 2020 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Apollo Asteroid 2018 RF6 Near-Earth Flyby (0.029 AU)

Apollo Asteroid 535844 (2015 BY310) Near-Earth Flyby (0.036 AU)

"Gas and Dust Stop Planets From Eating Their Moons"


March 11 2020 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Aten Asteroid 2008 UB95 Near-Earth Flyby (0.047 AU)

"Astronomers find an exoplanet where iron rains from the sky"


March 12 2020 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

"Over a Hundred New Large Objects Found in the Kuiper Belt"

"Gravitational Waves Put Ruler to Neutron Stars"

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


March 13 2020 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day


March 14 2020 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Asteroid 2020 FD2 encounter - miss distance 0.9 LD, size = 26 metres

Asteroid 2020 FK1 encounter - miss distance 1.5 LD, size = 12 metres

"Geologic evidence supports theory that major cosmic impact event occurred approximately 12800 yrs ago"

"Five Space and Astronomy Activities to do at Home During the Coronavirus Outbreak"


March 15 2020 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Daylight Saving - Set Clock Ahead 1 Hour - USA

Aten Asteroid 2018 GY Near-Earth Flyby (0.016 AU)


 

March 16 2020 - 09:35 UT

Last Lunar Quarter

 


March 16 2020 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Asteroid 2020 FC2 encounter - miss distance 2 LD, size = 9 metres

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Comet 124P/Mrkos) - Closest Approach To Earth (0.785 AU)

"The Intense Heat from the Sun Helps Ice Form on Mercury. Wait… What?"

"Comet ATLAS is Brightening Faster than Expected"

"New Study Shows the Earth and Moon are not so Similar After All"


March 17 2020 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Comet 249P/LINEAR - At Opposition (0.830 AU)

"Dawn Patrol: Following this Month’s ‘March of the Planets’"


March 18 2020 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Asteroid 2020 FD encounter - miss distance 0.7 LD, size = 10 metres

Asteroid 2020 FD encounter - miss distance 1.4 LD, size = 9 metres


March 19 2020 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Asteroid 2020 FA2 encounter - miss distance 1.4 LD, size = 11 metres

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


 

March 20 2020 - 03:50 UT

Alban Eilir
Vernal (Spring) Equinox

 


March 20 2020 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Mars Passes 0.7° From Jupiter - as seen from Earth

"Planets put on a show for earliest March equinox in 124 years"


March 21 2020 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day


March 22 2020 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Asteroid 2020 FF1 encounter - miss distance 1.9 LD, size = 9 metres


March 23 2020 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

"Another Incredible Picture of Mars From a Region Just Outside Valles Marineris"

"Celestial Cold Case: Why an Old Mystery Remains Unsolved"


 

March 24 2020 - 09:29 UT

New Moon

 

an image of a meteor flashing through the sky

 

March 24 2020 - 15:23 UT

Moon at Apogee
(furthest from the Earth = 406,690 km) M

 


March 24 2020 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Mercury - At Its Greatest Western Elongation (28°) - as seen from Earth

Venus - At Its Greatest Eastern Elongation (46°) - as seen from Earth

"The three-body problem shows us why we can’t accurately calculate the past"


March 25 2020 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Asteroid 2020 FJ4 encounter - miss distance 0.7 LD, size = 5 metres

"Following Comet Y1 ATLAS: the ‘Lost Comet’ of Spring"

"Comet ATLAS may soon be visible to the naked eye"


March 26 2020 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Apollo Asteroid 4581 Asciepius - Near-Earth Flyby (0.070 AU)

"The Sky This Week centred on Australasia March 26 - April 02"

"The Sun: Extremely loud and incredibly hot"


March 27 2020 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Apollo Asteroid 2012 XA133 Near-Earth Flyby (0.045 AU)

"How to explore the universe while you’re stuck at home"

"The heliosphere looks a lot weirder than we originally thought"


March 28 2020 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

"2020 Star Parties Update"


March 29 2020 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

European Summer Time - Set Clock Ahead 1 Hour - European Union

Aten Asteroid 2010 GD35 Near-Earth Flyby (0.039 AU)


March 30 2020 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Aten Asteroid 2006 FH36 Near-Earth Flyby (0.029 AU)

"Unlike Earth, Mars might not have had a global ocean of magma"


March 31 2020 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Mars Passes 0.8° From Saturn - as seen from Earth


To understand why the Skywatching Calendar is sometimes late here is some information about Fibromyalgia


"Star Mounds: Legacy of
a Native American Mystery"

by
Ross Hamilton

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"Solar System Maps:
From Antiquity to the Space Age"

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Nick Kanas

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

by
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:
Mythology
The Eyewitness Accounts 2"

by
M. M. Mandelkehr

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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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"The Power of Stars:
How Celestial Observations
Have Shaped Civilization"

by
Stephen M. Fabian

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"What are some of the connections that bind us to the stars? How have these connections been established?

And how have people all around the world and throughout time reacted to the night sky, the sun and moon, in their poetry, mythology, rituals, and temples?

This book explores the influence of the sky on both ancient and modern civilization, by providing a clear overview of the many ways in which humans have used the stars as an ordering principle in their cultures, and which today still inspire us intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually.

The book explores constellation lore from around the world, celestial alignments of monuments and temples, both from ancient and modern civilizations, and the role the sky has played in the cultures of the Greek, Egyptian, Babylonian, Native American, Chinese, Mayan, Aztec, and Inca.

Models of the universe from each of these cultures are described clearly, and each culture’s explanation of the stars, planets, and other celestial objects are described.

The roots of astronomy and astrology are presented with original imagery and reproductions of ancient manuscripts that portray the structure of the physical universe as conceived by a diverse array of human cultures over the centuries.

Our own scientific Big Bang cosmology and the origin of stars and elements are discussed in a philosophical context, to explore how we as modern people learn about the Universe, and incorporate the findings of science into our world views.

A concluding chapter provides a summary of modern science's effort to unlock the celestial secrets from the sky and from past civilizations, and what these answers mean for us today."

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"Imhotep The African:
Architect of the Cosmos"

by
Robert Bauval
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Thomas Brophy

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"In IMHOTEP THE AFRICAN, Egyptologist, Robert Bauval, and astrophysicist, Thomas Brophy, uncover the mystery of Imhotep, ancient Egyptian superstar, pharaonic Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Galileo and Newton all rolled into one.

Based on their research at the Step Pyramid Complex at Saqqara, Bauval and Brophy delve into observational astronomy to 'decode' the alignments and other design features of the Step Pyramid Complex, to uncover the true origins and genius of Imhotep."

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"Megalithic Sites in Britain"
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Alexander Thom

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"Megalithic Lunar Observatories"
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Alexander Thom

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"Megalithic Remains in Britain and Brittany"
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Alexander Thom

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"Carnac, The Alignments"
by
Howard Crowhurst

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"Howard Crowhurst in this book has presented the most brilliant analysis of a megalithic site in the entire history of archaeology.

His elucidations of the geometrical, mathematical, and astronomical principles by which ancient Carnac was constructed prove that megalithic science was astonishingly advanced.

The book gives us unprecedented insight into the minds of the intellectuals of a lost civilisation, which we may at last begin to comprehend as a result of what Crowhurst has found during more than twenty years of living on site.

His book is an epochal achievement."

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"Astronomy & Measurement in Megalithic Architecture"
by
Peter Harris
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Norman Stockdale

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"Alexander Thom:
Cracking The
Stone Age Code"

by
Robin Heath

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"Professor Alexander Thom was a foremost scientist and engineer of the last century.

Once Chair of Engineering Science at Brasenose College, Oxford, following an already distinguished career in both the academic and industrial world, during the War, he had been Principal Scientific Officer for the design of the High Speed Wind Tunnel at the Royal Aircraft Establishment, Farnborough, and had assisted Sir Barnes Wallace in the design of the famous 'bouncing bomb' of Dambuster's fame.

From 1934, Thom became interested in the megalithic culture that had erected the stone circles, rows and other monuments in Neolithic and Bronze Age Britain.

He began to accurately survey these sites, and in 1967 published "Megalithic Sites in Britain" (Oxford) where he claimed the builders had been skilled surveyors and astronomers, and had used an identical and accurate unit of length to mark out their constructions throughout Britain, a length he called the Megalithic yard (2.72 feet or 0.829m).

Thom also discovered that they were using a geometry based on right-angled 'Pythagorean' triangles, triangles whose sides were whole numbers of this same megalithic yard, or subdivisions or multiples of it.

He also proposed that they were observing both the sun and moon using precision alignments to identified sites or natural features on a distant horizon. He even showed that they could have predicted eclipses.

The book was described by archaeologist Professor Richard Atkinson as 'a well-constructed time-bomb dropped through the letterbox of archaeology', and it caused a huge rumpus within the profession.

In effect Thom had demonstrated that there was a huge missing component in our understanding of the Megalithic culture, one that archaeologists had totally missed, and that our model of prehistory was flawed and hopelessly inadequate."

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"The Seven Sisters of the Pleiades: Stories from Around the World"
by
Munya Andrews

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"The legends of the Seven Sisters of the Pleiades that poets, priests, prophets, shamans, storytellers, artists, singers, and historians have told throughout time are retold in this compilation of the stories that have found their inspiration in nine beautiful stars clustered together in the night sky.

While particular attention in this cross-cultural study is paid to the influence of the Pleiades cluster on the living traditions of indigenous people in North America, Australia, Japan, and the Pacific, much ancient mythology passed down through written and visual sources from ancient Egypt, India, Greece, and South America is also explored.

Appearances of the myths in the modern world are also mentioned, including American presidential elections, Halloween, Atlantis, the Titanic, and Subaru automobiles.

Serious astronomical research complements the variety of mythological explanations for the stars' existence by providing the modern world's scientific understanding of them."

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"Emu Dreaming:
An Introduction to Australian Aboriginal Astronomy"

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Ray Norris
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Cilla Norris

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"Avebury Cosmos:
The Neolithic World
of Avebury henge"

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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:
Sun, Moon and Earth"

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Maria Wheatley
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Busty Taylor

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"Living the Sky:
Cosmos of the American Indian"

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Ray A. Williamson

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"Chaco Astronomy:
An Ancient American Cosmology"

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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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"A Guide to Prehistoric
Astronomy in the Southwest"

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J. McKim Malville

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"Dr. J. McKim Malville has outdone himself in this guide to prehistoric astronomy.

Even a reader with little or no background in archaeoastronomy will like this book.

One reason is the tons of good photos and diagrams that can help anyone better appreciate the miraculous order of our solar system and the stars.

It would make a great gift for children between 10 and 16, potentially stimulating them to enter the field of science."

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"Patterns in the Sky:
An Introduction to Ethnoastronomy"

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Stephen M. Fabian

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"Since the beginning of humankind, people around the world have had a strong interest in the powers and beings perceived in the sky.

This compelling short work helps students fully understand and appreciate the ways in which non-Western indigenous and small-scale societies perceive, conceptualize, and make sure of what they astronomically observe.

With its concise explanations of prominent astronomical phenomena, discussions of relevant crosscultural examples, and instructive suggestions for active field research, Patterns in the Sky is a unique and practical guide for doing ethnoastronomy.

In addition, Fabian offers exercises in observational astronomy with the naked eye so that students can get in touch with the cosmos and natural world around them."

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"Before the Pyramids:
Cracking Archaeology's Greatest Mystery"

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Christopher Knight
and
Alan Butler

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"Were the pyramids of the pharaohs conceived in Britain?

The acclaimed coauthors of Civilization One think so, and they take readers on a gripping excursion into ancient religion and astronomy.

Knight and Butler not only establish the existence of an advanced civilization with astonishing, almost modern knowledge, but they also explain how the oldest Neolithic monuments - the henges of North Yorkshire - were planned, and their amazing connection to the later pyramids of Giza."

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