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KNOWN Potentially Hazardous Asteroids
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April 2020 Celestial Events & Space Research News

April 2020 SkyMaps & Sky Guides will not be available until April 1st

The Astronomy Picture of the Day feature will not be available until that date
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BBC The Sky at Night - April 2020

Meteorite Times Magazine - April 2020 - 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 2020 the Sunspot Number is ?


 

April 01 2020 - 11:21 UT

First Lunar Quarter

 


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April 07 2020 - 18:08 UT

Moon at Perigee
(closest to the Earth = 356,909 km) m

 


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April 08 2020 - 03:35 UT

Full Pink Moon
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April 14 2020 - 23:56 UT

Third Lunar Quarter

 


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April 20 2020 - 19:01 UT

Moon at Apogee
(furthest from the Earth = 406,463 km)

 


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Lyrids Meteor Shower History of Parent Comet

Lyrids Meteor Shower SkyMap


 

April 23 2020 - 03:27 UT

New Moon

 


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2020 Lyrids Meteor Shower Peak


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April 30 2020 - 21:38 UT

First Lunar Quarter

 


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

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SpaceWeather Information & Resources

Getting Ready for the Next Big Solar Storm

What is Heliophysics | NASA Living With a Star

NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center | The Australian Space Weather Agency

Space Weather Radio | ESA Space Environment Information System

Space weather influences on atmospheric electricity

Realtime Space Weather Photo Gallery

Realtime Comet Photo Gallery


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

 

 

May 2020 Celestial Events & Space Research News

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BBC The Sky at Night - May 2020

Meteorite Times Magazine - May 2020 - usually up online the middle of the month

Radio Jove - Solar & Planetary Radio Astronomy for Schools

At the start of May 2020 the Sunspot Number is ?


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Eta Aquarids Meteor Shower Peak

Eta Aquarids Meteor Shower SkyMap

Eta Aquarid Meteor Shower in 2020


 

May 06 2020 - 03:03 UT

Moon at Perigee
(closest to the Earth = 359,656 km)

 


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n–Aquarid meteor shower


 

May 07 2020 - 11:45 UT

Full Flower Moon

 


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May 14 2020 - 15:03 UT

Third Lunar Quarter

 


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May 18 2020 - 07:45 UT

Moon at Apogee
(furthest from the Earth = 405,584 km)

 


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May 22 2020 - 18:39 UT

New Moon

 


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May 30 2020 - 04:30 UT

First Lunar Quarter

 


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

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SpaceWeather Information & Resources

Getting Ready for the Next Big Solar Storm

What is Heliophysics | NASA Living With a Star

NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center | The Australian Space Weather Agency

Space Weather Radio | ESA Space Environment Information System

Space weather influences on atmospheric electricity

Realtime Space Weather Photo Gallery

Realtime Comet Photo Gallery


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

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

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

 

 

June 2020 Celestial Events & Space Research News

June 2020 SkyMaps & Sky Guides NOT AVAILABLE UNTIL June 1st

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BBC The Sky at Night - June 2020

Meteorite Times Magazine - June 2020 - usually up online the middle of the month

Radio Jove - Solar & Planetary Radio Astronomy for Schools

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June 03 2020 - 03:36 UT

Moon at Perigee
(closest to the Earth = 364,366 km)

 


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June 05 2020 - 20:12 UT

Full Strawberry Moon

 


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June 13 2020 - 07:24 UT

Third Lunar Quarter

 


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June 15 2020 - 00:56 UT

Moon at Apogee
(furthest from the Earth = 404,597 km)

 


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June 20 2020 - 21:44 UT

Alban Hefyn
Summer Solstice

 


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June 21 2020 - 07:42 UT

New Moon

 


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June 28 2020 - 09:16 UT

First Lunar Quarter

 


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June 30 2020 - 02:09 UT

Moon at Perigee
(closest to the Earth = 368,958 km) M

 


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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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