With the evening sky becoming darker as the year goes on, the brighter stars are becoming more prominent and the constellation figures are coming back
“In early 1967 the late Prof. Oscar Schwiglhofer , founder of the Scottish Branch of the British Interplanetary Society which by then had become independent as ASTRA, was given the chance to use a simulation of a Moon landing on a Strathclyde University computer programme.”
Interested in finding out more about The Moon? The Orkney News has several articles about The Moon, many of them written by space expert Duncan Lunan.
Artist’s rendition of the proposed solar shield tethered to an asteroid as a counterweight. Image credit: Credit: Brooks Bays/UH Institute for Astronomy
The Moon will be Full on August 3rd, and again on August 31st, a ‘Blue Moon’ Full twice in the same month, and both of them ‘Supermoons’ when it is at its closest to Earth as well as Full.
An illustration of the planet AU Mic b shedding its atmosphere as it orbits its sun, AU Microscopii. Image credit: NASA, ESA, Joseph Olmsted, STScI.
“just when I thought it was safe to come out of the moonlight”…Petavius B pyramidal closeup
Solar activity 3000 BC to present, by Nick Portwin after John A. Eddy).Find out more in this article by Duncan Lunan
The Moon will be Full on July 3rd, a Supermoon when it is at its closest to Earth as well as Full. It will be New on July 17th, near Venus and Mercury on the 19th and 20th, with Mars in the background but now very much fainter than the inner planets.
‘Crossing the Crater’ by cosmonaut artist Andrei Sokolov. Reported sightings of strange events involving the Moon go back for at least a thousand years…