Part 2 of Duncan Lunan’s series looking at Solstice and equinoxes – the Moon and planets
“The plane of the Earth’s orbit around the Sun is the Ecliptic, the center line of the Zodiac, and the Earth’s axis is inclined to it by 23.5 degrees”
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“The four large Jupiter moons, discovered by Galileo and called the Galilean satellites in his memory, are Io, Europa, Ganymede and Callisto, in order out from the planet.”
Jupiter is much further from the Sun than Mars and is passed by the Earth every 13 months, so it’s brilliant in the night sky for much of every year.
The Moon will be New on September 7th, and Full on September 21st, the day before the Autumn equinox
“In some circles, only unmanned exploration of Mars would be considered acceptable”
“To Mars!” was the watchword of the Russian rocket pioneer Friedrich Tsander,
In the last of his series on Mars, Duncan Lunan looks at the possibility of life on the planet
Europe’s Mars Express is still in orbit around the red planet, where it was joined by Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter