On 12th of September 1959 the USSR (Union of Soviet Socialist Republics), launched Luna 2. It was to be the first spacecraft to impact on the moon.
“Watching a recorded episode of QI, I learnt that there are 97 bags of human poo on the moon.”
A new technique for processing lunar radar data has allowed scientists to see what lies beneath the surface of the Moon in the clearest ever detail.
“Most of the great discoveries of astronomy, by Galileo and his successors, were made using telescopes which were very small by modern standards”
Nobody has seen a lunar eclipse from a lunar viewpoint, though artists have been fascinated by the prospect for a long time.
The planet Mercury is at its best for the year in May, higher than Venus in the evening sky for most of the month.
In anticipation of the Chang’e 5 returned sample analysis, Duncan Lunan reviews what we have learned to date.
Part 5 of Duncan Lunan’s Guide looks at The Moon
To be an amateur astronomer on any level involves learning the constellations of the night sky.
The moon controls one of the most formidable forces in nature – the tides that shape our coastlines. Tides, in turn, significantly affect the intensity of methane emissions from the Arctic Ocean seafloor.