1st colour image of Earth from ATS, Nov 10 1967. Explore the Earth as viewed from Space with Duncan Lunan
The Sky Above You – May 2023
Jupiter is now in the morning sky, rising about 4 a.m. on the border of Pisces and Aries, occulted in daylight by the Moon as seen from Scotland on May 17th.
The Sky Above You – April 2023
The Lyrid meteor shower from the 1861 Comet Thatcher (not due back till 2283) peak on the night of 22nd-23rd April, and as the Moon sets early in the night there’s a better chance of seeing them.
Space Notes: Solar System Exploration
In 1978 NASA was investigating the environment around the Earth’s orbit with Pioneer 6, 7, 8 and 9
The Sky Above You – March 2023
The Moon will be Full on March 7th, and it will be New on March 21st, the day after the spring equinox on March 20th.
Space Notes by Duncan Lunan, Rotorcraft in Space
“There were joint studies by NASA and ESA for a Montgolfière hot-air balloon with a radioactive isotope power source, and NASA’s Innovative Advanced Concepts office added the Titan Aerial Daughtercraft (TAD), a small helicopter which would return periodically to the balloon to recharge its batteries”
A History of the Universe in 100 Stars (2022): Book Review
“This book consists of 100 chapters, each 2-3 pages long, and each supposedly covering a single star, not in alphabetical order or by constellation, which is how beginners’ books usually do it. “
The Sky Above You – January 2023
Uranus in Aries was multiply occulted by the Moon last year, two of the events visible from the UK, and on January 1st it will happen again around 10.20 p.m., depending on location, for viewers north of a line from Cork to Norwich, with the reappearance at 11.08 p.m., as seen from Edinburgh.
The Southern Sky
Venus and the Pleiades over Australia, Aug 2017 by Yuri Beletsky – Orion at top, Betelgeuse at foot
“From an early stage in planning space exploration, the benefits for astronomy were obvious. “