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Saturn reaches Opposition (this means it is directly opposite the Sun as seen from Earth and so at it’s brightest) on 10th May at 18:00 GMT / 19:00 BST (do note however that it doesn’t rise until about 20:15 BST) reaching Magnitude +0.1 in the constellation of Libra. You may notice a brightening effect around the […]Continue Reading »
We haven’t posted any news roundups for a few weeks, so this is a bumper crop. Thanks to everyone who’s been sending things in! Date Title/Link Source Submitted by 24th May 2013 Crack team of seamstresses from underwear maker Playtex revealed as secret behind the Apollo spacesuits Daily Mail Ken Clarke 24th May 2013 First […]Continue Reading »
The UK’s first official astronaut is chosen; Zombie Comets from Interplanetary Space; Priceless samples of the Moon rediscovered after being misplaced over 40 years ago; and more… Date Title/Link Source Submitted by 19th May 2013 Evidence of the existence of ’multiverse’ revealed for the first time by cosmic map Daily Mail Ken Clarke 20th May […]Continue Reading »
A tantalising taste of Titanian topography; the Southern Hemisphere’s only dedicated professional comet-hunting telescope may be forced to shut down; and a Near Earth Asteroid provides opportunities for the press to make tenuous statements about ocean liners and the Royal Family. Date Title/Link Source Submitted by 14th May 2013 40 Years Later, Skylab Space Station […]Continue Reading »
Just over seven years ago, on the 14th January 2005 at approximately 11:30 UTC, the Huygens probe (part of the Cassini-Huygens mission to Saturn) touched down on the surface of Titan. The video below, released for the 5th anniversary of the probe’s touchdown, is a time-compressed montage of what was imaged as Huygens descended through […]Continue Reading »