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Skywatching Calendar January 01 - March 31 2017

text translation service for many worldwide languages

 

IMPORTANT CHANGES FOR THE 2017 CALENDAR

This year The Morien Institute Skywatching Calendar will focus on many more aspects of astronomy news with video clips, and updates and analysis of PHAs and comet threats.

 

Skywatching Calendars for:
April - June 2017 | July - September 2017 | October - December 2017

 


For Your Safety When Daytime Skywatching Please Visit These Websites:

Safe SunWatching | Observing Eclipses Safely | Safely Viewing Sunspots
Safety In Sight | Solar and Heliospheric Observatory


Useful Websites for Skywatchers:

Theodore von Kármán Lecture Series 2017

Space Weather Radio

NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day Archive 1996 to present

António Cidadão's Practical Advice for Astrophotography & CCD Imaging

Phil Plait's Bad Astronomy Website debunks astro-nonsense

How do I translate Universal Time (UT) into my time?


As of February 20 2017
according to Near-Earth Asteroid (NEO) monitoring groups there were
1775
KNOWN Potentially Hazardous Asteroids
in Earth-crossing orbits


Why Does This Number Go Up, Then Sometimes Go Down?

Book an Educational Visit to the UK SpaceGuard Centre
The National Near Earth Objects Information Centre
is located in Knighton, Powys, LD7 1LW, Wales, United Kingdom

It is open for Public Tours (suitable for ages 9+), and also for
School Tours (suitable for primary & secondary schools)

They are are easily accessible - See Map and directions


Impact Craters on Earth, our Moon
and the other planets in our Solar System

USAF Archive of Fireball Data Releases

NASA JPL Asteroid Watch

The Longterm Impact Hazard to Earth

 

The 3,600 year-old Nebra Sky Disc

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Made of bronze, with gold decorations of the Sun, Moon and Pleiades
click the image to find out more

 

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SpaceWeather Information & Resources
Getting Ready for the Next Big Solar Storm
What is Heliophysics | NASA Living With a Star | Heliophysics Summer School
NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center | The Australian Space Weather Agency
Space Weather Radio | ESA Space Environment Information System
Realtime Space Weather Photo Gallery
Realtime Comet Photo Gallery

a solar wind image link to the australian spaceweather agency home page

Heliophysics is a fast-developing scientific discipline that integrates studies of the Sun's variability,
the surrounding heliosphere, and the environment and climate of planets

Over the past few centuries, our understanding of how the Sun drives space weather and climate
on the Earth and other planets has advanced at an ever increasing rate

 

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January 2017 Celestial Events & Space Research News

January 2017 SkyMaps & Sky Guides will not be available until January 1st

The Astronomy Picture of the Day feature will not be available until that date
It is updated daily using Universal Time (UT) which is the same as GMT

 

January 2017 - SkyMaps & Celestial Guides .....
BBC The Sky at Night - January 2017
Meteorite Times Magazine - January 2017 - usually available middle of the month
Radio Jove - Solar & Planetary Radio Astronomy for Schools
The Cassini Solstice Mission - Latest News & Current Location
At the start of January 2017 the Sunspot Number is 11
Your 2017 Aussie sky Guides - January 2017
Tour January’s Sky: Spot Two Star Clusters - from Sky & Telescope

January 01 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
As of today there are 1755 known Potentially Hazardous Asteroids
Mars Passes 0.02° From Neptune - as seen from Earth with a suitable telescope

January 02 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Apollo Asteroid 226514 (2003 UX34) - Near-Earth Flyby (0.049 AU)

January 03 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
As of today there are 1756 known Potentially Hazardous Asteroids
Quadrantids (QUA) Meteor Shower Peak 14:00 UT - IMO Details - but watch earlier
Quadrantids Meteor Shower - SkyMap & History
Quadrantids Meteor Shower
"Meteors from a Shattered Comet: the Quadrantids"
"Interstellar filaments in Polaris"

 

January 04 2016 - 14:00 UT

Earth at Perihelion
(closest to the Sun = 0.983 AU)

 

January 04 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Apollo Asteroid 2016 XK Near-Earth Flyby (0.043 AU)
"Penitentes as the origin of the bladed terrain of Tartarus Dorsa on Pluto"
"A direct localization of a fast radio burst and its host"

January 04-07 2016 - Conferences, Workshops & Star Parties .....
National Radio Science Meeting (NRSM)
Boulder, Colorado, USA

 

January 05 2017 - 19:47 UT

First Lunar Quarter

 

January 05 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
"'Sicilian Stonehenge' discovered by amateur archaeologists"
"ESA Mission Preview 2017" - ESA video

January 06 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
As of today there are 1757 known Potentially Hazardous Asteroids
"A chunk of interplanetary debris recently slammed into Mars and left this fresh crater"
"Global colour mosaic of Dione"

January 07 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Asteroid 2017 AZ3 flyby - miss distance 1.3 LD, size = 5 metres
Apollo Asteroid 85990 (1999 JV6) - Near-Earth Flyby (0.069 AU)

January 08 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Asteroid 2017 AS4 flyby - miss distance 1.5 LD, size = 21 metres
Stephen Hawking's 75th Birthday (1942)

January 09 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
As of today there are 1758 known Potentially Hazardous Asteroids
Asteroid 2017 AG13 flyby - miss distance 0.5 LD, size = 27 metres
"The Milky Way’s giant black hole chews up stars and spits out planets"
"Global colour mosaic of Dione"

January 09-14 2016 - Conferences, Workshops & Star Parties .....
2nd Fudan Winter School on Astrophysical Black Holes
Shanghai, China

 

January 10 2017 - 06:07 UT

Moon at Perigee
(closest to the Earth = 363,242 km)

 

January 10 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
SETI Lecture: The Late Veneer and Earth's Habitability
Mountain View, California, USA
"Asteroid sleuths go back to the future"
"Legendary radio telescope hangs in the balance"

January 10-14 2016 - Conferences, Workshops & Star Parties .....
Wide Band Spectral and Timing Studies of Cosmic X-ray Sources
TIFR-Mumbai, India

January 11 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
As of today there are 1759 known Potentially Hazardous Asteroids
The Young Restless Sun and the Origin of Life on Earth
Greenbelt, Maryland, USA

January 11-13 2016 - Conferences, Workshops & Star Parties .....
16th Meeting of the NASA Small Bodies Assessment Group
Tucson, Arizona, USA

 

January 12 2017 - 11:34 UT

Full Wolf Moon

 

January 12 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Venus - At Its Greatest Eastern Elongation (47 Degrees)
"The Moon is much older than everyone thought"
"Are there volcanoes on comets?"

January 12 & 13 2016 - Conferences, Workshops & Star Parties .....
Exoplanets Lectures: The Quest for Strange New Worlds
Pasadena, California, USA

January 13 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Venus Passes 0.4° From Neptune - as seen from Earth with a suitable telescope
Meeting: Multi-scale Dynamic Auroral Processes
RAS, London, UK
"Mystery Object in Cygnus A Galaxy"
"Catching Cassini’s call"

January 14 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day

January 14-18 2016 - Conferences, Workshops & Star Parties .....
Dawn of Galaxies
Obergurgl, Austria

January 15 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Apollo Asteroid 265482 (2005 EE) - Near-Earth Flyby (0.068 AU)

January 16 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
"Proxima Centauri b Likely a Desert World"

January 17 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
As of today there are 1761 known Potentially Hazardous Asteroids
The January 2017 edition of Meteorite Times magazine is now up online
"Akatsuki Spies Massive Wave on Venus"
"This study shows Earth may have harbored complex life 2 billion years ago"

January 18 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Apollo Asteroid 2015 BB Near-Earth Flyby (0.035 AU)
"The $2.4-billion plan to steal a rock from Mars"
"e.Deorbit grabbing debris"
"Space-weather forecast to improve with European satellite"
"Vesta, Brightest Asteroid, Now High Overhead"

 

January 19 2017 - 22:13 UT

Third Lunar Quarter

 

January 19 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Mercury - At Its Greatest Western Elongation (24 Degrees) - as seen from Earth
"The Sky This Week centred on Australasia January 19 - January 26"
"Origin of Our Galaxy’s Most Distant Stars"
"Ancient Sundial Shaped Like Ham Was Roman Pocket Watch"
"Curiosity examines possible mud cracks on Mars"

January 20 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
"The Incredible Skies of Namibia"

January 21 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Amor Asteroid 2015 BG4 Near-Earth Flyby (0.069 AU)
"Earth and Moon from Mars"

 

January 22 2017 - 00:14 UT

Moon at Apogee
(furthest from the Earth = 404,913 km)

 

January 22 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Comet 323P/SOHO - At Opposition (0.536 AU)

January 23 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
"Frost build-up near Mars north pole"

January 23-27 2016 - Conferences, Workshops & Star Parties .....
Workshop: Ices in the Solar System
Madrid, Spain

January 24 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Apollo Asteroid 2011 CO14 - Near-Earth Flyby (0.059 AU)
"Fallout from an ancient asteroid collision still rains on Earth"

January 25 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Asteroid 2017 BX flyby - miss distance 0.7 LD, size = 11 metres
Apollo Asteroid 7341 (1991 VK) - Near-Earth Flyby (0.065 AU)
"China sets November launch for lunar sample return mission"
"The isotopic nature of the Earth’s accreting material through time"

January 26 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
As of today there are 1764 known Potentially Hazardous Asteroids
"The Sky This Week centred on Australasia January 26 - February 02"
"Temple atop Shackleton Crater"

January 27 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
As of today there are 1765 known Potentially Hazardous Asteroids
"Ruthenium isotopic evidence for an inner Solar System origin of the late veneer"

 

January 28 2017 - 00:07 UT

New Moon

 

January 28 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Chinese New Year

January 29 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day

January 30 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Asteroid 2017 BH30 flyby - miss distance 0.1 LD, size = 8 metres
"Cheops solar cells"

January 31 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Asteroid 2017 BJ30 flyby - miss distance 1 LD, size = 21 metres
Asteroid 2017 BB7 flyby - miss distance 3 LD, size = 12 metres
"Micrometeorites Found on City Rooftops"

 

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Getting Ready for the Next Big Solar Storm
What is Heliophysics | NASA Living With a Star | Heliophysics Summer School
NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center | The Australian Space Weather Agency
Space Weather Radio | ESA Space Environment Information System
Realtime Space Weather Photo Gallery
Realtime Comet Photo Gallery

a solar wind image link to the australian spaceweather agency home page

Heliophysics is a fast-developing scientific discipline that integrates studies of the Sun's variability,
the surrounding heliosphere, and the environment and climate of planets

Over the past few centuries, our understanding of how the Sun drives space weather and climate
on the Earth and other planets has advanced at an ever increasing rate

 

CURRENT MOON

 

February 2017 Celestial Events & Space Research News

February 2017 SkyMaps & Sky Guides will not be available until February 1st

The Astronomy Picture of the Day feature will not be available until that date
It is updated daily using Universal Time (UT) which is the same as GMT

February 2017 - SkyMaps & Celestial Guides ......
BBC The Sky at Night - February 2017
Meteorite Times Magazine - February 2017 - usually available middle of the month
Radio Jove - Solar & Planetary Radio Astronomy for Schools
The Cassini Solstice Mission - Latest News & Current Location
Aussie Sky Guide: What constellations, stars and planets to see in February
At the start of February 2017 the Sunspot Number is 42

February 01 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Asteroid 2017 BN92 flyby - miss distance 4.8 LD, size = 32 metres
As of today there are 1770 known Potentially Hazardous Asteroids
Aten Asteroid 364136 (2006 CJ) - Near-Earth Flyby (0.080 AU)
"A newly discovered asteroid zipped between Earth and the Moon yesterday"

February 01-03 2016 - Conferences, Workshops & Star Parties .....
Workshop: Radio Science for Humanity
Sophia Antipolis, France

February 02 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Asteroid 2017 BS32 flyby - miss distance 0.4 LD, size = 15 metres
"The case of Ceres’ disappearing volcanoes"
"The Sky This Week centred on Australasia February 02 - February 09"
"Swirling spirals at the north pole of Mars"

February 03 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
As of today there are 1771 known Potentially Hazardous Asteroids
"A Deep Penumbral Lunar Eclipse" - see February 11 2017 for details

 

February 04 2017 - 04:19 UT

First Lunar Quarter

 

February 04 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Aten Asteroid 2005 VL1 - Near-Earth Flyby (0.023 AU)
Apollo Asteroid 2015 CE1 Near-Earth Flyby (0.061 AU)
"The Race To Image Exoplanets Heats Up!"

February 05 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Asteroid 2017 BG30 flyby - miss distance 2.5 LD, size = 6 metres
Aten Asteroid 2011 EP51 - Near-Earth Flyby (0.090 AU)
"Comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova (45P for short) is approaching Earth"

 

February 06 2017 - 13:59 UT

Moon at Perigee
(closest to the Earth = 368,817 km)

 

February 06 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
As of today there are 1774 known Potentially Hazardous Asteroids
Asteroid 2017 CR flyby - miss distance 4.3 LD, size = 21 metres
Apollo Asteroid 459872 (2014 EK24) - Near-Earth Flyby (0.060 AU)
"Shedding star"
"Does an Anomaly in the Earth’s Magnetic Field Portend a Coming Pole Reversal?"
"Ancient Annular: Dating Joshua’s Eclipse"

February 07 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Apollo Asteroid 2015 BN509 Near-Earth Flyby (0.042 AU)
"Angling up for Mars science"

February 08 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Asteroid 2017 BM93 flyby - miss distance 3.4 LD, size = 21 metres
"Blue jets studied from Space Station"
"Astroparticle physics: Dark matter remains elusive"

February 09 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
"The Sky This Week centred on Australasia February 09 - February 16"
"Comet 45P close approach to Earth" - SkyMap looking East before sunrise today

February 10 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
As of today there are 1773 known Potentially Hazardous Asteroids (PHA)
Why Does The PHA Number Go Up, Then Sometimes Go Down?
Aten Asteroid 2014 DV110 - Near-Earth Flyby (0.025 AU)
Understanding the Space environment Before the Space Age
RAS, London, UK
"Comet 45P close approach to Earth" - SkyMap looking East before sunrise today
"Green Comet 45P and a rare winking star lead February's sky line up"

 

February 11 2017 - 00:33 UT

Full Snow Moon

 

February 11 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Penumbral Lunar Eclipse - visible from the Americas, Europe, Africa, and most of Asia
Visibility Map for February 2017 Penumbral Lunar Eclipse - mid-eclipse 00:44 UT
"Comet 45P close approach to Earth" - SkyMap looking East before sunrise today

February 12 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
70th Anniversary (1947), Sikhote Alin Meteorite Fall in Russia
Apollo Asteroid 2015 QR3 Near-Earth Flyby (0.034 AU)
Apollo Asteroid 2014 QC3 Near-Earth Flyby (0.050 AU)
"Comet 45P close approach to Earth" - SkyMap looking East before sunrise today

February 12-18 2016 - Conferences, Workshops & Star Parties .....
Cosmology on Safari 2017
KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

February 13 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day

February 14 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
"Asteroid Day annual Press Conference Live from Luxembourg" - Starts 13:30 UT
"Ariane 5’s first launch this year"

February 15 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Apollo Asteroid 2016 CN248 Near-Earth Flyby (0.096 AU)

February 16 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
"The Sky This Week centred on Australasia February 16 - February 23"

February 17 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Asteroid 2017 BW flyby - miss distance 4.6 LD, size = 87 metres
"Scientists Find Organics on Ceres"

 

February 18 2017 - 19:33 UT

Third Lunar Quarter

 

an image of a meteor flashing through the sky

 

February 18 2017 - 21:14 UT

Moon at Apogee
(furthest from the Earth = 404,376 km)

 

February 18 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Apollo Asteroid 2016 CA138 Near-Earth Flyby (0.059 AU)

February 19 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Asteroid 2017 DF flyby - miss distance 2.1 LD, size = 21 metres
Asteroid 15 Eunomia - At Opposition (8.9 Magnitude)

February 20 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
As of today there are 1775 known Potentially Hazardous Asteroids (PHA)
Asteroid 2017 DB flyby - miss distance 1.8 LD, size = 17 metres
"Annular Eclipse of the Sun February 26 2017" - Animation by Shadow & Substance
"Star formation on filaments in RCW106"

February 20-23 2016 - Conferences, Workshops & Star Parties .....
Winter School in Astronomy
Hyderabad, India

February 21 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
"The brightest, furthest pulsar in the Universe"

February 22 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Apollo Asteroid 2016 CO246 Near-Earth Flyby (0.039 AU)
"This tiny solar system packs in seven Earth-size planets"
"Seven Earth-Sized Planets Orbit Dim Star"
"Pluto could be staging a comeback — and it’s not alone"

February 23 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Asteroid 2017 BY93 flyby - miss distance 2.4 LD, size = 102 metres
"The Sky This Week centred on Australasia February 23 - March 02"

February 24 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Asteroid 2017 CP1 flyby - miss distance 3.6 LD, size = 52 metres
Aten Asteroid 5604 (1992 FE) - Near-Earth Flyby (0.034 AU)

February 25 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Asteroid 2017 DR34 flyby - miss distance 0.6 LD, size = 7 metres

 

February 26 2017 - 14:58 UT

New Moon

 

February 26 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Annular Solar Eclipse - visible from Chile, Argentia, West Africa
Annimated visibility Map for the Annular Solar Eclipse
Apollo Asteroid 2016 FU12 Near-Earth Flyby (0.042 AU)
Apollo Asteroid 2014 HP4 Near-Earth Flyby (0.073 AU)

February 27 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Mars Passes 0.6° From Uranus - as seen from Earth with a suitable telescope
Apollo Asteroid 2005 QB5 - Near-Earth Flyby (0.056 AU)
Asteroid 2017 DV36 flyby - miss distance 1 LD, size = 12 metres
"Science checkout continues for ExoMars orbiter"
"The evolution of SN 1987A"
"Watch the ‘Ring of Fire’ Eclipse"

February 27-28 2016 - Conferences, Workshops & Star Parties .....
Workshop on Chondrules and the Protoplanetary Disk
USRA, London, UK

February 28 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Asteroid 2017 DJ16 flyby - miss distance 4.1 LD, size = 30 metres

 

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Getting Ready for the Next Big Solar Storm
What is Heliophysics | NASA Living With a Star | Heliophysics Summer School
NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center | The Australian Space Weather Agency
Space Weather Radio | ESA Space Environment Information System
Realtime Space Weather Photo Gallery
Realtime Comet Photo Gallery

a solar wind image link to the australian spaceweather agency home page

Heliophysics is a fast-developing scientific discipline that integrates studies of the Sun's variability,
the surrounding heliosphere, and the environment and climate of planets

Over the past few centuries, our understanding of how the Sun drives space weather and climate
on the Earth and other planets has advanced at an ever increasing rate

 

CURRENT MOON

 

March 2017 Celestial Events & Space Research News

March 2017 SkyMaps & Sky Guides will not be available until March 1st

The Astronomy Picture of the Day feature will not be available until that date
It is updated daily using Universal Time (UT) which is the same as GMT

March 2017 - SkyMaps & Celestial Guides .......
BBC The Sky at Night - March 2017
Meteorite Times Magazine - March 2017 - usually available middle of the month
Radio Jove - Solar & Planetary Radio Astronomy for Schools
The Cassini Solstice Mission - Latest News & Current Location
At the start of March 2017 the Sunspot Number is ?

March 01 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day

March 02 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Asteroid 2012 DR32 flyby - miss distance 4.7 LD, size = 52 metres
Aten Asteroid 2012 DR32 Near-Earth Flyby (0.007 AU)
Apollo Asteroid 2011 OJ45 - Near-Earth Flyby (0.079 AU)

 

March 03 2017 - 07:24 UT

Moon at Perigee
(closest to the Earth = 369,065 km)

 

March 03 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Apollo Asteroid 2016 RZ17 Near-Earth Flyby (0.078 AU)

March 04 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Mercury Passes 1.1° From Neptune - as seen from Earth with a suitable telescope

 

March 05 2017 - 11:32 UT

First Lunar Quarter

 

March 05 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day

March 06 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Valentina Tereshkova's 80th Birthday (1937)

March 06-10 2016 - Conferences, Workshops & Star Parties .....
Diversity of Planetary Circulation Regimes, in our Solar System and Beyond
Les Houches, France

March 07 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day

March 08 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Aten Asteroid 2014 HB124 Near-Earth Flyby (0.092 AU)

March 08-10 2016 - Conferences, Workshops & Star Parties .....
7th International Workshop on Occultation and Eclipse
Hafshejan & Shahr-e Kord, Iran

March 09 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day

March 10 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Asteroid 2017 DA36 flyby - miss distance 4 LD, size = 46 metres
Apollo Asteroid 2015 EF Near-Earth Flyby (0.048 AU)
Apollo Asteroid 138404 (2000 HA24) - Near-Earth Flyby (0.067 AU)
Apollo Asteroid 2008 CA6 - Near-Earth Flyby (0.084 AU)
Comet 2P/Encke - Perihelion (0.336 AU)
High-latitude magnetospheres: Earth, Jupiter, and Saturn
RAS, London, UK

March 11 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Apollo Asteroid 2012 EQ10 - Near-Earth Flyby (0.045 AU)
Aten Asteroid 2016 EX202 Near-Earth Flyby (0.053 AU)

 

March 12 2017 - 14:54 UT

Full Worm Moon

 

March 12 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Daylight Saving - Set Clock Ahead 1 Hour - United States
Comet 2P/Encke - Closest Approach To Earth (0.655 AU)

March 13 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day

March 14 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Aten Asteroid 2005 ES70 - Near-Earth Flyby (0.056 AU)

March 15 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day

March 16 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Mercury Passes 9.5° From Venus - as seen from Earth with unaided eyes
Apollo Asteroid 1998 SL36 Near-Earth Flyby (0.021 AU)

March 17 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day

 

March 18 2017 - 17:25 UT

Moon at Apogee
(furthest from the Earth = 404,651 km)

 

March 18 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day

March 19 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day

March 19-25 2016 - Conferences, Workshops & Star Parties .....
16th Electromagnetic and Light Scattering Conference
NASA, College Park, Maryland, USA

 

March 20 2017 - 10:29 UT

Alban Eilir
Vernal (Spring) Equinox

 

an image of a meteor flashing through the sky

 

March 20 2017 - 15:58 UT

Third Lunar Quarter

 

March 20 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day

March 20-24 2016 - Conferences, Workshops & Star Parties .....
48th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (LPSC)
USRA, The Woodlands, Texas, USA

March 21 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day

March 22 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day

March 23 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day

March 24 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day

March 25 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day

March 26 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Apollo Asteroid 2015 TC25 Near-Earth Flyby (0.020 AU)
European Summer Time - Set Clock Ahead 1 Hour - (European Union)
20th Anniversary (1997), Heaven's Gate Mass Suicide

March 27 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Mercury Passes 2.4° From Uranus - as seen from Earth with a suitable telescope
Aten Asteroid 2010 EG21 - Near-Earth Flyby (0.074 AU)

 

March 28 2017 - 02:57 UT

New Moon

 

March 28 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Apollo Asteroid 215588 (2003 HF2) - Near-Earth Flyby (0.043 AU)
Apollo Asteroid 2006 HW50 - Near-Earth Flyby (0.064 AU)

March 29 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day

 

March 30 2017 - 12:39 UT

Moon at Perigee
(closest to the Earth = 363,855 km)

 

March 30 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day

March 31 2017 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
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Civilizations in Anatolia and Greece, through Egypt and the Middle East, and eastward to India and Central Asia were at their height. The collapse of these civilizations due to earthquakes and climatic changes has been mirrored by similar interruptions on all continents, in the Arctic, and extending to the Pacific.

The discontinuities have long puzzled archaeologists and historians. New religions and accompanying mythologies appeared at this time in all cultural regions describing bombardment and flooding from the skies.

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Simultaneous with the meteoroid fall was a huge downpouring of water which caused flash flooding. Extensive destruction and loss of life resulted. An astonishing aspect of the event was the formation of a ring surrounding the Earth, reflecting sunlight during the day, hiding some stars at night, and moving around the sky through a 24-hour period.

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The Earth's encounter with a dense cluster of large objects would produce atmospheric phenomena very different from the pleasant and interesting night displays of meteor trails that are within our own experience.

The rain of objects would have generated extraordinary visual and auditory effects combined with ground vibrations; and under extreme conditions would bring about severe surface destruction and loss of life.

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The roots of astronomy and astrology are presented with original imagery and reproductions of ancient manuscripts that portray the structure of the physical universe as conceived by a diverse array of human cultures over the centuries.

Our own scientific Big Bang cosmology and the origin of stars and elements are discussed in a philosophical context, to explore how we as modern people learn about the Universe, and incorporate the findings of science into our world views.

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The book gives us unprecedented insight into the minds of the intellectuals of a lost civilisation, which we may at last begin to comprehend as a result of what Crowhurst has found during more than twenty years of living on site.

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Mann throws light on the motive behind the creation of its awe-inspiring mounds and megaliths by demonstrating that they were aligned to the cycles of the Sun, Moon and stars.

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The discovery proposed a cosmology at Chaco, and the book looks at the people who lived in the San Juan Basin from 850 AD to 1300, developing an elaborate culture around the cycles of the sun and moon.

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