The Morien Institute - The events of December 16th to 22nd 1994, when the remnants of a fragmenting comet, P/Shoemaker-Levy 9, bombarded the surface of Jupiter causing fireballs many times the size of our own planet, were an abrupt wake-up call even for those who were aware of them. The historical sciences generally, and archæology in particular, have collectively painted a picture of the past as if our planet stands alone in empty space. Nothing could be further from reality. Our resilient planet exists in a solar system that has experienced a very dynamic history over the past 20 to 30 millennia, and it is only from this wider solar system perspective that the true history of human civilisation will ever be fully understood. The Morien Institute archive therefore contains relevant material from many disciplines.

an image of a meteor flashing through the sky

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Skywatching Calendar January 01 - March 31 2018

text translation service for many worldwide languages

 

This year The Morien Institute Skywatching Calendar will be much reduced compared to previous years

 

Skywatching Calendars for:
April - June 2018 | July - September 2018 | October - December 2018

 


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

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 January 17 2018
according to Near-Earth Asteroid (NEO) monitoring groups there were
1882
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
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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

 

January 2018 Celestial Events & Space Research News

January 2018 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 2018 - SkyMaps & Celestial Guides .....
BBC The Sky at Night - January 2018
Meteorite Times Magazine - January 2018 - usually available middle of the month
Radio Jove - Solar & Planetary Radio Astronomy for Schools
At the start of January 2018 the Sunspot Number is 0

 

January 01 2018 - 21:54 UT

Moon at Perigee
(closest to the Earth = 356,566 km) m

 

January 01 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Mercury - At Its Greatest Western Elongation (23°) - as seen from Earth
Apollo Asteroid 2017 YD Near-Earth Flyby (0.049 AU)
"The next astronomical revolution"
"Hubble Space Telescope Spots Megamaser Galaxy: UGC 6093"
"Looking Ahead: Space Missions for 2018"
"Black-hole-regulated star formation in massive galaxies"
"Your zodiac guide: The year in (real) stars"

 

January 02 2018 - 02:24 UT

Full Wolf Moon

 

January 02 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Asteroid 2018 AH encounter - miss distance 0.8 LD, size = 112 metres
Aten Asteroid 2015 RT1 Near-Earth Flyby (0.050 AU)
"Poor Year for the Quadrantid Meteor Shower"
"Central Black Holes Control Star Formation in Massive Galaxies: Study"
"2018 ESA Mission Preview" - ESA video
"Did the solar system form in a bubble?"
"Blue moon, blood moon to be visible on 31 January"

 

January 03 2016 - 05:35 UT

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

 

January 03 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Quadrantids (QUA) Meteor Shower Peak 22:00 UT - IMO Details - but watch earlier
2018 Quadrantid meteor shower
Quadrantids Meteor Shower - SkyMap & History
Quadrantids Meteor Shower
Asteroid 2017 YD7 encounter - miss distance 4.7 LD, size = 12 metres
Apollo Asteroid 2017 UY4 Near-Earth Flyby (0.067 AU)
Apollo Asteroid 2017 XQ61 Near-Earth Flyby (0.089 AU)
"Build a global Earth observatory"
"Mars Flies By Jupiter in a Close Dawn Conjunction"
"Put telescopes on the far side of the Moon"
"Was God Mithras Born on December 25?"

January 04 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
"The Sky This Week centred on Australasia January 04 - January 11"
"The Sun Might Have Formed in a Giant Star’s Bubble"

January 05 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Comet C/2017 T1 (Heinze) - Closest Approach To Earth (0.223 AU)
"Obese stars are more common than expected"
"More Planets in the Hyades Cluster"

January 06 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Mars + Jupiter conjunction
Aten Asteroid 2015 YG Near-Earth Flyby (0.094 AU)
Realtime Space Weather Photo Gallery
"C/2016 R2 Jan 6 Blue Light"
"Hefty Stars Prompt Birth Debate"

January 07 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Mars Passes 0.2° From Jupiter - as seen from Earth
Aten Asteroid 2013 AT72 - Near-Earth Flyby (0.085 AU)
Apollo Asteroid 2017 YT3 Near-Earth Flyby (0.094 AU)

 

January 08 2018 - 22:25 UT

Third Lunar Quarter

 

January 08 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Apollo Asteroid 2017 XT61 Near-Earth Flyby (0.029 AU)
Apollo Asteroid 2017 YX4 Near-Earth Flyby (0.038 AU)
"Ocean and atmosphere interlinked" - ESA video
"Exoplanet science 2.0"
"The Sun in 2017"

January 09 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day

January 10 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Aten Asteroid 2004 FH - Near-Earth Flyby (0.051 AU)
"Exploring alien worlds with lasers"
"Rotation in [C ii]-emitting gas in two galaxies at a redshift of 6.8"
"Quiz: How much do you know about telescopes?"
"A rapid decrease in the rotation rate of comet 41P/Tuttle–Giacobini–Kresák"

January 11 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Asteroid 2018 AT2 encounter - miss distance 1.8 LD, size = 10 metres
"The Sky This Week centred on Australasia January 11 - January 18"
"Two suns? No, it's a supernova drawn 6,000 years ago, say scientists"
"Metal-rich Stars Host Closer Planets"

January 12 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Comet 250P/Larson - Closest Approach To Earth (1.253 AU)
"Huge water ice reserves found on Mars suggest potential for human colonisation"
"Ringed Disks Don’t Always Mean Planets"
"Scientists excited by discovery of ice mountain below the surface of Mars"
"NASA images the most distant galaxy ever resolved"

January 13 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
"Scientists excited by discovery of ice mountain below the surface of Mars"

January 14 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Asteroid 2018 AS2 encounter - miss distance 1.2 LD, size = 7 metres
Asteroid 2018 AU2 encounter - miss distance 2.7 LD, size = 12 metres
The January 2018 edition of Meteorite Times magazine is now up online

 

January 15 2018 - 02:10 UT

Moon at Apogee
(furthest from the Earth = 406,461 km) M

 

January 15 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Asteroid 2018 BW encounter - miss distance 0.4 LD, size = 9 metres
Aten Asteroid 2007 WM3 - Near-Earth Flyby (0.098 AU)
"Applications now open for the Space Debris Training Course"
"Galaxies Show Order in Chaotic Young Universe"
"Simulating turbulence in solar wind plasma"

January 16 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Asteroid 2018 BR1 encounter - miss distance 0.3 LD, size = 4 metres
Apollo Asteroid 438017 (2003 YO3) Near-Earth Flyby (0.071 AU)
"A black hole’s 'double burp' shows its behavior over time"
"Massive earthquakes no more likely to strike during full moon"
"Columbus: 10 years a lab"

 

January 17 2018 - 02:17 UT

New Moon

 

January 17 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
As of today there are 1882 known Potentially Hazardous Asteroids (PHA)
Asteroid 2018 AG4 encounter - miss distance 1.4 LD, size = 23 metres
"Massive earthquakes no more likely to strike during full moon"
"Earth from Space: special edition" - ESA video
"Mira Makes January Nights 'Wonderful'"
"Counting starspots"

January 18 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Asteroid 2018 BD encounter - miss distance 0.1 LD, size = 3 metres
"The Sky This Week centred on Australasia January 18 - January 25"
"60-Second Astro News: Black Holes Galore"
"Hypatia stone’s composition leaves researchers questioning where, how it formed"
"Crater Neukum named after Mars Express founder"

January 19 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Asteroid 2018 BC encounter - miss distance 0.7 LD, size = 5 metres
Asteroid 2018 BX encounter - miss distance 0.7 LD, size = 6 metres
"Hunters Recover Meteorites From Michigan Fireball"
"Mapping the cosmos with Cepheid stars"
"Just Like Earth, Titan Has a 'Sea Level' for its Lakes and Seas"

January 20 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Apollo Asteroid 2015 NJ3 Near-Earth Flyby (0.056 AU
Apollo Asteroid 2017 MT8 Near-Earth Flyby (0.057 AU)

January 21 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Apollo Asteroid 2015 XK351 Near-Earth Flyby (0.073 AU)
"The hunt for viruses in space"

January 22 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Aten Asteroid 306383 (1993 VD) - Near-Earth Flyby (0.037 AU)
Amor Asteroid 2006 AL4 - Near-Earth Flyby (0.055 AU)
"Strong disk winds traced throughout outbursts in black-hole X-ray binaries"
"Astrophysicist proposes new definition of a planet"
"Comet storm"
"2018 Sentinel calendar"

January 23 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Asteroid 2018 AJ encounter - miss distance 4.7 LD, size = 44 metres
"Hot Earths may be stripped-down Jupiters"
"Cassini uncovers a 'sea level' on Titan, similar to Earth"
"Water Ice Found Exposed in Martian Cliffs"

 

January 24 2018 - 22:20 UT

First Lunar Quarter

 

January 24 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Asteroid 2018 BN6 encounter - miss distance 0.9 LD, size = 16 metres
Asteroid 2018 BA3 encounter - miss distance 3 LD, size = 21 metres
"A beginner's guide to the Moon"
"Opportunity will celebrate its 14th year on Mars"
"Make the Most of January’s Total Lunar Eclipse"

January 25 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
"The Sky This Week centred on Australasia January 25 - February 01"
"Space weather effects"

January 26 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Asteroid 2018 BU6 encounter - miss distance 4.8 LD, size = 40 metres
Asteroid 2018 BM5 encounter - miss distance 4.8 LD, size = 12 metres
Aten Asteroid 2011 CD66 - Near-Earth Flyby (0.079 AU)
"Global dust storms on Mars may allow atmospheric gas to escape"
"There’s a New Definition for the Term 'Planet'"

January 27 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Asteroid 2018 BU1 encounter - miss distance 3.1 LD, size = 43 metres
"Cosmic Catastrophes Are Almost Impossible To Prevent But You Shouldn't Fear Death From Space"

January 28 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Chinese New Year
"Long Dead NASA Spacecraft Wakes Up"

January 29 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Comet 197P/LINEAR - Perihelion (1.060 AU)
"Obscured Sirius reveals Gaia 1 cluster"
"Martian dust storms may play role in atmosphere loss"
"The 'Trifecta' Lunar Eclipse on January 31st"
"The Moon’s disappearing act"

 

January 30 2018 - 09:54 UT

Moon at Perigee
(closest to the Earth = 358,995 km)

 

January 30 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Tomorrow's Total Lunar Eclipse global visibility chart
Asteroid 2018 BE6 encounter - miss distance 3.4 LD, size = 45 metres
Asteroid 2018 BQ6 encounter - miss distance 3.6 LD, size = 13 metres
Aten Asteroid 2017 BG136 Near-Earth Flyby (0.078 AU)
"Putting everyday computer parts to space radiation test"

 

January 31 2018 - 13:27 UT

Full Snow Moon

 

January 31 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
January 2018 total lunar eclipse - visible over North America, Pacific, Asia, Australia
Today's Total Lunar Eclipse global visibility chart
Realtime Lunar Eclipse Photo Gallery - hosted by Spaceweather.com
Total lunar eclipse - with visibility charts & diagrams
Aten Asteroid 2003 CA4 - Near-Earth Flyby (0.054 AU)
Aten Asteroid 2017 BB30 Near-Earth Flyby (0.098 AU)
"'Super blue blood moon' to grace Australian skies in special lunar eclipse"

 

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Getting Ready for the Next Big Solar Storm
What is Heliophysics | NASA Living With a Star | Heliophysics Summer School
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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

 

February 2018 Celestial Events & Space Research News

February 2018 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 2018 - SkyMaps & Celestial Guides ......
BBC The Sky at Night - February 2018
Meteorite Times Magazine - February 2018 - usually available middle of the month
Radio Jove - Solar & Planetary Radio Astronomy for Schools
At the start of February 2018 the Sunspot Number is 13

February 01 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Realtime Lunar Eclipse Photo Gallery - hosted by Spaceweather.com
"The Sky This Week centred on Australasia February 01 - February 08"
"Rainbow aurora"
"Orderly Dwarf Galaxies Challenge Cosmological Wisdom"

February 02 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Apollo Asteroid 2002 CB19 - Near-Earth Flyby (0.027 AU)
Dwarf Planet Ceres - Closest Approach To Earth (1.602 AU)
"One of the oldest stars in the Milky Way discovered"
"Solar Eclipse Made Bow Waves in Earth’s Atmosphere"
"Where no mission has gone before"

February 03 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
"For the First Time, Planets Have Been Discovered in ANOTHER Galaxy!"
"Stellar winds behaving unexpectedly"
"12,800 Years Ago Earth Was Struck by a Disintegrating Comet Setting Off Global Firestorms"

February 04 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Apollo Asteroid 276033 (2002 AJ129) - Near-Earth Flyby (0.028 AU)

February 05 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Asteroid 2018 BP6 encounter - miss distance 3.7 LD, size = 43 metres
"A well-placed cluster puts a distant galaxy under a high-powered lens"
"ESA creates quietest place in space"
"A Closer Look at the Worlds of TRAPPIST-1"

February 06 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Asteroid 2018 CF2 encounter - miss distance 0.3 LD, size = 9 metres
Asteroid 2018 CC encounter - miss distance 0.5 LD, size = 17 metres
Asteroid 2018 CM encounter - miss distance 2.1 LD, size = 10 metres
Asteroid 2018 CL encounter - miss distance 2.4 LD, size = 28 metres
Comet 311P/PANSTARRS - Closest Approach To Earth (1.122 AU)
"Simulating the Universe: The Next Generation"

 

February 07 2018 - 15:54 UT

Third Lunar Quarter

 

February 07 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Asteroid 2018 CN encounter - miss distance 1.3 LD, size = 18 metres
Apollo Asteroid 505657 (2014 SR339) Near-Earth Flyby (0.054 AU)
"Close approach of the Moon and Jupiter"
"The Solar System Probably has Thousands of Captured Interstellar Asteroids"
"Asteroid to pass between Earth and Moon on Friday"
"Magnetic cage and rope as the key for solar eruptions"

February 08 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
"The Sky This Week centred on Australasia February 08 - February 15"
"Leaky atmosphere linked to lightweight planet"
"New projects see UK space firms tackle global challenges"
"Hubble’s View of Little Blue Dots"

February 09 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Asteroid 2018 CN2 encounter - miss distance 0.2 LD, size = 10 metres
Asteroid 2018 CB encounter - miss distance 0.2 LD, size = 23 metres
Apollo Asteroid 2015 BN509 Near-Earth Flyby (0.033 AU)
"New NASA instruments aim to answer atmospheric unknowns"
"Deluge of astronomical data will soon hit South Africa"
"Astronomers report a possible slew of extragalactic exoplanets"

February 10 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Asteroid 2018 CB encounter - miss distance 0.2 LD, size = 23 metres
Aten Asteroid 2015 FV118 Near-Earth Flyby (0.093 AU)

 

February 11 2018 - 14:16 UT

Moon at Apogee
(furthest from the Earth = 405,701 km)

 

February 11 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Aten Asteroid 2014 WQ202 Near-Earth Flyby (0.039 AU)
Apollo Asteroid 1991 VG - Near-Earth Flyby (0.047 AU)
Apollo Asteroid 2016 WQ3 Near-Earth Flyby (0.095 AU)

February 12 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Asteroid 2018 CH2 encounter - miss distance 2.1 LD, size = 9 metres
"If We Receive a Message From Aliens, Should We Delete it Without Reading it?"
"Bizarre 'Spider Stones' Found at Site of Neolithic Sun-Worshipers"
"Diamond ring"

February 13 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Apollo Asteroid 2015 SY16 Near-Earth Flyby (0.053 AU)
"The Moon’s equatorial bulge hints at Earth’s early conditions"

February 14 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
"Pulsating aurora from electron scattering by chorus waves"
"Space radiation on Earth"
"The origin of pulsating auroras"

 

February 15 2018 - 21:05 UT

New Moon

 

February 15 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Asteroid 2018 CD3 encounter - miss distance 0.9 LD, size = 7 metres
Asteroid 2018 CU2 encounter - miss distance 2.2 LD, size = 9 metres
"Asteroid Day takes off"
"The Sky This Week centred on Australasia February 15 - February 22"
"Partial solar eclipse"
"NASA is taking a piece of Mars back home"
"Swarm details energetic coupling"

February 16 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Apollo Asteroid 162882 (2001 FD58) - Near-Earth Flyby (0.088 AU)
"Chorus Waves Drive the Beat for Pulsating Northern Lights"
"Interstellar Asteroid ‘Oumuamua Had a Violent Past"
"Hubble sees Neptune's mysterious shrinking storm"

February 17 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Comet 185P/Petriew - Closest Approach To Earth (1.328 AU)

February 18 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Apollo Asteroid 2016 CA138 Near-Earth Flyby (0.056 AU)

February 19 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day

February 20 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day

February 21 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Apollo Asteroid 2017 VX1 Near-Earth Flyby (0.099 AU)
Comet C/2017 T1 (Heinze) - Perihelion (0.581 AU)

February 22 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Apollo Asteroid 2016 CO246 Near-Earth Flyby (0.039 AU)

 

February 23 2018 - 08:09 UT

First Lunar Quarter

 

February 23 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day

February 24 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Asteroid 2017 DR109 encounter - miss distance 3.7 LD, size = 11 metres
Aten Asteroid 2017 DR109 Near-Earth Flyby (0.009 AU)

February 25 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day

February 26 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Apollo Asteroid 2016 FU12 Near-Earth Flyby (0.034 AU)
Apollo Asteroid 2004 CK39 - Near-Earth Flyby (0.086 AU)
Apollo Asteroid 2017 DF38 Near-Earth Flyby (0.098 AU)
Comet C/2017 S6 (Catalina) - Perihelion (1.543 AU)

 

February 27 2018 - 14:48 UT

Moon at Perigee
(closest to the Earth = 363,938 km)

 

February 27 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Apollo Asteroid 2014 EY24 - Near-Earth Flyby (0.038 AU)

February 28 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Apollo Asteroid 2015 BF511 Near-Earth Flyby (0.030 AU)

 

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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

 

March 2018 Celestial Events & Space Research News

March 2018 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 2018 - SkyMaps & Celestial Guides .......
BBC The Sky at Night - March 2018
Meteorite Times Magazine - March 2018 - usually available middle of the month
Radio Jove - Solar & Planetary Radio Astronomy for Schools
At the start of March 2018 the Sunspot Number is ?

March 01 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Comet 73P-T/Schwassmann-Wachmann - Closest Approach To Earth (1.276 AU)

 

March 02 2018 - 00:51 UT

Full Worm Moon

 

March 02 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day

March 03 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day

March 04 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Patrick Moore's 95th Birthday (1923)

March 05 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Mercury Passes 1.4° From Venus - as seen from Earth

March 06 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day

March 07 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Asteroid 2017 VR12 encounter - miss distance 3.8 LD, size = 278 metres
Apollo Asteroid 2017 VR12 Near-Earth Flyby (0.010 AU)
Aten Asteroid 2003 EM1 Near-Earth Flyby (0.043 AU)

March 08 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Apollo Asteroid 2015 FM34 Near-Earth Flyby (0.058 AU)

 

March 09 2018 - 11:20 UT

Third Lunar Quarter

 

March 09 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Meeting: Ground Effects of Severe Space Weather Events - RAS, London, UK

March 10 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Apollo Asteroid 2015 DK200 Near-Earth Flyby (0.018 AU)
Apollo Asteroid 2003 DY15 - Near-Earth Flyby (0.058 AU)
Aten Asteroid 2007 CM26 - Near-Earth Flyby (0.070 AU)

 

March 11 2018 - 09:13 UT

Moon at Apogee
(furthest from the Earth = 404,682 km)

 

March 11 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Daylight Saving - Set Clock Ahead 1 Hour - USA

March 12 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Apollo Asteroid 2013 RZ73 - Near-Earth Flyby (0.055 AU)

March 13 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day

March 14 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Apollo Asteroid 2017 RY15 Near-Earth Flyby (0.073 AU

March 15 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Mercury - At Its Greatest Eastern Elongation (18°) - as seen from Earth
Comet 125P/Spacewatch - Closest Approach To Earth (1.243 AU)

 

March 17 2018 - 13:12 UT

New Moon

 

March 16 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Comet 62P/Tsuchinshan - Closest Approach To Earth (1.025 AU)

March 17 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day

March 18 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Mercury Passes 3.9° From Venus - as seen from Earth

March 19 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Comet 73P-Y/Schwassmann-Wachmann - Closest Approach To Earth (1.558 AU)

 

March 20 2018 - 16:15 UT

Alban Eilir
Vernal (Spring) Equinox

 

March 20 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day

March 21 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Apollo Asteroid 1981 Midas - Near-Earth Flyby (0.090 AU)

March 22 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Aten Asteroid 2011 GP44 - Near-Earth Flyby (0.056 AU)

March 23 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Apollo Asteroid 267940 (2004 EM20) - Near-Earth Flyby (0.096 AU
Comet 73P-T/Schwassmann-Wachmann - Perihelion (0.950 AU)
Comet 363P/Lemmon - Perihelion (1.508 AU)

 

March 24 2018 - 15:35 UT

First Lunar Quarter

 

March 24 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day

March 25 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
European Summer Time - Set Clock Ahead 1 Hour - European Union
Aten Asteroid 2017 FZ2 Near-Earth Flyby (0.071 AU)

 

March 26 2018 - 17:17 UT

Moon at Perigee
(closest to the Earth = 369,104 km)

 

March 26 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day

March 27 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Apollo Asteroid 2004 EU22 - Near-Earth Flyby (0.084 AU)

March 28 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Apollo Asteroid 2016 SR2 Near-Earth Flyby (0.048 AU)
Apollo Asteroid 2013 QM48 - Near-Earth Flyby (0.087 AU)
Aten Asteroid 2003 FY6 - Near-Earth Flyby (0.095 AU)

March 29 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Venus Passes 0.7° From Uranus - as seen from Earth with a suitable telescope

March 30 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day

 

March 31 2018 - 12:37 UT

Full Pink Moon

 

March 31 2018 - Today's Celestial Events & Space Exploration News .....
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Aten Asteroid 2010 GD35 - Near-Earth Flyby (0.040 AU)
Apollo Asteroid 2001 FA58 - Near-Earth Flyby (0.097 AU)

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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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"Some time around 2300 BC the Eath encountered a dense clustering of space debris, the early Southern & Northern Taurid meteoroid stream. The result was an intense fall of meteoroids, some of them sufficiently large to cause surface destruction.

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.

Following the 'main event', there were crustal movements which shifted the location of water sources, and caused earthquakes which destroyed settlements. Abrupt severe climate changes occurred."

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"The Northern/Southern Taurid meteoroid stream is identified as the specific meteoroid stream that the Earth encountered at 2300 BC.

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.

The overall event was associated by the people with powerful deities and formed the basis for major religions. The mythologies and traditions are, in large part, the residues of those religions."

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This book explores the influence of the sky on both ancient and modern civilization, by providing a clear overview of the many ways in which humans have used the stars as an ordering principle in their cultures, and which today still inspire us intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually.

The book explores constellation lore from around the world, celestial alignments of monuments and temples, both from ancient and modern civilizations, and the role the sky has played in the cultures of the Greek, Egyptian, Babylonian, Native American, Chinese, Mayan, Aztec, and Inca.

Models of the universe from each of these cultures are described clearly, and each culture’s explanation of the stars, planets, and other celestial objects are described.

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.

A concluding chapter provides a summary of modern science's effort to unlock the celestial secrets from the sky and from past civilizations, and what these answers mean for us today."

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"Howard Crowhurst in this book has presented the most brilliant analysis of a megalithic site in the entire history of archaeology.

His elucidations of the geometrical, mathematical, and astronomical principles by which ancient Carnac was constructed prove that megalithic science was astonishingly advanced.

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.

His book is an epochal achievement."

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"The Seven Sisters of the Pleiades: Stories from Around the World"
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"The legends of the Seven Sisters of the Pleiades that poets, priests, prophets, shamans, storytellers, artists, singers, and historians have told throughout time are retold in this compilation of the stories that have found their inspiration in nine beautiful stars clustered together in the night sky.

While particular attention in this cross-cultural study is paid to the influence of the Pleiades cluster on the living traditions of indigenous people in North America, Australia, Japan, and the Pacific, much ancient mythology passed down through written and visual sources from ancient Egypt, India, Greece, and South America is also explored.

Appearances of the myths in the modern world are also mentioned, including American presidential elections, Halloween, Atlantis, the Titanic, and Subaru automobiles.

Serious astronomical research complements the variety of mythological explanations for the stars' existence by providing the modern world's scientific understanding of them."

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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.

This book will help visitors and readers to see Avebury in a wholly new light - the light of the heavenly bodies that guided its Neolithic builders."

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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.

Anna Sofaer's pioneering work on Chaco Canyon, a World Heritage Site, should be required reading for anyone interested in how the prehistoric people of the American Southwest conceptualized their universe and placed themselves within that universe."

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