The International Space Station can add to the magic this Christmas

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This Christmas Eve the International Space Station can masquerade as Santa, adding to the magic for you and your family. Details of times, where to look and what to look for with instructions to check where ever you live on Earth. Click to read more

Santa or the International Space Station can make Christmas a little more magical

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How wonderful would the look on a young child’s face be when they see Santa flying over your house on Christmas Eve? A little bit of astronomy and the International Space Station can make it happen. And for slightly older children, why not inspire them with some science and technology facts about the permanently crewed, football pitch sized station? Click to read more

NASA gives green light to group of citizen scientists to communicate with 36 year old ISEE-3 Spacecraft

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Launched in 1978, the International Sun-Earth Explorer-3 (ISSE-3) spacecraft was the first to study the constant flow of the solar wind and after a new mission was assigned to in 1984 to pass through a cometary tail, the craft headed deep into interplanetary space. Now 36 years old, the craft will make a close approach to the Earth in August 2014 and NASA has given permission to a group of citizen scientists to attempt to communicate with and possible control the craft. Click to read more

First Ring System Found Around an Asteroid

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One significant feature that links Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune is the presence of ring system.  Now a fifth solar system body can be added to this rarefied group, and it is a rather surprising addition.  Observations at several sites in South America including ESO’s La Silla Observatory have discovered… Click to read more

A large Lunar Impact Blast on 11 September 2013

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On the 11th September 2013 at 20hrs 07min 28.68secs ±0.01secs UTC, two telescopes operated in MIDAS network recorded an bright flash produced by the impact on the Moon of a large meteoroid. The peak brightness of this flash reached 2.9 ± 0.2 mag in V and it lasted over 8 seconds, with estimated energy of 15.6 ± 2.5 tons of TNT. Work has important implications for impact flux on Earth. Click to read more

First International Dark Sky Reserve Named in Ireland

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More good news for those of us who treasure dark skies to enjoy the wonders of the universe.  On January 27, 2014, the International Dark Sky Association named its first International Dark Sky Place in the Republic of Ireland.  Not only is the first in Ireland, but Kerry International Dark… Click to read more

The International Dark Sky Association names two new UK dark sky places

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On December 9th 2013, the International Dark Sky Association (IDA) announced that it has designated two new International Dark Sky Places in the United Kingdom, including one representing the largest land area of protected night skies in all of Europe. Click to read more