Friday, 7 June 2019

Solarfest, IAA BBQ, New books, Your name to Mars, UFOs, Ireland to name Exoplanet, NLCs, more

Hi all,

 

1. Solarfest. Saturday 8th June 2019, Dunsink Observatory, Dublin.
FREE Entry. Tickets not required. Gates open at 10:30am.
SCHEDULE:
10:30 Registration
10:50 Welcome Address
11:00 Brian MacGabhann (GAC & RHS) 'Apollo 11'
11:45 Paul Evans (IAA & IFAS) 'Eclipses and Transits, A Personal Account'
12:30 David Malone (DIAS) 'Clocks of Dunsink Observatory'
12:50 Observatory Tour / Solar Observing / Bring Your Own Picnic (Tea/Coffee provided)
14:15 Donna Rodgers-Lee (TCD) 'Disks and Planets around Stars like the Sun'
15:00 Joe Mc Cauley (TCD) 'The Callisto Network for Observing the Sun in Radio Waves'
15:45 Sam Green (DIAS) 'The Bubble Nebula'
16:30 Q&A Session – All Speakers
16:45 Conference Close

 

2.  IAA BBQ. 15 June, Delamont Country Park, 3.00 p.m.

This is the venue where we have most of our observing nights. It's signposted on the main A22, between Killinchy and Downpatrick, adjoining Strangford Lough.

  Usual format - we provide the cooking facilities (but brigng your own if you wish). You bring your own consumables, eating accessories etc. There are plenty of picnic tables at the site.

   Solar observing if clear, or you can walk to the Millennium Stone, or to the lough shore etc.

Hope to see lots of you there!

 

3. NEW.   Oor Big Braw Cosmos.

This book, by Prof John Brown, Astronomer Royal for Scotland, may be of interest. The book is just out - see www.johncbrown.org

For early purchases I am offering signed copies at £20 (£5 below the Retail price ) + PP where needed. – contact him via his website.

 

4. NEW: New book on Apollo missions by Dublin author

(Per Brian Harvey) Returning to the moon after Apollo - will it be another fifty years? by Pat Norris, due for publication in July, the anniversary of the moon landing.  

Pat Norris is a graduate of Dublin University (Trinity College).  During the Apollo programme, he worked for TRW and was one of those responsible for Apollo guidance to and from the moon.  He subsequently worked in Britain (e.g. Logica) and is now a speaker and writer on spaceflight.

SYNOPSIS Returning to the moon after Apollo - will it be another fifty years? by Pat Norris

July 2019 marks 50 years since Neil Armstrong took his famous first steps on the surface of the Moon. As people around the world celebrate the anniversary of this great American achievement, they might wonder why there have been no further human missions to the Moon since Apollo 17 in 1972. This book analyses why the Apollo missions were possible while the equivalent program of the Soviet Union failed.  The question of why we haven't sent humans back to the Moon is explored by drawing on the American and Soviet experiences. The book then looks critically at today's programs and current plans for sending humans to the Moon, including those of NASA and the two American billionaires Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos, as well as China.  The author draws on his 50 years' experience in the space industry including his involvement in the Apollo 8–13 missions to provide an exciting technical and historical perspective on the first race to the Moon and the one now underway.

 

5. NEW. Send your name to Mars: (Per Derek Heatly) Space.com has link to sending your name-free!-on the next Mars rover, it's https://mars.nasa.gov/participate/send-your-name/mars 2020

 

6.  NEW. UFOs: The latest analysis:

This is a serious analysis by trained independent scientists

https://www.skeptic.com/reading_room/pentagon-ufos-to-the-stars-academy-ttsa-ufo-media-frenzy/?utm_source=eSkeptic&utm_campaign=c752ff149f-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2019_06_04_11_36&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_8c0a740eb4-c752ff149f-73211321&mc_cid=c752ff149f&mc_eid=cd48dcd1c5

 

7. NEW. IRELAND TO NAME EXOPLANET!

As part of the International Astronomical Union's 100 year Anniversary celebrations, Ireland will get to name an exoplanet!

 IAU100 NameExoWorlds gives every country in the world the opportunity to name an exoplanet and its host star. Ireland has been assigned the honour of giving a popular name to HAT-P-36, an exoplanet 1.8 times Jupiter's mass, in Canes Venatici. The planet's host star is comparable in age and mass to our Sun.

   Within the framework of its 100th anniversary commemorations, the International Astronomical Union (IAU) is organising the IAU100 NameExoWorlds global competition that allows any country in the world to give a popular name to a selected exoplanet and its host star. Over 70 countries have already signed up to organise national campaigns that will provide the public with an opportunity to vote. The aim of this initiative is to create awareness of our place in the Universe and to reflect on how the Earth would potentially be perceived by a civilisation on another planet.

   The public competition will open in mid-July, and close during World Space Week in October. More details later.

[My initial reaction – as the star is in Canes Venatici, home to M51, the Whirlpool Nebula, famously drawn by the third Earl of Rosse as the first spiral galaxy to have its shape and structure identified, how about naming them "Rosse" and "Birr"?]

 

8. NLCs. The season for seeing these ethereal silvery-blue high altitude Noctilucent, or 'night-shining' clouds starts about now. Look low down in the North within a period of an hour or so on either side of local midnight, ignoring BST. Very roughly, within N.I, that's from about 00.30 to about 02.30 BST. When all other clouds are in shadow because the Sun is so far below the local horizon, these very high altitude clouds, thought to be caused by meteoric dust can sometimes be seen.

 

9. NEXT SOLAR CYCLE PREDICTION.

A NOAA/NASA co-chaired international panel – charged with forecasting the upcoming 11-year solar cycle, Solar Cycle 25 – released a preliminary forecast on April 5, 2019. The consensus is that Cycle 25 will be similar in size to the current cycle, Cycle 24; in other words, it's likely to be weak. These solar experts said they expect solar minimum – the period when the sun is least active – no earlier than July 2019 and no later than September 2020. They expect sunspot maximum to occur no earlier than the year 2023 and no later than 2026, with a minimum peak sunspot number of 95 and a maximum of 130. That's in contrast to the average number of sunspots, which typically ranges from 140 to 220 sunspots per solar cycle.

   We expect Solar Cycle 25 will be very similar to Cycle 24: another fairly weak cycle, preceded by a long, deep minimum. The expectation that Cycle 25 will be comparable in size to Cycle 24 means that the steady decline in solar cycle amplitude, seen from cycles 21-24, has come to an end and that there is no indication that we are currently approaching a Maunder-type minimum.

 

10. The ISS, and STARLINK.  A new series of ISS passes will begin in July.

   Meanwhile, the 'train' of Starlink satellites is currently visible, reaching a maximum of about 3rd magnitude.

Details of both ISS and Starlink for your own location, and lots more info on space and astronomy, on www.heavens-above.com.

If you want to check for transits of the ISS across the Sun or the Moon which occur somewhere near you, visit http://transit-finder.com

 

11. Centenary of IAU in 2019:  IAU100: Uniting our World to Explore the Universe
In 2019, the International Astronomical Union (IAU) celebrates its 100th anniversary. To commemorate this milestone, the IAU will organize a year-long celebration to expand awareness of a century of astronomical discoveries as well as to support and improve the use of astronomy as a tool for education, development, and diplomacy under the central theme "Uniting our World to Explore the Universe". The celebrations will stimulate worldwide interest in astronomy and science and will reach out to the global astronomical community, national science organizations and societies, policy-makers, students and families, and the general public.
 
 IAU100 Celebrations around the World  for details for your own country, check the link below.
With Astronomy events of all kinds, including national and cultural events, the IAU100 is engaging with different communities worldwide. Meet the
IAU100 National Committees and learn more about the people who are here to support you during the 2019 celebrations.  For the UK, it's Prof Robert Walsh, originally from Belfast, but now at U of Central Lancs (who gave a great talk to the IAA in Belfast some years ago); and for ROI it's the indefatigable Clair McSweeney from BCO in Cork.  See https://www.sciencespace.ie/celebrating-100-years-of-the-international-astronomical-union-ireland/
Read more:
https://www.iau-100.org/national-committees 

 

12. European Week of Astronomy and Space Science
Date: 24 – 28 June 2019; Location: Lyon, France. More information: 
https://eas.unige.ch//EWASS/

 

13. Starmus 24 – 29 June — Star-studded Lineup for 2019  
Created by Garik Israelian, a researcher at the Institute of Astrophysics of the Canary Islands (IAC), the Starmus Festival is a combination of science, art and music that has featured presentations from astronauts, cosmonauts, Nobel Prize winners and other prominent figures from science, culture, the arts and music. Now celebrating its fifth year, and timed to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Moon landings, Starmus V will take place in Bern, Switzerland, from 24 to 29 June 2019. The IAU is a partner organisation of Starmus and among the confirmed speakers will be IAU Secretary General, Piero Benvenuti, and IAU President-elect, Ewine van Dishoeck.  IAU announcement: https://www.iau.org/news/announcements/detail/ann18007/ 

 

14. Asteroid Day, 30 June

 

15. Portballintrae Apollo celebrations: 6 & 7 july. More details later.

 

16. Apollo 11 Remembered, 18 July, Bangor Library. Public talk by Paul Evans, IAA. More details later.

 

17. Festival of Curiosity, Dublin. July 18 – 21, 2019

 

18. Moon on the Mall, Armagh; 20 & 21 July. Part of AOP's celebrations of 50th anniversary of Apollo 11.

 

19. IAU100: Moon Landing 50th Anniversary - Let's All Observe the Moon! 
Date: 20 July 2019  
Location: All around the world
More information: https://www.iau-100.org/moon-landing-anniversary 

The Moon will be waning gibbous, and not rising until about midnight, but at least some spectacular formations will be visible for those prepared to stay up late!

 

20. Apollo 11; 50th Anniversary. Armagh Observatory and Planetarium will be holding a suite of events through July and August to celebrate this event. More details soon.

 

21. INTERESTING WEBLINKS (Disclaimer - Use of material herein from various sources does not imply approval or otherwise of the opinions, political or otherwise, of those sources).  NB: If the title in the weblink does not indicate the subject matter, I give a brief simple intro before the link. I may also comment about the link afterwards.

 

ASTROPHYSICS

This is the worst example of dumbing down and anthropomorphism I have seen in my entire life. Shame on the author - have some respect for your readers!. https://www.livescience.com/65595-binary-stars-booted-out-of-galaxies.html?utm_source=ls-newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20190530-ls

   https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-7091791/The-night-sky-X-ray-Image-reveals-observations-NASAs-neutron-star-tracking-instrument.html

   https://www.livescience.com/65630-weird-galaxy-creeping-closer.html?utm_source=ls-newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20190604-ls

   Disc of cool gas orbits MW's SMBH https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/06/190605133533.htm

   https://www.livescience.com/65550-dead-stars-revived-white-dwarf-merger.html?utm_source=ls-newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20190601-ls

   Subaru Telescope captures 1800 supernovae! https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/05/190531085408.htm?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+sciencedaily%2Ftop_news%2Ftop_science+%28ScienceDaily%3A+Top+Science+News%29

   Galaxies are cosmic Cauldrons. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/05/190522153136.htm

 

COSMOLOGY

Searching for the Theory of Everything. https://www.livescience.com/65628-theory-of-everything-millennia-away.html?utm_source=ls-newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20190604-ls If it really was the 'thoughts of God' that were responsible for the universe, we obviously need an updated version of Genesis. Any chance You could provide one for us? – just a posting on Wikipedia would do nicely…..

   Looking for a Heavy Higgs - https://www.livescience.com/65639-giant-higgs-fate-of-universe.html?utm_source=ls-newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20190605-ls

 

EARTH & MOON

Sobering stuff. And reported by the DM too! https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-7103089/Human-civilisation-end-2050.html

   https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-7099729/What-mysterious-flashes-light-moon-Scientists-launch-new-study.html Misleading headline. They are very rarely, if ever, 'flashes' – they last for periods of at least minutes.

   https://earthsky.org/space/mudball-meteorite-fall-aguas-zarcas-costa-rica-2019

CO2 levels reach record high in May. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/06/190604140109.htm. this is the most disturbing part of the findings "The concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere increases every year, and the rate of increase is accelerating. The early years at Mauna Loa saw annual increases averaging about 0.7 ppm per year, increasing to about 1.6 ppm per year in the 1980s and 1.5 ppm per year in the 1990s. The growth rate rose to 2.2 ppm per year during the last decade. There is abundant and conclusive evidence that the acceleration is caused by increased emissions"

   Building blocks of Planet Earth https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/06/190604131141.htm Ignore the ridiculous illustration showing meteorites ablaze streaking through empty space! The caption may say 'in our atmosphere', but that's not what's shown.

   Formation of Moon brought water to Earth https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/05/190521101505.htm

 

EXOPLANETS

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-7104669/Astronomers-spot-TWO-growing-exoplanets-orbiting-young-star-370-light-years-away.html and

https://www.livescience.com/65631-twin-baby-planet-disk-gap.html?utm_source=ls-newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20190605-ls

   First exoplanets, then exomoons, now 3 exocomets! https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/05/190522120525.htm

   18 Earth-sized exoplanets found. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/05/190522120523.htm?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+sciencedaily%2Ftop_news%2Ftop_science+%28ScienceDaily%3A+Top+Science+News%29

 

EXOLIFE

Life on Mars may look like Fettucine! https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/05/190529113108.htm  Pasta La Vista!

Exomoons may host E-T life https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/06/190604131135.htm

 

IMAGES

https://earthsky.org/space/star-family-portrait-cepheus-b-and-c?utm_source=EarthSky+News&utm_campaign=0e7212f219-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_02_02_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_c643945d79-0e7212f219-394571661

 

LIGHT POLLUTION

LP is bad for amphibians https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/05/190528095246.htm

 

SOLAR SYSTEM

Curiosity finds clay on Mars, confirming the planet's watery past https://newatlas.com/curiosity-clay-mars/59913/?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=2019-05-30%20083524%20Other%20Daily%20Basic%202019-05-30%20083951%20Scientists%20discover%20why%20a%20promising%20cancer%20drug%20failed%20in%20clinical%20trials%20%20and%20how%20to%20fix%20it&utm_content=2019-05-30%20083524%20Other%20Daily%20Basic%202019-05-30%20083951%20Scientists%20discover%20why%20a%20promising%20cancer%20drug%20failed%20in%20clinical%20trials%20%20and%20how%20to%20fix%20it+CID_53eaa0b5c8807a548a7df81dddf9122f&utm_source=Campaign%20Monitor&utm_term=Read%20more

https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/techandscience/astronomers-captured-an-image-of-a-double-asteroid-as-it-sped-past-earth/ar-AACrmZC?ocid=spartandhp

   Asteroid close flyby, nice video https://earthsky.org/space/double-asteroid-1999-kw4-closest-may-25-2019?utm_source=EarthSky+News&utm_campaign=15e8e457f8-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_02_02_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_c643945d79-15e8e457f8-394571661

   Help NASA decide where to land on Bennu https://www.asteroidmission.org/?latest-news=nasa-invites-public-help-asteroid-mission-choose-sample-site

   Martian mineral probably volcanic in origin https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/05/190522141858.htm

   Triton fosters unlikely icy union https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/05/190522141752.htm

   Huge ice discovery beneath Martian pole https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/05/190522141747.htm

 

SPACE

https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/05/nasa-selects-three-companies-lead-its-robotic-return-moon?utm_campaign=news_daily_2019-05-31&et_rid=415711678&et_cid=2842037

   https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-7102685/Astronomers-call-urgent-action-Elon-Musks-Starlink-satellites.html

   https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/techandscience/nasas-first-spacex-astronauts-ready-for-messy-camping-trip-to-space/ar-AACr7jY?ocid=spartandhp

   https://www.msn.com/en-gb/entertainment/movies/brad-pitt-has-daddy-issues-in-space-in-first-ad-astra-trailer/ar-AACqxQm?ocid=spartandhp

   https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/techandscience/spacex-starlink-satellites-have-astronomers-amplifying-the-cosmic-alarm/ar-AACpykk?ocid=spartandhp They say that raising their orbits will reduce their brightness – but it will also mean that they will be reflecting sunlight for longer each night. It's definitely going to be a problem.

   https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/techandscience/spacexs-dragon-returns-to-earth-after-dropping-off-5500-pounds-of-supplies/ar-AACqruu?ocid=spartandhp

   https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/techandscience/the-elements-we-might-mine-on-the-moon/ar-AACpduL?ocid=spartandhp

Putting together the giant SLS  https://newatlas.com/nasa-moon-space-launch-system/59983/?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=2019-06-05%20083006%20Other%20Daily%20Basic%202019-06-05%20083736%20Harvard%20breakthrough%20shows%20stem%20cells%20can%20be%20genetically%20edited%20in%20the%20body&utm_content=2019-06-05%20083006%20Other%20Daily%20Basic%202019-06-05%20083736%20Harvard%20breakthrough%20shows%20stem%20cells%20can%20be%20genetically%20edited%20in%20the%20body+CID_44aeb84b5765749a97bc4cafe9c87050&utm_source=Campaign%20Monitor&utm_term=Read%20more

   https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/spotlight/this-tiny-rover-will-test-how-well-small-mobile-robots-can-survive-on-the-moon/ar-AACsV0g?ocid=spartandhp  Unbelievable photo of Full Moon over the sea. Literally unbelievable, as the Moon is closer than the clouds! Also it's missing the effects of both atmospheric refraction which would flatten the disc, and atmospheric absorption which would make the bottom part a lot dimmer than the top.  2/10 as a fake.

   105 mini-sats launched at once!  https://newatlas.com/sprite-chipsat-swarm-deployed/59994/?utm_source=Gizmag+Subscribers&utm_campaign=4a499ddc00-UA-2235360-4&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_65b67362bd-4a499ddc00-92786061 We soon won't be able to get into space without bumping into one of these mini-sats!

   ESA goes for re-usable rocket option https://newatlas.com/esa-space-rider-reusable-spacecraft/60014/?utm_source=Gizmag+Subscribers&utm_campaign=4a499ddc00-UA-2235360-4&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_65b67362bd-4a499ddc00-92786061

   China launches rocket from the sea https://newatlas.com/china-launch-rocket-sea/60019/?utm_source=Gizmag+Subscribers&utm_campaign=4a499ddc00-UA-2235360-4&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_65b67362bd-4a499ddc00-92786061

 

SUN.

https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/05/scientists-tackle-burning-question-when-will-our-quiet-sun-turn-violent

Solving the mystery of the Sun's superheated corona https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/06/190604162532.htm

 

Telescopes, Instruments, techniques.

https://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/2019/nasa-s-james-webb-space-telescope-emerges-successfully-from-final-thermal-vacuum-test

 

UFOS – the truth about the Pentagon revelations.

https://www.skeptic.com/reading_room/pentagon-ufos-to-the-stars-academy-ttsa-ufo-media-frenzy/?utm_source=eSkeptic&utm_campaign=c752ff149f-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2019_06_04_11_36&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_8c0a740eb4-c752ff149f-73211321&mc_cid=c752ff149f&mc_eid=cd48dcd1c5

 

22. JOINING the IRISH ASTRONOMICAL ASSOCIATION. This link downloads a Word document to join the IAA. http://documents.irishastro.org.uk/iaamembership.doc
If you are a UK taxpayer, please tick the 'gift-aid' box, as that enables us to reclaim the standard rate of tax on your subscription, at no cost to you. You can also make a donation via Paypal if you wish: just click on the 'Donate' button. See also
www.irishastro.org .

 

The Irish Astronomical Association is registered with The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland NIC 105858

 

DISCLAIMER: Any views expressed herein are mine, and do not necessarily represent those of the IAA.

 

Clear skies,

Terry Moseley



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Friday, 31 May 2019

New IAA Council, New kG, Apollo photos and videos, NLCs, Next solar cycle, Starlink, Solarfest, IAA BBQ

Hi all,

 

1. IAA AGM – New council members. At the recent AGM, the existing council and office-bearers were re-elected, and two new council members were also proposed and elected: Hannah Kempston, and Mary Kirwan-Mackey. This will add two females to the council, as well as one of our youngest ever council members!

 

2.  It's massive! New definition of the kilogram.  Well, it's massive compared to the mass of a hydrogen atom.  https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/uknews/the-new-kilogram-debuts-today-its-a-massive-achievement/ar-AABDiHl?ocid=spartandhp

At tongue in cheek example of the correct use of the word 'massive'! (Does anyone else grit their teeth when they hear even abstract things like ideas being described as "massive")

 

3. NEW. Photos commemorating the Moon Landings.  http://rps.org/exhibitions-and-competitions/space-steps

 

4. Apollo 10 – looking back to the landing rehearsal flight 50 years ago. https://newatlas.com/apollo-10/59497/?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=2019-05-24%20120239%20Other%20Weekly%20Basic%202019-05-24%20120552%20The%20incredible%20science%20exploring%20how%20to%20edit%20our%20memories&utm_content=2019-05-24%20120239%20Other%20Weekly%20Basic%202019-05-24%20120552%20The%20incredible%20science%20exploring%20how%20to%20edit%20our%20memories+CID_32a6512585996b72d96512c8864fb938&utm_source=Campaign%20Monitor&utm_term=Read%20more

 

5.  NEW: 13 Minutes to the Moon: Brilliant series (based on the first 2 of 10 episodes so far available (Thanks to Brian Beesley for the alert).

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/w13xttx2

 

6. NLCs. The season for seeing these ethereal silvery-blue high altitude Noctilucent, or 'night-shining' clouds starts about now. Look low down in the North within a period of an hour or so on either side of local midnight, ignoring BST. Very roughly, within N.I, that's from about 00.30 to about 02.30 BST. When all other clouds are in shadow because the Sun is so far below the local horizon, these very high altitude clouds, thought to be caused by meteoric dust can sometimes be seen.

 

7. NEXT SOLAR CYCLE PREDICTION.

A NOAA/NASA co-chaired international panel – charged with forecasting the upcoming 11-year solar cycle, Solar Cycle 25 – released a preliminary forecast on April 5, 2019. The consensus is that Cycle 25 will be similar in size to the current cycle, Cycle 24; in other words, it's likely to be weak. These solar experts said they expect solar minimum – the period when the sun is least active – no earlier than July 2019 and no later than September 2020. They expect sunspot maximum to occur no earlier than the year 2023 and no later than 2026, with a minimum peak sunspot number of 95 and a maximum of 130. That's in contrast to the average number of sunspots, which typically ranges from 140 to 220 sunspots per solar cycle.

   We expect Solar Cycle 25 will be very similar to Cycle 24: another fairly weak cycle, preceded by a long, deep minimum. The expectation that Cycle 25 will be comparable in size to Cycle 24 means that the steady decline in solar cycle amplitude, seen from cycles 21-24, has come to an end and that there is no indication that we are currently approaching a Maunder-type minimum.

 

8. The ISS, and STARLINK. The current series of ISS passes is coming to an end and a new series will begin in July.

   Meanwhile, the 'train' of Starlink satellites is currently visible, reaching a maximum of about 3rd magnitude.

Details of both ISS and Starlink for your own location, and lots more info on space and astronomy, on www.heavens-above.com.

If you want to check for transits of the ISS across the Sun or the Moon which occur somewhere near you, visit http://transit-finder.com

 

9. Centenary of IAU in 2019:  IAU100: Uniting our World to Explore the Universe
In 2019, the International Astronomical Union (IAU) celebrates its 100th anniversary. To commemorate this milestone, the IAU will organize a year-long celebration to expand awareness of a century of astronomical discoveries as well as to support and improve the use of astronomy as a tool for education, development, and diplomacy under the central theme "Uniting our World to Explore the Universe". The celebrations will stimulate worldwide interest in astronomy and science and will reach out to the global astronomical community, national science organizations and societies, policy-makers, students and families, and the general public.
 
 IAU100 Celebrations around the World  for details for your own country, check the link below.
With Astronomy events of all kinds, including national and cultural events, the IAU100 is engaging with different communities worldwide. Meet the
IAU100 National Committees and learn more about the people who are here to support you during the 2019 celebrations.  For the UK, it's Prof Robert Walsh, originally from Belfast, but now at U of Central Lancs (who gave a great talk to the IAA in Belfast some years ago); and for ROI it's the indefatigable Clair McSweeney from BCO in Cork.  See https://www.sciencespace.ie/celebrating-100-years-of-the-international-astronomical-union-ireland/
Read more:
https://www.iau-100.org/national-committees 

 

10. Solarfest, Dunsink Observatory, 8 June. This annual event goes from strength to strength. More details soon.

 

11. IAA Midsummer BBQ: Sat 15 June: Delamont Country Park. More details in next bulletin..

 

12. European Week of Astronomy and Space Science
Date: 24 – 28 June 2019; Location: Lyon, France. More information: 
https://eas.unige.ch//EWASS/

 

13. Starmus 24 – 29 June — Star-studded Lineup for 2019  
Created by Garik Israelian, a researcher at the Institute of Astrophysics of the Canary Islands (IAC), the Starmus Festival is a combination of science, art and music that has featured presentations from astronauts, cosmonauts, Nobel Prize winners and other prominent figures from science, culture, the arts and music. Now celebrating its fifth year, and timed to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Moon landings, Starmus V will take place in Bern, Switzerland, from 24 to 29 June 2019. The IAU is a partner organisation of Starmus and among the confirmed speakers will be IAU Secretary General, Piero Benvenuti, and IAU President-elect, Ewine van Dishoeck.  IAU announcement: https://www.iau.org/news/announcements/detail/ann18007/ 

 

14. Asteroid Day, 30 June

 

15. Portballintrae Apollo celebrations: 6 & 7 july. More details later.

 

16. Apollo 11 Remembered, 18 July, Bangor Library. Public talk by Paul Evans, IAA. More details later.

 

17. Festival of Curiosity, Dublin. July 18 – 21, 2019

 

18. Moon on the Mall, Armagh; 20 & 21 July. Part of AOP's celebrations of 50th anniversary of Apollo 11.

 

19. IAU100: Moon Landing 50th Anniversary - Let's All Observe the Moon! 
Date: 20 July 2019  
Location: All around the world
More information: https://www.iau-100.org/moon-landing-anniversary 

The Moon will be waning gibbous, and not rising until about midnight, but at least some spectacular formations will be visible for those prepared to stay up late!

 

20. Apollo 11; 50th Anniversary. Armagh Observatory and Planetarium will be holding a suite of events through July and August to celebrate this event. More details soon.

 

21. INTERESTING WEBLINKS (Disclaimer - Use of material herein from various sources does not imply approval or otherwise of the opinions, political or otherwise, of those sources).  NB: If the title in the weblink does not indicate the subject matter, I give a brief simple intro before the link. I may also comment about the link afterwards.

 

ASTROPHYSICS

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-6973527/Astronomers-spot-black-hole-ejecting-plasma-spinning-fast-drags-spacetime.html

   Remnants of 2,000 year old Chinese nova discovered in globular cluster M22 https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/04/190429125350.htm

Remnants of a nova explosion found in meteorite https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/04/190429111832.htm

Black hole wobbling like a spinning top sprays swirling ejecta jets https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/04/190429111755.htm

Faster than light particles emit gamma-ray flashes circling pulsars – but don't violate relativity; https://www.livescience.com/65344-quantum-vacuum-gamma-rays.html?utm_source=ls-newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20190429-ls

SMBH is aiming jets at us; https://www.livescience.com/65357-messier-87-galaxy-image.html?utm_source=notification

Strange MW star is from dwarf galaxy https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/04/190430121739.htm?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+sciencedaily%2Ftop_news%2Ftop_science+%28ScienceDaily%3A+Top+Science+News%29

HST spies Buckyball molecules wobbling in space https://www.livescience.com/65363-hubble-spies-buckyballs.html?utm_source=ls-newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20190501-ls

   https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-6988385/Incredible-footage-Universe-combines-7-500-images-galaxies-13-3-billion-years-old.html

   https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-6985201/Stunning-simulation-reveals-looks-like-close-personal-supernova.html

   https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-6988735/Five-gravitational-waves-detected-month-NASA-detection-tremors.html

   https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-6989155/Some-wedding-ring-formed-4-6-BILLION-years-ago-two-neutron-stars-collided.html

  Blue supergiants' shimmering waves https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/05/190506124121.htm

   Physicist calculates the exact signal of merging BHs https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/05/theorist-calculates-incalculable-siren-song-merging-black-holes?utm_campaign=news_daily_2019-05-06&et_rid=415711678&et_cid=2802919

Neutron star merger provided our solar system's gold and platinum https://www.livescience.com/65411-neutron-star-collision-rains-bling-on-solar-system.html?utm_source=ls-newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20190506-ls and

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/05/190502104805.htm

Rare supernova reveals origin mystery   https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/05/190507145519.htm

   https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/techandscience/we-may-have-evidence-of-a-neutron-star-smashing-into-a-black-hole/ar-AAB8TuJ?ocid=spartandhp

   https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/techandscience/nasa-telescope-spies-unusual-galaxies-from-dawn-of-the-universe/ar-AAB6B8J?ocid=spartandhp

   First stars exploded with jets https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/05/190508134600.htm?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+sciencedaily%2Ftop_news%2Ftop_science+%28ScienceDaily%3A+Top+Science+News%29

   Milky Way had star formation burst 2-3 million years ago https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/05/190508134517.htm?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+sciencedaily%2Ftop_news%2Ftop_science+%28ScienceDaily%3A+Top+Science+News%29

Early galaxies brighter than expected! https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/05/190509092716.htm

Light interacting with light https://www.livescience.com/65320-photons-interact.html?utm_source=ls-newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20190512-ls

Galaxy encounter spawns star formation https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/05/190516114616.htm?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+sciencedaily%2Ftop_news%2Ftop_science+%28ScienceDaily%3A+Top+Science+News%29

ALMA finds aluminium round young stars https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/05/190516114543.htm

Dark matter impactor in Milky Way? https://www.livescience.com/65483-dark-impactor-could-be-dark-matter.html?utm_source=ls-newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20190515-ls

The violent universe – gravitational waves being detected at increasing rate https://stfc.ukri.org/news/scientists-find-more-evidence-the-universe-is-a-violent-place/?utm_source=STFC+communications&utm_campaign=659147f5fd-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2019_05_09_03_01_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_996d2e3807-659147f5fd-9202371

   When the Gaia Sausage Galaxy collided with the Milky Way https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/05/190523104948.htm

   Double white dwarf star merger https://www.livescience.com/65550-dead-stars-revived-white-dwarf-merger.html?utm_source=ls-newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20190525-ls

 

COSMOLOGY

Gravitational waves leave permanent records of their passage. Note contribution of Abraham Harte of DCU! https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/05/190509173343.htm

The universe is moving too fast, and we don't know why  https://www.livescience.com/65332-hubble-wrong-speed.html?utm_source=ls-newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20190512-ls

 

EARTH & MOON

Moon was formed largely by Earth's magma after collision https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/04/190429125411.htm

Carbon remnants of a nova explosion found in Antarctic meteorite https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/04/190429111832.htm

Earth's water may have come from asteroids like Itokawa. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/05/190501141056.htm

The source of Earth's gold and platinum  https://www.livescience.com/65411-neutron-star-collision-rains-bling-on-solar-system.html?utm_source=ls-newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20190506-ls

Earth's climate in jeopardy https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-46384067?xtor=ES-208-[22739_News_NLB_Wk16_Fri_10_May]-20190510-[bbcnews_climate_newsenvironment_climate]

The Moon is shrinking! https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-7023841/The-moon-tectonically-active-quaking-continues-shrink-size.html

   https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-7048893/NASA-scientist-claims-astronauts-live-tunnel-like-CAVES-moon-caused-ancient-lava.html

   Giant impact caused difference between Moon's hemispheres https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/05/190520115659.htm?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+sciencedaily%2Ftop_news%2Ftop_science+%28ScienceDaily%3A+Top+Science+News%29

   https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7055941/Dazzlingly-bright-UFO-zooms-night-sky.html ignore the text anomalies!

   https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/05/500-million-year-survey-earths-climate-reveals-dire-warning-humanity?utm_campaign=news_daily_2019-05-22&et_rid=415711678&et_cid=2828346

   https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-7066355/Oldest-meteorite-collection-Earth-discovered-desert.html

   Grace satellite shows effects of climate change: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/05/190523130226.htm

   https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/techandscience/a-ball-of-space-mud-just-pelted-earth—and-scientists-couldnt-be-happier/ar-AABThLH?ocid=spartandhp

Earth's water came from the collision that formed the Moon  https://newatlas.com/earth-water-moon-collision/59782/?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=2019-05-24%20120239%20Other%20Weekly%20Basic%202019-05-24%20120552%20The%20incredible%20science%20exploring%20how%20to%20edit%20our%20memories&utm_content=2019-05-24%20120239%20Other%20Weekly%20Basic%202019-05-24%20120552%20The%20incredible%20science%20exploring%20how%20to%20edit%20our%20memories+CID_32a6512585996b72d96512c8864fb938&utm_source=Campaign%20Monitor&utm_term=Read%20more

Warming Arctic gives us extreme weather https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/05/190528140115.htm?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+sciencedaily%2Ftop_news%2Ftop_science+%28ScienceDaily%3A+Top+Science+News%29

Did ancient supernovae lead to development of bipedal human ancestors? https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/05/190528095301.htm?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+sciencedaily%2Ftop_news%2Ftop_science+%28ScienceDaily%3A+Top+Science+News%29

 

EXOPLANETS

Exoplanet interiors will play crucial role in habitability https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/05/190502143350.htm

   https://earthsky.org/space/exoplanet-water-worlds-deep-oceans-2019-study?utm_source=EarthSky+News&utm_campaign=fc53bbc7f8-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_02_02_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_c643945d79-fc53bbc7f8-394571661

Super-Earths may migrate in towards their stars https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/05/190509133838.htm   There's also a significant observational selection effect, as such system are 'relatively' easy to discover. A system like ours with Venus and Earth fairly far out from the Sun, and Jupiter with a period of 12 years, would be much harder to discover.

   Small rocky dense exoplanets are most likely to survive death of their star https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/05/190514115831.htm

  Finding giant exoplanets that could guard their inner neighbours https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/05/190524130231.htm

   https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/techandscience/kepler-discovers-18-new-earth-sized-planets-how-many-are-habitable/ar-AAC1vXA?ocid=spartandhp

Neptune-sized planet found in unexpected zone.  https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/05/190528193034.htm?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+sciencedaily%2Ftop_news%2Ftop_science+%28ScienceDaily%3A+Top+Science+News%29 . It's good to see Chris Watson of QUB, and Don Pollacco (ex QUB) contributing to this research. (NGTS stands for Next Generation Transit Survey)

 

EXOLIFE

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-6986897/Expert-reveals-idea-alien-life-no-longer-like-science-fiction.html

 

IMAGES

HST images centre of stunning spiral galaxy https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/05/190503100833.htm

HST images globular cluster M75 https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/04/190426110559.htm

   https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-7011105/Spectacular-photos-taken-Rosetta-space-probe.html

   Photo timeline of the universe from BB to now. https://www.livescience.com/65471-photo-timeline-big-bang.html?utm_source=ls-newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20190514-ls

   https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/techandscience/see-astonishing-photos-of-astronauts-returning-from-space/ss-AABTOSK?ocid=spartandhp

 

SOLAR SYSTEM

Deep Learning uses big data from Cassini to explain Saturn's storms https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/04/190429111829.htm

Long icy corridor discovered on Titan https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/04/190429111826.htm

   https://newatlas.com/jaxa-asteroid-bombing-hayabusa2-confirmed/59449/?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=2019-04-29%20083226%20Other%20Daily%20Basic%202019-04-29%20083638%20JAXA%20confirms%20Hayabusa2%20is%20first%20spacecraft%20to%20ever%20bomb%20an%20asteroid&utm_content=2019-04-29%20083226%20Other%20Daily%20Basic%202019-04-29%20083638%20JAXA%20confirms%20Hayabusa2%20is%20first%20spacecraft%20to%20ever%20bomb%20an%20asteroid+CID_d2d0871c4ded32f256033dc069db8e2a&utm_source=Campaign%20Monitor&utm_term=Read%20more

Water found in Asteroid Itokawa https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/05/190501141056.htm

Pluto's atmosphere is freezing out https://theconversation.com/why-pluto-is-losing-its-atmosphere-winter-is-coming-115567

Aluminium round distant star tells story of our SS. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/05/190510094819.htm?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+sciencedaily%2Ftop_news%2Ftop_science+%28ScienceDaily%3A+Top+Science+News%29

Periodic hole in Martian atmosphere allows water to escape into space https://www.livescience.com/65470-strange-martian-water-cycle.html?utm_source=ls-newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20190514-ls

   https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-7049903/A-layer-gassy-material-Pluto-keeping-underground-ocean-freezing-solid.html

  Look at different rocks for signs of life on Mars https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/05/190517115131.htm?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+sciencedaily%2Ftop_news%2Ftop_science+%28ScienceDaily%3A+Top+Science+News%29

  Has Pluto a sub-surface ocean? https://earthsky.org/space/pluto-subsurface-ocean-methane-gas-hydrate-layer?utm_source=EarthSky+News&utm_campaign=7591635191-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_02_02_COPY_02&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_c643945d79-7591635191-394571661

   https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-7063031/Scientists-discover-massive-frozen-WATER-Mars-traces-polar-ice-cap.html

   https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-7053067/NASA-finds-water-organic-molecules-farthest-world-explored-Ultima-Thule.html

   https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-7067415/Earth-like-water-spotted-inside-Christmas-comet.html

   Hyperactive comets contain water similar to Earth's https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/05/190523111405.htm

  Sand dunes on Mars moves differently to those on Earth https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/05/190523161141.htm

  Is Jupiter's GRS dying? https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-7075861/Astronomers-note-uptick-mysterious-blades-Jupiters-Great-Red-Spot-storm-declines.html

   Comet hints how to create breathable oxygen from CO2 https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/05/190528095206.htm?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+sciencedaily%2Ftop_news%2Ftop_science+%28ScienceDaily%3A+Top+Science+News%29

  https://www.msn.com/en-gb/video/news/plutos-icy-volcanoes-may-spew-water-study/vi-AAC7A4h?ocid=spartandhp

 

SPACE

Squid skin inspires new type of space blanket https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/04/190429095053.htm

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-6975599/SpaceXs-plan-launch-thousands-satellites-space.html

 https://newatlas.com/purdue-resilient-space-habitats/59451/?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=2019-04-29%20083226%20Other%20Daily%20Basic%202019-04-29%20083638%20JAXA%20confirms%20Hayabusa2%20is%20first%20spacecraft%20to%20ever%20bomb%20an%20asteroid&utm_content=2019-04-29%20083226%20Other%20Daily%20Basic%202019-04-29%20083638%20JAXA%20confirms%20Hayabusa2%20is%20first%20spacecraft%20to%20ever%20bomb%20an%20asteroid+CID_d2d0871c4ded32f256033dc069db8e2a&utm_source=Campaign%20Monitor&utm_term=Read%20more

  https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-6977849/SpaceXs-Crew-Dragon-capsule-DID-explode-test-anomaly-leaked-email-suggests.html

   https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6984703/Lunar-landing-manual-fetch-9million-auction.html

   https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-6985171/Blast-Jeff-Bezos-Blue-Origin-launches-New-Shepard-rocket-11th-time.html

  https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-6985599/Crew-Dragon-capsule-DESTROYED-test-failure.html

   https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/05/international-space-station-has-found-its-scientific-calling?utm_campaign=news_daily_2019-05-03&et_rid=415711678&et_cid=2799284

   How the LM landed on the Moon https://newatlas.com/apollo-11-moon-landing/59108/?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=2019-05-06%20083313%20Other%20Daily%20Basic%202019-05-06%20083819%20Two-stage%20diagnostic%20process%20detects%20Alzheimers%20years%20before%20symptoms%20appear&utm_content=2019-05-06%20083313%20Other%20Daily%20Basic%202019-05-06%20083819%20Two-stage%20diagnostic%20process%20detects%20Alzheimers%20years%20before%20symptoms%20appear+CID_1abb9a57357cd7f88caebcfe1e7ee701&utm_source=Campaign%20Monitor&utm_term=Read%20more

Proposed Space Sustainability Rating (SSR) could reduce amount of space debris https://newatlas.com/sustainability-satellite-rating/59562/?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=2019-05-07%20083125%20Other%20Daily%20Basic%202019-05-07%20083423%20One%20million%20species%20or%20a%20quarter%20of%20all%20that%20are%20left%20are%20now%20under%20threat%20of%20extinction&utm_content=2019-05-07%20083125%20Other%20Daily%20Basic%202019-05-07%20083423%20One%20million%20species%20or%20a%20quarter%20of%20all%20that%20are%20left%20are%20now%20under%20threat%20of%20extinction+CID_1285a3ff4bc6cbdffcb6338e7182ad21&utm_source=Campaign%20Monitor&utm_term=Read%20more

   https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-7001947/Astronauts-suffer-vision-problems.html Why didn't they make the living quarters, and most of the working areas, of the ISS rotate (as in 2001 A Space Odyssey) to give permanent gravity? Only instruments that need to be pointed continually at Earth or an astronomical target don't have to rotate. And the direction to the Sun for the solar panels changes only slowly, and in fact these panels do point constantly to the Sun even as the ISS rotates slowly each orbit.

   https://earthsky.org/space/nasa-to-fund-research-on-advanced-solar-sails The problem is that acceleration is so incredibly slow that they're not really practical for solar system exploration, and also that they reach their maximum speed just as they reach their target (say an outer EKBO), making for a very fast flyby. For interstellar missions, once again the acceleration is so slow that we're talking centuries to reach a target, with an even faster flyby! Or, if we want to decelerate by using the sail as a brake using the target star's light, that almost doubles the total journey time. By the time such a probe would reach its target its technology would be out of date, and it would probably have been overtaken by newer faster probes using, e.g. nuclear ion propulsion.

   https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/techandscience/jeff-bezos-unveils-blue-moon-lunar-lander-and-plans-for-huge-space-colonies/ar-AABajXL?ocid=spartandhp

   https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/techandscience/why-the-moons-south-pole-may-be-the-hottest-destination-in-space/ar-AABaSUd?ocid=spartandhp

I wish they would cut out the dumbed-down language. Shackleton crater is not a 'splotch', and it's not 'parked' at the S. Pole: parking is temporary, but the crater isn't going anywhere. And they're NOT 'divining' the lunar surface for water - modern science uses techniques like spectroscopy rather than crossed sticks! And "eternal sunshine of the spotted rind" is not just inappropriate, as it doesn't relate to any aspect of the text - it's just ridiculous. They should stop insulting the intelligence of their readers!

   Otherwise it's quite a good article!

https://earthsky.org/space/india-mission-chandrayaan-2-moon-south-pole?utm_source=EarthSky+News&utm_campaign=64e7cdfc5f-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_02_02_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_c643945d79-64e7cdfc5f-394571661 Another faulty illustration – if it's going to land on the Moon, it will be slowing down, not speeding up! But good luck, ISRO!

   https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-7023963/NASA-reveals-plans-3D-printed-pod-shelter-colonists-Red-Planet.html

   https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-7024897/Jeff-Bezos-futuristic-vision-self-sustaining-habitat-house-TRILLION-people-space.html Please, no! The galaxy has done nothing to deserve a trillion human beings in space!

   https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-7022535/Protect-solar-gold-rush-preserving-88-star-scientists-urge.html

   https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-7016377/SpaceX-CEO-Elon-Musk-mocks-Jeff-Bezos-moon-plans-Blue-Origin-unveiled-lunar-lander.html

   https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-7015853/Space-tourism-dream-edges-reality-New-Mexico.html

   https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-7028515/Woman-moon-inspire-young-girls-Nasa-chief.html

   https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-7041717/Meet-11-companies-competing-humans-moon-NASA-selects-picks.html

   https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-7048893/NASA-scientist-claims-astronauts-live-tunnel-like-CAVES-moon-caused-ancient-lava.html

   https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-7041717/Meet-11-companies-competing-humans-moon-NASA-selects-picks.html

   Remember what happened to the last 2 planned Apollo missions1 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-7054979/Documents-reveal-NASAs-moon-mission-require-37-launches-plans-build-moon-base-2028.html

   https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-7064121/Engineer-accused-falsifying-inspection-reports-SpaceX-rocket-parts.html

   https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-7058805/Elon-Musks-Starhopper-jump-16-400-feet.html

   https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-7057641/NASA-gives-members-public-chance-send-names-Mars.html

   https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-7057517/Even-zero-gravity-bad-joints.html

   https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/photos/the-most-stunning-space-photos-ever/ss-AAqbhfR?ocid=spartandhp

   https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-7067461/NASA-picks-partner-help-build-lunar-Gateway.html

   https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7065585/SpaceX-launches-satellites-internet-network.html

Origami can soften landing impacts for spacecraft https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/05/190524140857.htm

   https://www.msn.com/en-gb/money/news/spacex-launches-starlink-satellites-so-elon-musk-can-beam-internet-anywhere-on-earth/ar-AABQm5i?ocid=spartandhp and

  https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/techandscience/an-astronomer-captured-spacexs-recently-launched-starlink-satellites-on-video/ar-AABWnxf?ocid=spartandhp

  https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/techandscience/nows-the-time-to-get-your-name-on-nasas-next-mission-to-mars/ar-AABU1Ob?ocid=spartandhp

   Comet hints how to create breathable oxygen from CO2 https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/05/190528095206.htm?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+sciencedaily%2Ftop_news%2Ftop_science+%28ScienceDaily%3A+Top+Science+News%29

   https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/techandscience/spacex-readying-crew-ship-for-flight-by-end-of-year/ar-AAC5zdP?ocid=spartandhp

 

SUN.

Irish astronomers make important findings re solar plasma https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/05/190524094320.htm

 

Telescopes, Instruments, techniques.

Pinpointing Gaia's position to improve its accuracy https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/05/190502104837.htm

   Wait until they apply all this to DSLRs etc! https://newatlas.com/google-image-super-resolution/59859/?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=2019-05-28%20083138%20Other%20Daily%20Basic%202019-05-28%20083543%20How%20Googles%20Pixel%20phones%20take%20such%20terrific%20photos%20especially%20in%20shaky%20hands&utm_content=2019-05-28%20083138%20Other%20Daily%20Basic%202019-05-28%20083543%20How%20Googles%20Pixel%20phones%20take%20such%20terrific%20photos%20especially%20in%20shaky%20hands+CID_123fd005a3327df8f50373bfd9f119af&utm_source=Campaign%20Monitor&utm_term=Read%20more

 

22. JOINING the IRISH ASTRONOMICAL ASSOCIATION. This link downloads a Word document to join the IAA. http://documents.irishastro.org.uk/iaamembership.doc
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Clear skies,

Terry Moseley