14
OCT
2016

ExoMars 2016 Spacecraft Reaches Mars to Look for Martian Life

The ExoMars 2016 Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO) spacecraft officially reaches Martian orbit on 19 October. A joint mission between the European Space Agency (ESA) and Roscosmos, the Russian space agency, ExoMars 2016 is designed to detect and measure methane gas particles in the thin Martian
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01
OCT
2016

What’s All the Fuss About the October Black Moon?

Until a couple of days ago I had not heard of the term ‘Black Moon’. Hat’s off to the person who coined the term – I think it’s a pretty cool buzzword for an event that is based on seeing no moon at all twice in a calendar month. As rare as a blue moon, t
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01
OCT
2016

International Space Station Set for UK Evening Skies in October 2016

October 2016 sees the International Space Station (ISS) make a series of spectacular evening passes over the UK. Look to the evening sky after sunset for a bright white light moving steadily across the sky along a west-to-east or west-to-southeast trajectory. The space station is easy
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21
SEP
2016

See the Tiangong-1 Chinese Space Station over the UK before it falls to Earth

Media reports are emerging this week that the Tiangong-1 Chinese Space Station launched in 2011 is likely to crash back to Earth sometime in 2017. Speaking at the successful launch of its successor,Tiangong-2, on 15 September China’s space authorities indicated that the 8.5-tonn
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19
SEP
2016

Watch Red Mars Buzz the Stars of Sagittarius

Autumn 2016 sees Mars mingle with the stars of Sagittarius. It’s a six-week event that is easy to track night by night with the naked eye or binoculars. You’ll need a clear horizon down towards your south to get the best view, and you’ll need to be out as soon as it
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18
SEP
2016

Last Chance to See Saturn in the Autumn Sky for 2016

September and October 2016 give us a final opportunity to see Saturn in the evening sky this year. As night falls across the UK the ringed planet is found low to the south-west horizon as a bright star-like object to the naked eye, almost forming a short horizontal line across the sky
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