Super blood wolf moon

Skygazers  were treated to a rare astronomical spectacle of a “ super blood wolf moon” , when the moon turned a deep shade of red, part of a lunar eclipse makes  the surface of the moon appear a reddish hue and won’t be seen again for another 18 years. The red moon was visible for…

China’s probe Lands on the unexplored far side of the Moon

  A Chinese robot Chang’e-4 probe on January 3rd successfully landed on the back of the Moon at a distance of 117.6 degrees east longitude and 45.5 degrees south latitude and started exploring the far side of the Moon surface and carry out geological experiments. The photograph passed back to the world’s first close range through…

NASA’s Jupiter mission Juno shows giant polar storms

NASA’s Juno mission to the gas giant Jupiter has now reached halfway mark and has shown new views of cyclones at the poles. Juno performs a science gathering dive, scanning from pole to pole as it orbits the planet every 53 days. It is mapping the magnetic and gravity fields and expose Jupiter’s structure and…

Blood Moon, total Lunar eclipse takes over Friday skies

  The century’s longest total lunar eclipse  “Blood Moon” of the 21st century lasted for 103 minutes as the Earth’s natural satellite turned a striking shade of red or ruddy brown. In the UK where the weather allowed the Moon could be seen to turn red –fully eclipsed by Earth –from when it rose from…

K2-229b, Mercury-like exo-planet discovered

K2-229b, Mercury-like exo-planet discovered   An International team of astronomers has detected a metallic exo-planet with a density similar to Mercury.   Earth, Venus and Mars and some extra solar terrestrial planets have a mass and radius that is consistent with a mass fraction of about 30 per cent metallic core and 70 per cent…

Kepler finds Earth-size planet in habitable zone of another star

The Kepler space telescope has already made number of discoveries since spying in the skies for the last eight years. Twenty new exo-planets that have a good chance of being within the habitable zone of their stars, including one that has an orbit very close to that of Earth. According to a new research paper…

Storm Ophelia causes orange glow in the Sun

A red-looking sun has been seen across parts of England including the South West, the Midlands, North West and North East.  One theory could be the debris and dust from forest fires in Portugal and Spain. The red Sun and golden sky are partly due to the fatal hurricane and Storm Ophelia.