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Sunspot Counts – 12th January 2022
Inferior Conjunction of Venus – 4th January 2022
Amateur Images of the James Webb Space Telescope – 31st December 2021
New solar activity – 16th December 2021
Parker Solar Probe – 15th December 2021
Comet Leonard Update – 11th December 2021
Andromedid Meteor Outburst – 30th November 2021
Comet 29P Erupts Again – 26th October 2021
This panorama has just been circulated and now that Curiosity has reached altitude above the Gale crater floor it shows all the items of interest with comments and close ups. At one point you can see the landing area 6.5 miles away. It takes a while to watch but is fantastic especially nearing the end on the north west face.Bob. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K1dhA6bAcYc
The Solar System has one less Comet (this will download a word file)
An Explosion over China (this will download a word file)
Astronomers using ESO telescopes and other facilities have found clear evidence of a planet orbiting the closest star to Earth, Proxima Centauri. The long-sought world, designated Proxima b, orbits its cool red parent star every 11 days and has a temperature suitable for liquid water to exist on its surface. This rocky world is a little more massive than the Earth and is the closest exoplanet to us — and it may also be the closest possible abode for life outside the Solar System.
For those who have never seen any near asteroid data, here is a spreadsheet of Recent and Upcoming Earth Asteroid Encounters