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Promoting Space Exploration and Astronomy to the General Public through online lecture meetings and the bi-monthly CAPCOM Magazine. We have regular online meetings via Zoom. Meetings feature an expert speaker with a spaceflight or astronomical talk. Our regularly updated Speaker Programme can be found here: Speaker Programme. We also have a free weekly Newsletter “GoSpaceWatch Weekly”. Sign up for this Here.

Our next online Lecture…

The next GoSpaceWatch Online Lecture is on Wednesday 21st April. “The Jovian Explorers: From Juno to JUICE” by Dr Leigh Fletcher of the University of Leicester

NASA’s Juno spacecraft has been orbiting the gas giant since 2016, providing exquisite views of the atmosphere of the giant planet, and discovering how atmospheric circulation in the hidden layers deep below the clouds can influence the dramatic visual changes we see through our telescopes. Whilst Juno’s reconnaissance continues in the coming years, Europe is readying its first ambitious mission to Jupiter: the Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer (JUICE), which will explore the planet and its icy satellites in the early 2030s. Launching in 2022, this solar-powered spacecraft is destined to become humankinds first orbiter of an icy moon, Ganymede. This talk will reveal Juno’s latest discoveries, and set the scene for JUICE.

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  • NASA’s Parker Solar Probe Sees Venus Orbital Dust Ring in 1st Complete View
    on 16/04/2021 at 16:00

    NASA’s Parker Solar Probe mission has given scientists the first complete look at Venus’ orbital dust ring, a collection of microscopic dust particles that circulates around the Sun along Venus’ orbit.

  • Astronauts for NASA’s SpaceX Crew-2 Mission Depart Houston for Florida
    by Linda Herridge on 16/04/2021 at 15:36

    The astronauts who will fly on NASA’s SpaceX Crew-2 mission to the International Space Station are now en route to the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida to begin final launch preparations. Crew-2 mission astronauts Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur of NASA, along with JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) astronaut Akihiko Hoshide and ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut …

  • Astronaut selection: tips from Thomas
    on 16/04/2021 at 14:30

    Video: 00:02:18 In 2008, Thomas Pesquet applied to become an ESA astronaut. On 22 April 2021, he will fly his second mission to the International Space Station. In this video Thomas shares how he found his way to space, and encourages viewers to follow their passions as ESA seeks its next class of astronauts.Nobody is perfect on their first attempt at a task, but Thomas says the only way to improve is to try and keep trying. Though becoming an astronaut seemed a distant dream when he was younger, by continuing to challenge himself and learn along the way he developed the skills he needed to put himself forward and become one of a small group who have travelled to space.Whatever your passion, his advice is universal: try your best, and if you don’t succeed it doesn’t matter. What does matter is perseverance.Find out more about how you can apply to become an ESA astronaut and explore other ESA careers at esa.int/YourWayToSpace

  • Gravity Assist: Black Hole Mysteries, with Jeremy Schnittman
    on 16/04/2021 at 14:19

    What is a black hole? How do we study them when we can’t see them? Astrophysicist Jeremy Schnittman from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center joins NASA Chief Scientist Jim Green for a fascinating conversation about the latest black hole research.

  • Week in images: 12 – 16 April 2021
    on 16/04/2021 at 13:19

    Week in images: 12 – 16 April 2021 Discover our week through the lens

  • Almost Every Galaxy Has One – A Black Hole, That Is
    on 16/04/2021 at 13:06

    Spectacular jets are powered by the gravitational energy of a supermassive black hole in the core of the elliptical galaxy Hercules A.

  • Hubble Watches Cosmic Light Bend
    on 16/04/2021 at 13:00

    Hubble captured this image of the galaxy cluster Abell 2813 demonstrating spectacularly the concept of gravitational lensing.

  • NASA Scientist Honored with Distinguished Federal Service Award
    on 16/04/2021 at 12:27

    Dr. Stephanie Schollaert Uz of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, has been awarded the Arthur S. Flemming Award for Applied Science.

  • La Soufrière volcano: before-and-after
    on 16/04/2021 at 11:30

    Image: False-colour images captured by Copernicus Sentinel-2 show the aftermath of the explosive volcanic eruption that took place on 9 April 2021 on the Caribbean island of Saint Vincent.

  • This Week’s Sky at a Glance, April 16 – 24
    by Alan MacRobert on 16/04/2021 at 08:49

    The waxing Moon this week steps out of Taurus past Mars, across Gemini and Cancer, and into Leo. Sirius and Procyon remain in the southwest after dusk. Jupiter and Saturn shine in early dawn. The post This Week’s Sky at a Glance, April 16 – 24 appeared first on Sky & Telescope.