Promoting Space Exploration and Astronomy to the General Public through lecture meetings and the bi-monthly CAPCOM Magazine. We have one Zoom online meeting per month at present. Meetings feature an expert speaker with a spaceflight or astronomical talk. We also have a free weekly Newsletter “GoSpaceWatch Weekly”. Sign up for this Here.
Our next Online Lecture features Broadcaster and Astronomer Pete Williamson FRAS with a lecture entitled “The Art of Remote Observing: Social Distancing at its Best” on Wednesday 19th August 2020. For details and Tickets please see lecture page here.
Relive the final descent of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft
by Stephen Clark on 04/08/2020 at 20:33
A new video released by SpaceX shows the company’s Crew Dragon capsule plunging toward the Gulf of Mexico before unfurling a series of parachutes to slow the spaceship carrying two NASA astronauts from 350 mph to a relatively gentle 15 mph before splashdown Sunday.
First laser detection of space debris in daylight
on 04/08/2020 at 15:35
Lasers on Earth are used to measure the position of space debris high above, providing crucial information on how to avoid in-space collisions. Until now, this technique has suffered from a fatal flaw.
Was Early Mars “Wet and Warm”? Or Wet and Cold?
by Jeff Hecht on 04/08/2020 at 15:11
A new model suggests that Martian valley networks might have been created by ancient subglacial rivers rather than water flowing on the surface. The post Was Early Mars “Wet and Warm”? Or Wet and Cold? appeared first on Sky & Telescope.
Rocket Sees Curling Waves Above Alaskan Sky
on 04/08/2020 at 15:00
The curling waves of the Kelvin-Helmholtz instability – appearing briefly in the center of the image before dissipating – may explain how gases mix in otherwise stable layers of the atmosphere.
NASA’s Aqua Satellite Shows Two Views of the Apple Fire
on 04/08/2020 at 14:27
The latest on the Apple fire in San Bernardino, Calif.