Two things happen of interest to space people tomorrow (well, there’s more, but two come to mind when writing this post).
Global Astronomy Month will be hosting an online Messier marathon from 19:00 BST. The marathon will look at as many as possible of the 110 objects in Messier’s catalogue, ranging from star clusters and nebulae to the nucleus of the Andromeda galaxy. More info is shared in their newsletter.
Meanwhile the Space Shuttle Discovery will be blasting off to the International Space Station on mission STS-131 at roughly 11:21 BST. This could be subject to change as the milestones to the countdown are ticked off or not, one by one. A quick explanation of shuttle countdown procedures is given here.
…and if your kids want to sample astronaut food or dress up as an astronaut, I have been sent the link to an online space store called SpaceKids, who tweet here.
Professor Brian Cox (who tweets here) was profiled again today, this time in the Observer. This was interesting, not only for it being the final day of Wonders of the Solar System (albeit there is a repeat of the episode later in the week), but because an irate reader of the website left a rude comment that Cox himself stepped in to answer.
If you’ve missed episodes of Wonders, then go to the website above to get to the show on iPlayer and also to learn when the DVD is out. Universal is the working title for the sequel to Wonders, which will commence filming on May 11th and will look into the universe beyond the solar system.