Some space things to do…

As the British Astronomical Association put up pictures of their 2010 Exhibition, other things to do either physically or on the net popped up yesterday.

Armagh Planetarium have released details of their summer season of events.

NASA Blueshift have released another tour of sites of astronomical interest, this time taking in Stonehenge and Newgrange.

Six Citizen Science projects are highlighted in this NASA Needs You article from

If you’re in good voice, then 365 Days of Astronomy would like you to record their end credits for them. They got a bit hoarse after 20-odd days, apparently…

If you are a member of the media, then ESA would like to invite you to watch the first images coming in from the Rosetta probe‘s encounter with asteroid Lutetia between 18:00 and 23:00 local time at their Space Operations Centre in Darmstadt, Germany on the 10th of July. Experts will be available to discuss the images with. This will be Rosetta’s last spurt of science until May 2014, when it is next scheduled to encounter an asteroid. The probe will fly as close as 3,200km to Lutetia, which is as close as it can get while retaining the ability to capture the entire asteroid in one photograph. I know, I know, it is my birthday that day, but I’ll let you go…

If you’re a professional working in the field of Exoplanets, then there’s a workshop dealing with the proposed THESIS mission at UCL today (Thursday, July 1st). Thesis is a 1.4 m space telescope with NearInfraRed and MidIR spectrographs, expected to characterise spectroscopically the atmospheres of giant and terrestrial exoplanets transiting their parent star (or with the combined light technique). Thesis can also characterise planets in the habitable zone of later type stars. ESA’s internal final assessment of the mission is here.

…and if you’re hungry, Sir Patrick Moore is about to make you even hungrier as he samples some space-related snacks on youtube:


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