Monday 17 March 2014

Astronomy Scrapbook Tuesday 18th March 2014

Eye in the Sky (1)
18th March Mars, Moon and Spica

The waning gibbous Moon is only 1 degree from Spica, the brightest star in Virgo. Mars is 4 degrees to the upper left of the Moon.

Eye in the Sky (2)
18th March
Delta Mensid maximum

The Delta Mensides are active between March 14-21 and was discovered in 1969 by the radio meteor system at Adelaide Observatory in Australia. with the maximum occurring on March 18th. It is a weak shower with  rate of 2 meteors per hour.

Eye in the Sky (3)
18th March
Eta Virginids maximum

The Eta Virginids are active between February 24-March 27 and was first detected between 1961 and 1965 at the radio meteor project at Havana, Illinois USA. Another weak shower with a rate of 2 meteors per hour.

On This day
March 18th 1965 First Space Walk

Alexi Leonov a Russian cosmonaut became the first person to make a space walk. The space walk lasted 12 minutes and 9 seconds.

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