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How to see super wolf blood moon hitting UK skies

How to see super wolf blood moon hitting UK skies

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Britons will need to rise early on Monday morning if they want to see one of the most spectacular astronomical events of the year - a super wolf blood moon. Depending on weather conditions, amateur astronomers in the UK will be able to witness a total eclipse of the moon for the last time until 2029.It will be visible in the western part of the sky as it begins to set, and will be visible to anyone who is able to see the full moon.The Royal Astronomical Society says that in the UK the moon "will be above the horizon throughout the eclipse, though from the extreme southeast of England the sun will have risen as it comes to an end." Image: The phases of the moon as it passes through Earth's shadow What time will it ...
Chang'e-4: China Moon probes take snaps of each other

Chang'e-4: China Moon probes take snaps of each other

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A Chinese rover and lander have taken images of each other on the Moon's surface.The Chinese space agency says the spacecraft are in good working order after touching down on the lunar far side on 3 January.Also released are new panoramic images of the landing site, along with video of the vehicles touching down.The rover and lander are carrying instruments to analyse the region's geology.The Chang'e-4 mission is the first to explore the Moon's far side from the surface. The rover has just awoken from a period on "standby".Controllers placed it in this mode shortly after the touchdown as a precaution against high temperatures, as the Sun rose to its highest point over th...
Chang'e-4: Chinese rover now exploring Moon

Chang'e-4: Chinese rover now exploring Moon

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A Chinese robotic rover has got its wheels dirty after rolling off its landing craft and onto the lunar soil.The Chang'e-4 spacecraft touched down on the far side of the Moon at 10:26 Beijing time (02:26 GMT) on Thursday.Lunar exploration chief Wu Weiren echoed Neil Armstrong's famous quote, telling state media the event marked a "huge stride" for China.The rover and lander are carrying instruments to analyse the unexplored region's geology.It represents the first ever such attempt and landing on the far side of the Moon, which has distinct characteristics to the near side we can see from Earth.According to the Guardian newspaper, Weiren told the state broadcaster CCTV: "The separation of Chang'e 4's rover was smooth and perfect....
Chinese spacecraft is first to land on far side of moon

Chinese spacecraft is first to land on far side of moon

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A Chinese spacecraft has become the first to land on the far side of the moon, according to state media. The lunar explorer Chang'e 4 touched down on Thursday morning Beijing time (just before 2.30am GMT), official China Central Television said.Soon after landing, it transmitted the first "close range" images of the moon's far side - somewhere previous spacecraft have seen but never landed on. Image: The back of the moon on the south side of the landing site. Pic: China National Space Administration Image: The lunar explorer landing on the moon filmed from the mother spacecraft It "lifted the mysterious veil" and "opened a new chapter in human lunar exploration",...
China Moon mission lands Chang'e-4 spacecraft on far side

China Moon mission lands Chang'e-4 spacecraft on far side

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Media playback is unsupported on your device China says it has successfully landed a robotic spacecraft on the far side of the Moon, the first ever such attempt and landing.At 10:26 Beijing time (02:26 GMT), the un-crewed Chang'e-4 probe touched down in the South Pole-Aitken Basin, state media said.It is carrying instruments to analyse the unexplored region's geology, as well to conduct biological experiments.The landing is being seen as a major milestone in space exploration.There have been numerous missions to the Moon in recent years, but the vast majority have been to orbit, fly by or impact. The last crewed landing was Apollo 17 in 1972.Why China has its eye on the stars ...