Space Flight Archive

  • Satellites, our lives wouldn’t be complete without them. Since the beginning of the Space Race, Satellites have become a major part of how we observe our Solar System and the Universe, and also keep a close eye on our own planet.

    5 Awesome Satellites

    Satellites, our lives wouldn’t be complete without them. Since the beginning of the Space Race, Satellites have become a major part of how we observe our Solar System and the Universe, and also keep a close eye on our own planet.

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  • Before addressing Black Hole sizes, we should first go back to see what astronomers mean when they use the term "Black Hole". This may be easiest to understand when considering the end products of stars.

    How Big is the biggest Black Hole we know of?

    Before addressing Black Hole sizes, we should first go back to see what astronomers mean when they use the term "Black Hole". This may be easiest to understand when considering the end products of stars.

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  • Next week, all being well a Falcon 9 rocket will take off from Cape Canaveral in Florida carrying a very special payload: a spacecraft built by a Tel Aviv-based company […]

    A private spacecraft heads for the Moon

    Next week, all being well a Falcon 9 rocket will take off from Cape Canaveral in Florida carrying a very special payload: a spacecraft built by a Tel Aviv-based company […]

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  • Michael Burton, Director of the Armagh Observatory and Planaterium Monday January 21, 2019 – the last chance to watch a total eclipse of the Moon from Armagh for over a […]

    Hunting for the Moon – the struggles of an eclipse chaser

    Michael Burton, Director of the Armagh Observatory and Planaterium Monday January 21, 2019 – the last chance to watch a total eclipse of the Moon from Armagh for over a […]

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  • Article written by: Heather Alexander, Education officer At the Armagh Observatory and Planetarium we have been having a look at all the things that are going to happen throughout the […]

    10 things you need to know about Space – 2019

    Article written by: Heather Alexander, Education officer At the Armagh Observatory and Planetarium we have been having a look at all the things that are going to happen throughout the […]

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  • Article written by: Helen McLoughlin, Education Officer Let’s face it, New Year’s Resolutions like ‘I’m going to the gym three times a week’ or ‘I’m going on a diet’ are […]

    The January Night Sky 2019

    Article written by: Helen McLoughlin, Education Officer Let’s face it, New Year’s Resolutions like ‘I’m going to the gym three times a week’ or ‘I’m going on a diet’ are […]

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  • Here we are, on the count down to Christmas, and we're having a look at all the Astronotes that have been written for our blog this year. We've had input not just from the Education Team this year, but also the Academic Staff of the Armagh Observatory and Planetarium.

    Top Astronotes of 2018

    Here we are, on the count down to Christmas, and we're having a look at all the Astronotes that have been written for our blog this year. We've had input not just from the Education Team this year, but also the Academic Staff of the Armagh Observatory and Planetarium.

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  • Christmas Eve of 1968 saw the arrival of the first humans at the Moon – the crew of Apollo 8.  A truly momentous event in history, the arrival of humans to another world for the very first time.

    Apollo 8 and the First Humans to the Moon – 50 Years On

    Christmas Eve of 1968 saw the arrival of the first humans at the Moon – the crew of Apollo 8.  A truly momentous event in history, the arrival of humans to another world for the very first time.

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  • The rapidly-approaching 2019 will let us mark a half-century since human beings took the first steps on a body other than the Earth, namely our own Moon. But, come the New Year, lunar exploration is likely to make the headlines for one other reason: a number of robotic spacecraft built by three different nations will attempt to repeat the feat accomplished by the Apollo programme and land on the Moon’s surface.

    2019: A Chinese Year of the Moon

    The rapidly-approaching 2019 will let us mark a half-century since human beings took the first steps on a body other than the Earth, namely our own Moon. But, come the New Year, lunar exploration is likely to make the headlines for one other reason: a number of robotic spacecraft built by three different nations will attempt to repeat the feat accomplished by the Apollo programme and land on the Moon’s surface.

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  • Some seven months ago, a NASA spacecraft called InSight was launched atop an Atlas 5 rocket and headed to Mars (Figure 1). If all goes well, the spacecraft will land on the Martian surface at around 8pm UK time this Monday 26th November and begin its science investigation. InSight is a fixed lander (see Figure 2 below), a much simpler affair than the Curiosity rover that arrived in 2012 and continues its trek across the floor of Gale crater to this day. Mobility, is however, not required for the specific aim of the mission. 

    Insight on InSight

    Some seven months ago, a NASA spacecraft called InSight was launched atop an Atlas 5 rocket and headed to Mars (Figure 1). If all goes well, the spacecraft will land on the Martian surface at around 8pm UK time this Monday 26th November and begin its science investigation. InSight is a fixed lander (see Figure 2 below), a much simpler affair than the Curiosity rover that arrived in 2012 and continues its trek across the floor of Gale crater to this day. Mobility, is however, not required for the specific aim of the mission. 

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