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- Pakuranga College, NZ to view transit from Carr House UK
Winners of the Royal Society of New Zealand transit expedition from Pakuranga College will be observing the Transit of Venus from the University's Alston Observatory and Carr House. We are looking forward to hosting the winners in Preston!
Jeremiah Horrocks Memorial Lecture series
Wednesday 9th May, 7.30pm, Harrington Lecture Theatre
"The Milky Way in 3D" Dr Michael Perryman, European Space Agency
Tickets are free of charge. Please contact on for further information.
There could be life on the planet Venus, US scientists have concluded. Microbes could survive floating in the thick, cloudy atmosphere, protected by a sunscreen of sulphur compounds. See the BBC News story.
The Moon and four planets in the evening sky
During the coming evenings, everybody under clear skies will be able to enjoy a beautiful view in the twilight. Right after sunset, planet Venus is visible as a brilliant point of light above the western horizon - and two other planets, Mars and Saturn, are seen to the left of Venus as somewhat less bright objects. More to the south and higher in the sky, planet Jupiter is also prominent. See the vt-2004 website for further information on this, including an observing chart, and the progress of the project.