Mercury to make rare transit of the sun on Monday
Those looking towards the sun on Monday may notice a tiny black disc moving across the glowing orb in a rare celestial event. A transit of Mercury will take place when the smallest planet in the solar system passes between the Earth and the sun. The last time this happened was in 2016, and the…
2018 Space Exploration highlights – Space X test flight, NASA InSight Mars landing
Mankind’s curiosity to see what lies beyond planet Earth progressed further in 2018, with a number of successful missions and test flights that could see ordinary folk blast off on rockets within a few years. However, the year in which NASA turned 60 and the International Space Station (ISS) celebrated its 20th anniversary didn’t go…
NASA probe discovers that Mercury is shrinking
Try not to panic – Mercury, the smallest resident of our close-knit solar system, is shrinking. Scientists studying data sent back by the Messenger probe, launched in 2004, reveal that it’s disappearing; withering away like a long-forgotten prune (not their words).