Venus Transit on June 5th and 6th

Map showing where the Venus transit will be visible. Credit: NASA
June 1, 2012

On  on 5 and 6 June 2012, the planet Venus will pass in front of the sun in what’s called a transit. The last one took place in June 2004, and the next one won’t happen until December 2117. If you’re in the USA or Canada, the transit will be in progress at your sunset on June 5th. If you’re in the UK or Germany or North-east Spain, the transit will…


Mars-Earth exhibition

The scale models of the Earth and Mars
May 13, 2012

  Palacio Salazar in Santa Cruz de La Palma is hosting a great exhibition on the Earth and Mars until May 26th. It features lots of great photos of Mars, and explains the similarities and differences in geology, atmosphere and weather, and hydrology. Even better, they have a genuine meteorite from Mars. Did you know that a day on Mars lasts 24.6 hours compared to our 24? And the axial…