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The Night Sky
Space News Update
- October 27, 2014 In the News
Story 1:
Black Hole Has Major Flare
Story 2:
How clean is the International Space Station?
Story 3:
The Inner Workings of Red Giant Stars
Departments
The Night Sky
ISS Sighting Opportunities
Space Calendar
NASA-TV Highlights
Food for Thought
Space Image of the Week
Black Hole Has Major Flare
How clean is the International Space
Station?
The Inner Workings of Red Giant Stars
The Night Sky
Tuesday, October 27
Full Moon (exact at 8:05 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time).
The Moon rises shortly after sunset for North America.
After dark look above it, by about a fist and a half at
arm's length, for the two or three brightest stars of
Aries lined up horizontally. The brightest, Alpha Arietis
or Hamal (on the left), is an orange giant.
Wednesday, October 28
This is the time of year when the Big Dipper lies
horizontal low in the north-northwest early in the
evening. How low? The farther south you are, the
lower. Seen from 40° north (New York, Denver) its
bottom stars twinkle nearly ten degrees high, and the
larger, dimmer Great Bear pattern walks upright on
the horizon toward the right. But at Miami (26° N) the
entire Dipper and Bear skim along below the northern
horizon out of sight.
Thursday, October 29
The Ghost of Summer Suns. Halloween is approaching, and this means that Arcturus, the star sparkling low in the westnorthwest in twilight, is taking on its role as "the Ghost of Summer Suns." What does this mean? For several days centered
on October 29th every year, Arcturus occupies a special place above your local landscape. It closely marks the spot there
where the Sun stood at the same time, by the clock, during warm June and July — in broad daylight, of course.
So, in the last days of October each year, you can think of Arcturus as the chilly Halloween ghost of the departed summer
Sun.
Friday, October 30
Sometime around 7 or 8 p.m., depending on where you live in your time zone, bright Capella is exactly as high in the
northeast as Fomalhaut is in the south.
On Saturday (North American date), the quarter-mile asteroid 2015 TB145 passes 1.3 lunar distances from Earth. It will reach
10th or 11th magnitude (100 times too faint to see with the unaided eye) as it crosses the northern sky of the early-morning
hours. It's all over the news and the internet, but there's no chance it will hit Earth for pete's sake. See our article and
chart: Close-in Asteroid Offers Halloween Treat.
Sky & Telescope
ISS Sighting Opportunities
No sightings for Denver through Nov. 2nd.
Sighting information for other cities can be found at NASA’s Satellite Sighting Information
MAVEN Launch November 18, 2013
NASA
NASA-TV Highlights
(all times Eastern Time Zone)
6:30 a.m., Wednesday, October 28 - U.S. ISS Spacewalk Coverage (Kelly and Lindgren;
Spacewalk Begins at 8:10 a.m. ET; could begin earlier if spacewalk preparations allow) (NTV1 (Public))
6:30 a.m., Wednesday, October 28 - U.S. ISS Spacewalk Coverage (Kelly and Lindgren;
Spacewalk Begins at 8:10 a.m. ET; could begin earlier if spacewalk preparations allow) (NTV2 (Education), NTV-3 (Media))
10 a.m., Wednesday, October 28 - NASA Administrator Charles Bolden Discusses Agency’s
Journey to Mars at Center for American Progress (NTV-1 (Public))
11 a.m., Wednesday, October 28 - U.S. ISS Spacewalk Coverage (Kelly and Lindgren)
(NTV-1 (Public))
2 p.m., Thursday, October 29 - In-Flight Interviews with MSNBC and TIME Magazine (Starts
at 1:55pm) (all channels)
Watch NASA TV online by going to the NASA website
Space Calendar
Oct 27 - Comet 51P/Harrington At Opposition (0.859 AU)
Oct 27 - Apollo Asteroid 2015 TL238 Near-Earth Flyby (0.034 AU)
Oct 27 - Apollo Asteroid 2015 TL20 Near-Earth Flyby (0.063 AU)
Oct 27 - Apollo Asteroid 2015 TF Near-Earth Flyby (0.077 AU)
Oct 27 - Kuiper Belt Object 15760 (1992 QB1) At Opposition (40.252 AU)
Oct 27 - Oleg Kotov's 50th Birthday (1965)
Oct 27 - Gustave Solomon's 85th Birthday (1930)
Oct 28 - [Oct 23] Cassini, Enceladus Flyby
Oct 28 - Cassini, Distant Flyby of Polydeuces, Telesto, Daphnis, Pan & Helene
Oct 28 - Cassini, Orbital Trim Maneuver #428 (OTM-428)
Oct 28 - Comet 51P-A/Harrington At Opposition (0.866 AU)
Oct 28 - Comet 51P-D/Harrington At Opposition (0.866 AU)
Oct 28 - Comet C/2014 N3 (NEOWISE) At Opposition (3.510 AU)
Oct 28 - Comet 316P/LONEOS-Christensen Perihelion (3.582 AU)
Oct 28 - Asteroid 3229 Solnhofen Closest Approach To Earth (1.206 AU)
Oct 28 - Plutino 47171 (1999 TC36) At Opposition (29.570 AU)
Oct 28 - Kuiper Belt Object 42301 (2001 UR163) At Opposition (51.280 AU)
Oct 28 - Teleconference: Achieving Science Goals with CubeSats
Oct 28 - Edward Ney's 95th Birthday (1920)
Oct 29 - HiakaSat (HawaiiSat 1)/ ORS-Squared/ Supernova-Beta/ STACEM/ Argus/ EDSN 1-8/ PrintSat/ STU-1 Super-Strypi (SPARK) Launch
Oct 29 - Cassini, Distant Flyby of Titan
Oct 29 - Moon Occults Aldebaran
Oct 29 - Comet 61P/Shajn-Schaldach At Opposition (1.137 AU)
Oct 29 - Comet 205P-C/Giacobini Closest Approach To Earth (1.388 AU)
Oct 29 - Comet 205P/Giacobini Closest Approach To Earth (1.391 AU)
Oct 29 - Comet 88P/Howell At Opposition (1.421 AU)
Oct 29 - Comet C/2015 A2 (PANSTARRS) Perihelion (5.034 AU)
Oct 29 - [Oct 20] Apollo Asteroid 2015 UH Near-Earth Flyby (0.024 AU)
Oct 29 - Apollo Asteroid 410777 (2009 FD) Near-Earth Flyby (0.042 AU)
Oct 29 - Apollo Asteroid 2015 TX24 Near-Earth Flyby (0.076 AU)
Oct 29 - Asteroid 7220 Philnicholson Closest Approach To Earth (0.944 AU)
Oct 29 - Asteroid 4808 Ballaero Closest Approach To Earth (1.396 AU)
Oct 29 - Asteroid 6001 Thales Closest Approach To Earth (1.855 AU)
Oct 29 - Asteroid 1776 Kuiper Closest Approach To Earth (2.114 AU)
Oct 29 - Gary Hug's 65th Birthday (1950)
Oct 30 - [Oct 23] GPS-2F 11 Atlas 5 Launch
Oct 30 - Comet 205P-A/Giacobini Closest Approach To Earth (1.395 AU)
Oct 30 - Asteroid 9622 Terryjones Closest Approach To Earth (0.998 AU)
Oct 30 - Amor Asteroid 6456 Golombek Closest Approach To Earth (1.177 AU)
Oct 30 - Asteroid 13743 Rivkin Closest Approach To Earth (1.185 AU)
Oct 30 - Asteroid 6714 Montreal Closest Approach To Earth (1.366 AU)
Oct 30 - Asteroid 8283 Edinburgh Closest Approach To Earth (1.584 AU)
Oct 30 - Asteroid 797 Montana Closest Approach To Earth (1.691 AU)
JPL Space Calendar
Oct 30 - 30th Anniversary (1985), STS-61-A Launch (Space Shuttle Challenger, Spacelab-D1)
Food for Thought
NASA turning to U.S. industry to build asteroid redirect craft
Space Image of the Week
Fall Color Arrives in the U.S. and Canada

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