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Space News Update

- January 24, 2014 -

In the News

Story 1: NASA's Opportunity at 10: New Findings from Old Rover

Story 2: NASA Launches TDRS-L a Third Generation Communications Satellite

Story 3: Rosetta's Comet Chase Is On

Departments

The Night Sky

ISS Sighting OpportunitiesSpace Calendar

NASA-TV Highlights

Food for Thought

Space Image of the Week





The Night Sky Satellite

  • Friday, January 24

  • Mercury is becoming easy to spot; look for it low in the west-southwest as twilight fades, as shown above. Don't confuse it with twinkly Fomalhaut, well off to its left in the southwest. Mercury is beginning its best evening apparition since last June for mid-northern skywatchers. See our article.

  • The Moon rises around 2 a.m. Saturday morning, with Saturn glowing just 1° or 2° from it (as seen from the Americas). They're high in the south together by dawn, as shown at right.

  • Saturday, January 25

  • Algol is at minimum brightness, magnitude 3.4 instead of its usual 2.3, for a couple hours centered on 10:09 p.m. EST. It takes several additional hours to fade and to rebrighten.

  • Jupiter's Great Red Spot transits Jupiter's central meridian around 11:01 p.m. EST.

  • Sunday, January 26

  • This is the frigid time of year when the Little Dipper (mostly dim) hangs straight down from Polaris shortly after dark. Look due north.

  • Monday, January 27

  • In the dawn Tuesday morning the 28th, make a point to look low in the southeast to catch Venus with the waning crescent Moon to its right, as shown at lower right. A telescope shows that Venus too is a crescent!

Sky & Telescope


ISS Sighting Opportunities Satellite

ISS For Denver:

Sighting information for other cities can be found at NASA’s Satellite Sighting Information


NASA-TV Highlights Satellite

(all times Eastern Daylight Time)

January 24, Friday

1 p.m. - Opportunity 10th Anniversary - HQ (All Channels)

4 p.m. - Opportunity 10th Anniversary - HQ (All Channels)

8 p.m. - Opportunity 10th Anniversary - HQ (All Channels)

January 27, Monday

8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. - Coverage of ISS Expedition 38 Russian Spacewalk (Spacewalk begins at 9:10 a.m. ET) - JSC (All Channels)

1 p.m. - Continued Coverage of ISS Expedition 38 Russian Spacewalk - JSC (NTV-1, NTV-2)

1 - 3 p.m. - Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) L-30 Press Briefing - GSFC (NTV-3)

Watch NASA TV online by going to the NASA website


Space Calendar Satellite

Jan 24 - Comet 293P/SpacewatchAt Opposition (1.142 AU)

Jan 24 - Comet 121P/Shoemaker-HoltClosest Approach To Earth (2.831 AU)

Jan 24 - [Jan 23] Asteroid 2014 BZ2Near-Earth Flyby (0.015 AU)

Jan 24 - Asteroid 25137 Seansolomon Closest Approach To Earth (1.775 AU)

Jan 25 - [Jan 22] 10th Anniversary (2004), Mars Exploration Rover B (Opportunity), Mars Landing

Jan 25 - Cassini, Orbital Trim Maneuver #369 (OTM-369)

Jan 25 - Moon Occults Saturn

Jan 25 - Comet 80P/Peters-HartleyAt Opposition (2.214 AU)

Jan 25 - Comet P/2012 SB6 (Lemmon)At Opposition (2.661 AU)

Jan 25 - Comet 121P/Shoemaker-HoltAt Opposition (2.831 AU)

Jan 25 - Asteroid 2 Pallas Occults TYC 6054-00157-1 (11.4 Magnitude Star)

Jan 25 - Asteroid 2006 AL4Near-Earth Flyby (0.051 AU)

Jan 25 - Asteroid 295565 Hannover Closest Approach To Earth (1.775 AU)

Jan 25 - Asteroid 6489 GolevkaClosest Approach To Earth (2.728 AU)

Jan 25 - 20th Anniversary (1994), Clementine Launch (USA Moon Orbiter)

Jan 26 - [Jan 23] Asteroid 2014 BA3Near-Earth Flyby (0.015 AU)

Jan 26 - [Jan 24] Asteroid 2014 BE3Near-Earth Flyby (0.082 AU)

Jan 26 - Asteroid 4330 Vivaldi Closest Approach To Earth (1.236 AU)

Jan 26 - Asteroid 51825 Davidbrown Closest Approach To Earth (1.912 AU)

Jan 27 - Asteroid 602 Marianna Occults HIP 37265 (4.9 Magnitude Star)

Jan 27 - Asteroid 1997 Leverrier Closest Approach To Earth (1.511 AU)

Jan 27 - Asteroid 310 Margarita Closest Approach To Earth (1.642 AU)

Jan 28 - [Jan 17] Comet P/2014 A3 (PANSTARRS)At Opposition (3.073 AU)

Jan 28 - [Jan 17] Comet P/2014 A3 (PANSTARRS)Closest Approach To Earth (3.073 AU)

Jan 28 - Comet 267P/LONEOSAt Opposition (3.190 AU)

Jan 28 - Asteroid 1179 Mally Occults HIP 7097 (3.6 Magnitude Star)

Jan 28 - Asteroid 2012 BX34Near-Earth Flyby (0.025 AU)

Jan 28 - Asteroid 2791 Paradise Closest Approach To Earth (1.141 AU)

Jan 28 - Asteroid 58671 Diplodocus Closest Approach To Earth (1.724 AU)

Jan 28 - Asteroid 6030 Zolensky Closest Approach To Earth (2.227 AU)

JPL Space Calendar


Food for Thought Satellite

NASA Set for a Big Year in Earth Science with Five New Missions


Space Image of the Week Satellite

Micro Moon over Super Moon Image Credit: Stefano Sciarpetti


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