Space News Update - September 3, 2013 -. In the News Story 1: NASA Mars Rover Views Eclipse of the Sun by Phobos Story 2: Kepler Can Still Hunt For Earth-Sized Exoplanets, Researchers Suggest Story 3: Big Bang’s Sound-Like Waves Show Up In Lab Simulation Departments The Night Sky
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- September 3, 2013 -
In the News
Story 1:NASA Mars Rover Views Eclipse of the Sun by Phobos
Story 2:Kepler Can Still Hunt For Earth-Sized Exoplanets, Researchers Suggest
Story 3:Big Bang’s Sound-Like Waves Show Up In Lab Simulation
The Night Sky
ISS Sighting OpportunitiesNASA-TV Highlights
Food for Thought
Space Image of the Week
Kepler Can Still Hunt For Earth-Sized Exoplanets, Researchers Suggest
Big Bang’s Sound-Like Waves Show Up In Lab Simulation Researchers Suggest
The Night Sky Researchers Suggest
Monday, September 2
• Right after dark at this time of year, bright Vega shines almost straight overhead for skywatchers at mid-northern latitudes. Whenever Vega is highest, it's the sign that rich Sagittarius is at its highest in the south. Work through the Sagittarius area with your charts and scope before it sinks low for the night and the season.
Tuesday, September 3
• With the Moon out of the evening sky, now's a good time to see what you can make of the distant galaxy cluster Abell 2666. Its location is easy to find just inside the Great Square of Pegasus. But you'll need a moderately large telescope and a good sky; the cluster's brightest member, giant NGC 7768, appears 12th or 13th magnitude. If you succeed, could this be your record-farthest galaxy? The cluster is 300 million light-years away. Use the finder charts and photo with Ken Hewett-White's "Going Deep" article in the September Sky & Telescope, page 60.
Wednesday, September 4
• The big but dark-colored asteroid 324 Bamberga has brightened to magnitude 8.3. It's nearly at an unusually close, once-in-22-years opposition. Seek it out on the edge of the Circlet of Pisces using the finder chart in the September Sky & Telescope, page 51.
Thursday, September 5
• As evening twilight fades, spot Venus low in the west. Look below it (by less than 2°) for much fainter little Spica twinkling away. Binoculars help. Saturn glows 14° to their upper left.
Friday, September 6
• Spica remains 2° below Venus in twilight, shifted somewhat from yesterday.
ISS Sighting Opportunities Researchers Suggest
ISS For Denver:
No sightings this week.
Sighting information for other cities can be found at NASA’s Satellite Sighting Information
NASA-TV Highlights Researchers Suggest
(all times Eastern Daylight Time)
September 4, Wednesday
11 a.m. - Expanded “Space Station Live” Including Coverage of the Release of the HTV-4 Cargo Ship from the ISS (HTV-4 Release Scheduled at appx. 12 Noon ET) - JSC (All Channels)
1 p.m. - Video File of the ISS Expedition 37/38 Qualification Training Simulation Runs at Star City, Russia - JSC (All Channels)
4 p.m. - NASA/Orbital Sciences Mission Preview Briefing - JSC (All Channels)
September 5, Thursday
10 -11:30 a.m. – NASA Social for LADEE Mission Live from the Wallops Flight Facility – HQ/WFF (Education Channel)
10:50 a.m. - ISS Expedition 36 Interviews with WGME-TV, Portland, ME and the CBS Radio Network - JSC (Public and Media Channels)
12:05 p.m. - ISS Mission Control On Console Interview with the Digital Learning Network - JSC (All Channels)
3 p.m. – LADEE Prelaunch Mission Briefing – HQ/WFF (All Channels)
4 p.m. – LADEE Mission Science and Technology Demonstration Briefing – HQ/WFF (All Channels)
September 6, Friday
6-10 a.m. –Live Interviews on the LADEE Mission – HQ/WFF (All Channels)
3:00 p.m. - Video File of the ISS Expedition 37/38 Crew News Conference at Star City, Russia and Visit to Red Square in Moscow - JSC (All Channels)
4-6 p.m. – Live Interviews on LADEE Mission – HQ/WFF (All Channels)
9:30 p.m. – Live Launch Coverage and Commentary on LADEE Mission – HQ/GSFC/WFF (Public and Media Channels)
9:30 p.m. – Simulcast of NASA EDGE Live Webcast of LADEE Mission and Launch – LARC/HQ/WFF (Education Channel)
Watch NASA TV online by going to the NASA website
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