Space News Update - November 25, 2011 -. In the News Story 1: NASA Mars Rover Ready for Saturday Launch Story 2: Does Pluto Have a Hidden Ocean? Story 3: Chandra Contributes to Black Hole Birth Announcement Departments The Night Sky ISS Sighting Opportunities Space Calendar
- November 25, 2011 -
In the News
Story 1:NASA Mars Rover Ready for Saturday Launch
Story 2:Does Pluto Have a Hidden Ocean?
Story 3:Chandra Contributes to Black Hole Birth Announcement
The Night Sky
ISS Sighting OpportunitiesSpace Calendar
Food for Thought
Space Image of the Week
Friday, Nov. 25
· Tonight Jupiter's icy, enigmatic moon Europa crosses onto the face of the planet at 9:45 p.m. EST, then exits at 12:10 a.m. EST. Europa's tiny black shadow crosses Jupiter from 11:08 p.m. to 1:34 a.m. EST.
· New Moon (exact at 1:10 a.m. on this date EST). The Moon partially eclipses the Sun for Antarctica, Tasmania, and small sections of South Africa and New Zealand.
Saturday, Nov. 26
· As twilight fades, look low in the southwest for the very thin crescent Moon hanging to the right of Venus — a beautiful sight! Seen from the time zones of the Americas, they're 3° to 5° apart.
Sunday, Nov. 27
Look for Venus shining well to the Moon's lower right in twilight, as shown here. Use binoculars to try for a last look for rapidly-fading Mercury, farther down in nearly the same direction.
Monday, Nov. 28
Jupiter's Great Red Spot crosses Jupiter's central meridian around 11:31 p.m. EST (8:31 p.m. PST).
No Sightings Nov. 25 - 28
Sighting information for other cities can be found at NASA’s Satellite Sighting Information
November 25, Friday11 a.m. - Curiosity Tweet-Up – KSC (Education Channel)11 a.m. - ISS Update (Public, HD and Media Channels)12 - 5 p.m. - Scientist in Action for MSL - KSC (Education Channel)1 p.m. - Why Mars Excites and Inspires Us News Conference - KSC (Public, HD and Media Channels)November 26, Saturday7:30 a.m. - MSL Launch Coverage - KSC (All Channels)TBD - MSL Post Launch Briefing (Approximately Two Hours After Launch and Following Confirmed Mars Trajectory) - KSC (All Channels)12 - 5 p.m. - Scientist in Action for MSL - KSC (Education Channel)
Watch NASA TV on the Net by going to NASA website.
· Nov 25 - Partial Solar Eclipse, Visible in Africa, Antarctica, Tasmania
· Nov 25 - AsiaSat 7 Proton M-Briz M Launch
· Nov 25 - Asteroid 2011 WN2 Near-Earth Flyby (0.021 AU)
· Nov 26 - Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) Atlas 5 Launch
· Nov 26 - Comet P/2010 U1 (Boattini) Closest Approach To Earth (4.446 AU)
· Nov 26 - Asteroid 2011 WR2 Near-Earth Flyby (0.050 AU)
· Nov 26 - Asteroid 9500 Camelot Closest Approach To Earth (1.249 AU)
· Nov 27 - Cassini, Distant Flyby of Titan
· Nov 27 - Asteroid 2008 KT Near-Earth Flyby (0.067 AU)
· Nov 27 - 40th Anniversary (1971), Mars 2, Mars Orbit Insertion
· Nov 27 - Anders Celsius' 310th Birthday (1701)
· Nov 28 - Cosmos 2478 Soyuz 2-1B-Fregat Launch
· Nov 28 - Asteroid 10916 Okina-Ouna Closest Approach To Earth (1.958 AU)
Mars Science Laboratory
JPL Space Calendar
Thanksgiving in Space? Five-Year-Old Turkey
Sunset with the Massive Sun Spot 1302 (Upper left on the Sun) Credit: Adrian Scott
Space Image of the Week