Night Sky Calendar - Northern Hemisphere
November 2009
Celestial Object

02 - Full Moon at 19:14 UT
05 - Taurid (south) meteor shower peaks. Active between 25 Sept and 25 Nov.
000 Associated with Comet 2P/Encke.
09 - Moon near Mars (morning sky) at 14h UT. Mag. +0.3.
12 - Taurid (north) meteor shower peaks. May produce the occasional bright fireball.
17 - Leonid meteor shower peaks at 9h UT. Arises from debris ejected by
000 Comet Tempel-Tuttle in 1533. Expect about 25 to 30 meteors per hour under
000 dark skies. Predictions of enhanced activity between 21-22h UT on 17 Nov
000 (favours sky watchers in Asia).
21 - Alpha Monocerotid meteor shower peaks at 15:25 UT. A usually minor
000 shower active 15-25 Nov. Radiant is near Procyon. Predictions of enhanced
000 activity this year. Timing favours Far East Asia, Australia and across the
000 Pacific to Alaska.
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The photo was taken by the Hubble Space Telescope and shows a detail of the nebula. This close-up shows a dense cloud of dust and gas, a stellar nursery full of embryonic stars. This cloud is about 8 light-years away from the nebula's central star, not shown in this picture. Located in Sagitarius, the nebula's name means "divided into three lobes".


Sunday, August 01, 2004

 Mission to Mercury 

After successfully sending an orbiter to Planet Saturn, NASA has another inter planetary mission to carry out next week. Rocket Delta 2 is scheduled to launch on Monday to send a probe to Planet Mercury...the hottest and coolest planet in our solar system. Mercury, the second smallest planet, is little larger than our moon and only 50 million miles away from the Sun, compared to Earth which is about 150 miles away. Due to close distance to the Sun, it only takes 88 Earth days for Mercury to circle the Sun. However, one day in Mercury is equal to 55 days as on Earth, the longest rotation in our planetary system. That is why the planet is so hot in the day, around 400 degree celcius and minus 170 degree Celcius at night. The mission to Planet Mercury will take up 7 years trip to reach the final orbit destination. The satellite will be oribiting the planet for only one year and after the fuel runs out, the satellite will plunge into the hot surface of the planet. The main goal of the mission is to map geological feature of Mercury's surface and to investigate the planet's cap of potential ice presence on the area. The last documentation of the planet was in 1975 when Mariner 10 made flybys that only succeeded mapping 45 percent of the entire region of the planet. The journey to the planet actually can take three months by direct trip from Earth, but due to NASA's strict budget i.e. requires little fuels and small rocket, the spacecraft will use several gravity assits from the Sun, Venus and Earth via a slingshot path to enter planet Mercury. Thus, the spacecraft is expected to reach the planet in 2011.

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