November will be slightly less eventful than the last month in terms of stargazing events, but there will still be some highlights such as a total lunar eclipse, the perigee of Mars, the Leonids and a few smaller meteor showers. A new addition to these calendars will also include the best times to observe major asteroids and comets.
After a long hiatus, we at CosmoBC decided to bring back the monthly stargazing calendar. We hope to help you keep track of the best astronomical events you may wish to observe in the night sky this coming month of September.
Mining of Gold, Coal, metals is alright but mining an asteroid? Sounds unfathomable, right. Forget about doing it, not many people would have heard of it. But you may be amazed to discover that scientists are endeavoring to achieve this challenging deed. It may sound insane, but do you know, an asteroid can hold numerous materials that are precious on earth. And, there are countless asteroids, and asteroid mining seems to be a planet-friendly way to amass resources. Here is an Infographic illustrating how scientists are planning on doing this and what could be the expected expenses.
On the night of December 13 and 14 the Geminids meteor shower will peak. It is considered by many to be the best shower in the heavens, producing up to 120 multicolored meteors per hour at its peak. This is why it is known as the king of meteor showers. Some meteors can also be seen anytime from December 7 to 17.
Last month on Thanksgiving day comet ISON made a close approach to the Sun and unfortunately disintegrated in the process. It is possible that small pieces of the comet survived this encounter and if so, they will pass near the Earth by the end of this month.
Since the dawn of history, outer space has always caught the imagination of people across the continents and different cultures. However most of what we currently know about space has been discovered since the beginning of the space age over half a century ago. The infographic below shows 15 interesting facts about outer space that you may not have known about. A few common misconceptions are also explained. Infographic by OnlineSchools.org
This month we are expecting the flyby of Asteroid 2005 YU55. On November 8th, it will make a close approach to the Earth at 0.85 lunar distances. It has a diameter of about 400 meters so unfortunately it is too small to be visible to the naked eye.
This month we were expecting to see a close approach of the comet Elenin. Unfortunately, the comet has recently lost in brightness and it seems that it is breaking up. Even these news haven't stopped all that doomsday nonsense in the blogosphere about this comet crashing into the Earth…
A “Trojan” asteroid has been discovered sharing Earth’s solar orbit by astronomers studying observations taken by NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) mission. Trojans are asteroids that are gravitationally bound to a planet, but are not moons, because they do not orbit the planet. Instead they orbit one of the two stable points in front of or behind the planet, called Lagrangian points (L4 and L5 to be precise). In our solar system, Trojans are fairly common. Some share orbits with Neptune, Mars and Jupiter. Two of Saturn’s moons also share orbits with Trojans. It has been predicted by scientists that the Earth should have Trojans, but they have been…
Recently NASA's Dawn spacecraft achieved orbit around Vesta on July 17. The first photos of the giant asteroid were taken then. The following infographic explains the whole mission of the Dawn spacecraft.