SPACECRAFT TO BUZZ EARTH: Japan's Hayabasa 2 spacecraft
will buzz Earth on Dec. 3rd in a slingshot maneuver designed to propel
it to Asteroid Ryugu. Hayabasa 2 is an amazing mission which, if all
goes as planned, will drop as many as four landers on the asteroid and
return samples of the space rock to Earth for analysis. The mission, and
observing tips for amateur astronomers, are highlighted on today's
edition of Spaceweather.com.
QUIET SUN: Solar activity is low, and likely to remain
so for the next 3 days. NOAA forecasters estimate a scant 5% chance of
M-class flares on Dec. 2nd/3rd waning to no more than 1% on Dec. 4th. Stay tuned for quiet.