Wednesday, December 02, 2015
Interplanetary Spacecraft to Buzz Earth Dec. 3rd
Source - Space Weather News for Dec. 2, 2015: http://spaceweather.com
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.