Wednesday, December 02, 2015

Interplanetary Spacecraft to Buzz Earth Dec. 3rd

Source - Space Weather News for Dec. 2, 2015:

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

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.

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