Heavenly bodies: Out of this world happenings in 2012

Heavenly bodies: Out of this world happenings in 2012

Summary: Geek out with eclipses, meteor showers and robotic machines landing on Mars. Check out what is happening across the skies in 2012.

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  • The summer solstice occurs when the axial tilt of the Earth's northern hemisphere is most aligned with that of the Sun.  The precise time when this will happen in summer 2012 will be UTC 23:09.

     

    Credit: NASA

  • The Southern Delta Aquariids peak on July 28th and 29th producing about 20 meteors per hour at their peak. Meteors in this region can be seen from July 18 - August 18. This year promises to be a good show as the first quarter Moon will set just after midnight leaving dark skies to see the show. Look east  after midnight.

     

    Credit: Meteor Showers Online

  • Curiosity, the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) was launched from Cape Canaveral on November 26th 2011. It is scheduled to land on Mars at Gale Crater near Mouint Sharp between August 6th and August 20th 2012. This Mars rover will carry more instruments and experiments than previous rovers. The red Martian landscape will be photographed by Curiosity's high definition camera.

    It will be scooping up soil, drilling rocks and trying to determine whether Mars is, or ever has been able to support life.

     

    Credit: NASA

Topic: Nasa / Space

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  • OMG Uranus !

    You appear to be on a major mission to thoroughly waste all of our lives on your ridiculous Slide Shows. Let's get back to responsible photo-journalism PLEASE.
    Regulus