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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.
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.