Saturday, February 23, 2013
The Space Station will appear over the village at 6:58 p.m. Feb. 23, NASA reports.
The International Space Station will fly over Buffalo Grove at 6:58 p.m. Feb. 23, according to NASA. If skies are clear, viewers can watch it travel for four minutes, as it approaches from the northwest and disappears into the east. It will reach a maximum height of 69 degrees, NASA reports. If the sky is clear enough, the International Space Station will look, to the naked eye, like a bright, "fast-moving plane," NASA says. While not filmed in Buffalo Grove, the attached YouTube video gives an example of an ISS flyby. Crews aboard the station are conducting a number of studies, including experimenting with space medicine and learning about gravity’s affect on life. "They also observe and study the Earth and space," according to NASA. …
Friday, February 15, 2013
NASA is providing live coverage of the asteroid flyby starting at 1 p.m. Central time.
Asteroid 2012 DA14 is expected to fly within about 17,200 miles from Earth, NASA says. The asteroid is expected to fly by Earth at about 1:24 p.m. Central time, according to the Adler Planetarium. What do you think? Share your thoughts in the comments!
Thursday, February 14, 2013
Asteroid 2012 DA14, NASA says, will be about 17,200 miles from Earth.
An asteroid that is about 150 feet in diameter is expected to fly by Earth early Friday afternoon. While NASA says there's no chance that asteroid 2012 DA14 will hit Earth, the asteroid is expected to pass between Earth and its ring of geosynchronous weather and communications satellites. "The flyby of asteroid 2012 DA14 is the closest ever predicted Earth approach for an object this large," according to the NASA website. "Scientists at NASA's Near-Earth Object Program Office in Pasadena, CA, estimate that an asteroid the size of 2012 DA14 flies this close every 40 years on average and that one will impact Earth, on average, about once in every 1,200 years." At its closest approach, asteroid 2012 DA14 will be about 17,200 miles from Earth…
Saturday, August 4, 2012
As NASA's Mars Curiosity nears its final destination, Earthlings prepare to watch.
The Mars rover Curiosity is on course to land on Earth Sunday night. But don't worry, the car-sized robot hasn't wandered 152 million miles off its trajectory. NASA has arranged viewing parties all across the country for the public to watch the all-or-nothing touchdown of their most ambitious Mars mission yet. But you'll have to stay up late. Touchdown is expected around 12:30 a.m. Aug. 7. Viewing parties will be held in various places around the country, with the largest one planned in Times Square. There's also a free viewing party Sunday night at the Adler Planetarium. Locally, kids will have another chance to witness the landing. Post-viewing workshops will be held at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Monday at Vernon Area Public Library. …