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10 Things for the Week of June 22-28
Columnist: Autumn Burdick

10 Things for the Week of June 22-28
20 June 2014

It's officially summer and warmer nights make the perfect combo for some night sky viewing. Besides, there will be a new moon on Friday.

If James Christy had not been viewing sky images this week (June 22nd) he would have never discovered Pluto's largest moon, Charon. Maybe someday you too will discover something -- and it could be this week -- why not?

All this, and more, in this week's edition of 10 Things.

1. CHARON

Happy 36th, Charon -- well actually Charon has been around for a lot longer than that. It was not until June 22, 1978 when James Christy discovered Charon did we even know that Pluto had a moon. Nowadays, we know that Pluto has in fact five moons (more could always be discovered, too).

(Can't wait for New Horizons to arrive there during summer 2015.)

2. ORBIT

Monday, June 23rd is the 5th anniversary of Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) arriving in orbit at the moon. LRO imaged the Apollo landing sites on the moon, (as well as other spacecraft there). Check out the images in the link below.

3. EROS

On Tuesday, Asteroid 433 Eros will make its closest approach to the Earth at a distance of 0.720 AU. (One AU is equal to about 150 million km or 93 million miles.)

Let me just say, Eros is a pretty famous asteroid. It's the first asteroid to be orbited by a spacecraft, and the first on which a spacecraft landed. And to top it all off Eros was the first near-Earth asteroid (NEA) to be discovered (1898).

4. PICASSO

Eros isn't the only asteroids coming by the Earth this week. Asteroid 4221 Picasso will make its closest approach to the Earth on June 25th at a distance of 1.444 AU.

5. ART

Yes, the asteroid in the listing above is named after the artist of modern fame. And did you know that it was 113 years ago, Tuesday, that Pablo Picasso had his first major exhibition (1901) in Paris at the young age of 19?

6. TITAN

The Library of Congress (Washington D.C.) is presenting a lecture titled: Saturn's Moon Titan: A Future Abode for Life? on Thursday, June 26th.

Dr. Carrie Anderson will discuss what we've learned about Titan with NASA's Flagship Cassini mission and the similarities and differences between Titan's exotic atmosphere and that of our home planet.

7. NEW MOON

Friday, June 27th is a new moon, which means dark skies. You may want to take this opportunity to view the night sky and perhaps attend a star party -- there are several this week.

8. COLORADO AND CALIFORNIA

June 24th through 29th there is a star party in both California and Colorado. Check out the links below for more information about each.

9. CANADA

In Toronto, Canada there will be a star party, title: "New Moon in June Algonquin Star Party"

10. CHERRY SPRINGS

The Cherry Springs Star Party will take place this week in Galeton, Pennsylvania from June 26th through the 29th.

More Information on the Facebook event page below.


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