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10 Things for the Week of October 27 - November 2
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10 Things for the Week of October 27 - November 2
25 October 2013

Happy Halloween, everyone. No doubt you are gearing up for some spooky fun this week.

We have plenty of space things to help your celebration. From eerie space sounds, to ghostly space images -- it's Halloween-time.


Jane Houston Jones has compiled a great list of spooky-named space objects. Check out her Halloween-themed blog post for names and details about each.


Simply out of this world -- try playing these tracks to add a spooky atmosphere to your home. Download each to create your own mix-tape.


This Sunday, October 27th is the 40th anniversary of the Canon City meteorite fall. Luckily, no one was injured when this meteorite crashed through the roof of a garage in Canon City, Colo. The meteorite was found to be in several pieces. The largest four pieces weighed: 559 g (1.23 lbs.), 531 g (1.17 lbs.), 74 g (0.16 lbs.) and 53 g (0.12 lbs.)


Celebrating their 125th year, the Geological Society of America's (GSA) annual meeting will take place in Denver, Colo., October 27-30.


Trick or Treating is not the only nighttime event this week -- there are quite a few fall star parties to attend to view the night sky.


Scaring people out of their wits one Halloween-week 75 years ago (October 30, 1938), Orson Welles' broadcast of the "War of the Worlds" described a Martian invasion. This broadcast was so convincing in part due to the fact that the it was structured much like other breaking-news events.


During the evening and night of October 29th and the wee hours of October 30th, you have an opportunity to view three planets . After sunset see Venus in the southwestern sky. By 11 p.m. see Jupiter in the west-northwest sky. Mars will be above the crescent moon before dawn.


Thursday, October 31st, it's Halloween. Check out the links below for some fun and ghostly space imagery.

Space/Halloween Imagery:


Come 2:00 a.m. local time, November 3rd, it's time to "fall back." Be sure to set you clocks back one hour the night of November 2nd and gain an extra hour of sleep. That way you will be ready to view a solar eclipse in the morning (see number 10).


Looking forward to next week -- the morning of November 3rd will have a partial solar eclipse at sunrise (East Coast). Such places as Spain, Algeria and Israel will see the eclipse occur during the afternoon. Total eclipse will occur for viewers in equatorial Africa (also during the afternoon). Warning: Never view a solar eclipse with the naked eye.

"Do not attempt to observe the partial or annular phases of any eclipse with the naked eye. Failure to use appropriate filtration may result in permanent eye damage or blindness!" -- NASA Eclipse Site

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