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10 Things for the Week of December 8 - 14
Columnist: Autumn Burdick

10 Things for the Week of December 8 - 14
6 December 2013

Science is the word of the year and you could say that it is the word of the week, too. A moon landing, and the American Geophysical Union conference are this week -- plus a few other things. It's all here is this week's edition of 10 Things.

1. TELESCOPE

Sunday, December 8 is the 105th anniversary of the Mount Wilson 60-inch telescope. Learn all about this historic telescope, here.

2. VENUS PIONEER

Monday is the 35th anniversary of Pioneer Venus 2's arrival at Venus. (Pictured above)

3. AGU

All this week (December 9 - 13, 2013) is the annual fall meeting of the American Geophysical Union in San Francisco, Calif.

4. METEORITE FALL

155 years ago, Monday, a meteorite fell and hit a building in France.

5. TOWN HALL

The AGU Town Hall meeting will take place on Tuesday, December 10th and will discuss: "Guidance for NSF on National Ocean Science Research Priorities -- Decadal Survey for Ocean Sciences."

6. HOLST: THE PLANETS
Asteroid 3590 Holst -- named after the composer of the famous orchestral suite, "The Planets" -- will have its close flyby on Thursday, December 12th.

7. GEMINIDS

This Friday the 13th is the peak of the annual Geminid meteor shower -- it starts at about 9-10 p.m. A nearly full moon will make 2013 an unfavorable year for watching the Geminids. However, since the Geminids are bright meteors you still may be able to view this plentiful shower.

8. BIRTHDAY

Saturday, December 14th is the 467th anniversary of the birth of astronomer Tycho Brahe (1546-1601).

9. LUNAR LANDING

On Saturday, Chang'e 3 will make its moon landing. This is the first lunar soft landing mission since the Soviet Union's Luna 24 in August 1976.

10. EXPLORE

Want to learn more about the moon and the missions that have been sent there? Check out moon.nasa.gov.


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Autumn is the science writer who enjoys bringing this weekly look at upcoming events and stories from around our solar system to you. Follow SSE on Twitter: @NASASolarSystem
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