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What's Up - October 2014
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What's Up Blog: Thoughts about our solar system by Jane Houston Jones
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Sunset Solar Eclipse   20 Oct 2014
Sunsets are always pretty. One sunset this month could be out of this world. On Thursday, Oct. 23rd, the setting sun across eastern parts of the USA will be red, beautiful and ... crescent-shaped. Read More
Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter
Mars Orbiter Image Shows Comet Nucleus is Small   20 Oct 2014
A camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has taken the highest-resolution image ever made of an Oort Cloud comet, taking advantage of the comet's Mars flyby. Read More
Mars Exploration Rover: Opportunity
NASA Rover Opportunity Views Comet Near Mars   20 Oct 2014
NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity caught an image of a celestial visitor -- comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring -- as the comet approached near to Mars on Oct. 19, 2014. Read More
Meteors & Meteorites
Orionid Meteor Shower Peak Viewing Available on Ustream   20 Oct 2014
Orionid meteors appear every year around this time when Earth orbits through an area of space littered with debris from the ancient comet. Normally, the shower produces 20 or so meteors per hour. Read More
Calendars: Solar System Launches & Events
28 Oct 2014 40th Anniversary, Luna 23: Launch
01 Nov 2014 20th Anniversary, Wind: Launch
02 Nov 2014 5th Anniversary, Cassini Enceladus Flyby
05 Nov 2014 1st Anniversary, Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM): Launch
05 Nov 2014 50th Anniversary, Mariner 3: Launch
06 Nov 2014 40th Anniversary, Luna 23: Landed on Lunar Surface
06 Nov 2014 50th Anniversary, Mariner 3: End of Mars Mission
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