East Asia Blasts Off: Major Debut for China CZ-5 Rocket, Japan H-2A Going for 25th Straight Success
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Weekly Planet Watch – Evening Planets: Venus (SW), Mars (SW), Saturn (SW), Uranus (SE), Neptune (SE); Morning Planets: Jupiter (E).
New Worlds 2016: Human Settlement of the Space Frontier
| Oct 31 — Cornell University, Ithaca NY: Lecture: Asteroid Radar Science; Sean Marshall of Cornell, 12:30.
Oct 31 – Nov 3 — ESA, University of Strathclyde, University of Rome, Astronomical Observatory of Belgrade, et al, Noordwijk, The Netherlands: Stardust Final Conference on Asteroids and Space Debris: Pushing the Boundaries of Space Research to Save Our Future.
Oct 31 – Nov 4 — International Space Science Institute, Bern, Switzerland: Workshop: Cosmic Dust from the Lab to the Stars.
Oct 31 – Nov 4 — Yukawa Institute for Theoretical Physics, Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan: Compact Stars and Gravitational Waves.
Oct 31 — Moon: At apogee (distance 406,214 km – farthest in year), 10:00.
Oct 31 — Apollo Asteroid 2016 UR36: Near-Earth Flyby (0.003 AU).
Oct 31 — Apollo Asteroid 2016 TB57: Near-Earth Flyby (0.013 AU).
Oct 31 — Apollo Asteroid 2016 UP36: Near-Earth Flyby (0.013 AU).
Oct 31 — Apollo Asteroid 164121 (2003 YT1): Near-Earth Flyby (0.035 AU).
Oct 31 — Aten Asteroid 2016 UC31: Near-Earth Flyby (0.057 AU).
Oct 31 — Apollo Asteroid 2016 PN38: Near-Earth Flyby (0.079 AU).
Oct 30 – Nov 1 — Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology, Asia Pacific Center for Theoretical Physics, Vietnam Institute of Physics, et al, Hanoi, Vietnam: Hanoi International Workshop: Gravitation and the Universe.
Oct 30 – Nov 4 — Korea Institute for Advanced Study, Seoul, South Korea: 7th KIAS Workshop on Cosmology and Structure Formation.
Nov 1 — Deep Space: New Horizons heading into Kuiper Belt toward 30-40 km diameter object 2014 MU69 for January 1, 2019 flyby; recent observations show reddish surface on KBO – possibly more red than Pluto, indicating presence of tholin molecules.
Nov 1 — Cassini: Flyby of moon Telesto (104,000-km altitude) and Polydeuces (107,000-km altitude).
Nov 1 — JAXA, Launch H-2A / Himawari 9, Tanegashima Space Center, Japan: H-2A rocket to launch Himawari 9 weather satellite for Japan Meteorological Agency to collect weather imagery over East Asia & Western Pacific regions.
Nov 1 — Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, University of Arizona, Tucson AZ: LPL Colloquium: Geochemistry of Martian Basalts with Constraints on Magma Genesis; Justin Filiberto of Southern Illinois University, 15:45.
Nov 1 — SETI Institute, Mountain View CA: Lecture: Geological field trip to Gale crater, Mars: a view from the ChemCam on MSL; Marion Nachon, UC Davis 12:00.
Nov 1-3 — Lunar Exploration Analysis Group (LEAG), Columbia MD: 2016 Annual Meeting of the LEAG; at USRA Headquarters.
Nov 1 — Apollo Asteroid 2006 KC: Near-Earth Flyby (0.086 AU).
Nov 2 — International Space Station, LEO: Today marks start of 17th year of continuous Human occupation of ISS; first component launched Nov 20, 1998, occupation began Nov 2, 2000.
Nov 2 — United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), New Delhi, India: Asia-Pacific Space Leaders Forum; pre-conference event to Asia Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR)
Nov 2 — UK Space Agency, ESA, University of Portsmouth, Portsmouth, United Kingdom: Principia Schools Conferences; Tim Peake to join educational conference on space exploration for students.
Nov 2 — British Interplanetary Institute, London, United Kingdom: Lecture: US Spy Satellites 1954-2016; David Baker.
Nov 2 — Keck Institute for Space Studies, Pasadena CA: Artificial Intelligence Support of Rosetta Orbiter Science Operations; Steve Chien of JPL, 17:00.
Nov 2-4 — ESA, Madrid, Spain: Gaia 2016 Data Release #1 Workshop; at European Space Astronomy Centre.
Nov 2 — Moon: 9.6° N of Antares, 01:00; 3.7° N of Saturn, 10:00; 6.8° N of Venus, 20:00.
Nov 2 — Apollo Asteroid 2016 UX5: Near-Earth Flyby (0.018 AU).
Nov 3 — CNSA, Launch Long March 5 Maiden Flight, Wenchang Satellite Launch Center, Hainan Island, China (19° N): Next-generation heavy lift launch system, Long March 5 inaugural flight from new launch pad at Hainan.
Nov 3 — Cornell University, Ithaca NY: Lecture: Characterizing Planetary Systems Orbiting Low-mass Stars; Courtney Dressing from Caltech, 16:00.
Nov 3-4 — Aveiro University, Aveiro, Portugal: Gravitational Lensing and BH Shadows Workshop.
Nov 3-5 — National Centre for Radio Astrophysics – Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Goa, India: SKA Pathfinders Radio Continuum Surveys 2016.
Nov 3 — Aten Asteroid 2012 XS111: Near-Earth Flyby (0.077 AU).
Nov 3 — Amor Asteroid 2016 UW35: Near-Earth Flyby (0.085 AU).
Nov 4 — Caltech, Pasadena CA: Caltech Astronomy Public Lectures: How to Prepare for the Great American Eclipse of 2017; Erika Hamden, 19:00.
Nov 4 — Challenger Center, Aerojet Rocketdyne, Sacramento CA: Return to the Moon; simulated space mission supporting astronauts from Mission Control and hands-on science experiments, robotics, space probe development.
Nov 4 — Apollo Asteroid 2016 TG55: Near-Earth Flyby (0.010 AU).
Nov 5 — UK Space Agency, ESA, University of York, York, United Kingdom: Principia Schools Conferences; Tim Peake to join educational conference on space exploration for students.
Nov 5-9 — UNOOSA, Iranian Space Agency, Inter-Islamic Network on Space Science and Technology, Tehran, Iran: United Nations/Islamic Republic of Iran Workshop on the Use of Space Technology for Dust Storm and Drought Monitoring in the Middle East Region.
Nov 5 — Moon: 3.0° N of Pluto, 00:00.
Nov 5 — Mars: At heliocentric conjunction with Neptune, 09:00.
Nov 5 — Apollo Asteroid 2016 UE: Near-Earth Flyby (0.014 AU).
Nov 6 — United Launch Alliance, Launch Atlas 5 / WorldView 4, Cape Canaveral AFS FL: ULA Atlas 5 rocket, designated AV-062, to launch WorldView 4 Earth observation satellite for DigitalGlobe.
Nov 6 — Standard Time (USA): Change clocks back 1 hour from Daylight Saving to Standard Time; does not include Hawai’i, American Samoa or Arizona (except the Navajo Reservation).
Nov 6 — Moon: 5.3° N of Mars, 01:00.
Nov 6 — Apollo Asteroid 468583 (2007 LS): Near-Earth Flyby (0.086 AU).