This 11-minute animation depicts key events of NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory mission, which will launch in late 2011 and land a rover, Curiosity, on Mars in August 2012. A shorter 4-minute version of this animation, with narration, is also available on our youtube page.
The biggest full moon of the year, a so-called “supermoon,” will take center stage when it rises this weekend, and may interfere with the peak of an annual meteor shower created by the leftovers from Halley’s comet.
The supermoon of 2012 is the biggest full moon of the yearand will occur on Saturday (May 5) at 11:35 p.m. EDT (0335 May 6), though the moon may still appear full to skywatchers on the day before and after the actual event. At the same time, the annual Eta Aquarid meteor shower will be hitting its peak, NASA scientists say.
“Its light will wash out the fainter Eta Aquarid meteors,” NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke of the Marshall Space Flight Center told SPACE.com in an email. Still, Cooke said there’s a chance that the brightest fireballs from the meteor display may still be visible.
National Museum Planetarium: Opening Ceremony. 19 Feb 2012
Film showing: “Doomsday 2012: End of Days”
Planetarium show: opening of “Starry Starry Nights”
“A Guide to knowing the truth about 2012 End of Days Scenario” Dr. Armando Lee
“Messier Observing Strategies” Peter Tubalinal
“Sky Observations with Celestron SkyScout” Christopher Lee
To be followed by public viewing at Rajah Solayman Park
Astrocamp/MOA: 24 Feb 2012. Free Public Viewing.
RTU: Closing Ceremony. 25 Feb 2012.
“Dark Matter, Dark Energy and the Fate of the Universe” John Ray Cabrera
“White Light & H-alpha Solar Imaging” Dr. Jett Aguilar
“Tips and Secrets of Planetary Imaging” Christopher Go
“The State of Philippine Astronomy” Dr. Jesus Torres
alternate lecture: “When the Universe Attacks” Reuel Norman Marigza, Jr.
To be followed by Free Public Viewing
at RTU Quadrangle