Dear Year In Space readers,

Image of the Week
This week we're celebrating the 85th birth anniversary of one of the Twentieth Century's most effective popularizers of science. Read more about Carl Sagan below or here, then watch this 10-minute video compilation of some of the most memorable moments of Sagan's Cosmos television series.

The Sky this Week
The Moon continues to wax this week, becoming nearly full by Sunday. It will dominate the evening sky, growing more illuminated as it moves eastward (toward the left, for observers in mid-northern latitudes) each night.  Look three planets spaced out evenly in the early evening sky.  Venus shines brightly, low in the west-southwest after sunset. Jupiter is less bright but obvious in the southwest at the same time, about 20° east (upper left) of Saturn. Finally, dimmest of all, Saturn is about 20° east of Jupiter, in the south at dusk. Low in the predawn sky, Mars is visible in the east-southeast. By week's end, it is only about 3° away from the brighter spring star Spica, which shines with a noticeably whiter color compared to the obvious ruddy hue of Mars.

I hope you enjoy this week's space calendar!
Steve

Carl’s Cosmos  The Hubble Ultra Deep Field image, in which all but a handful of objects are distant galaxies, is a fitting backdrop for remembering someone who made the wonders of the universe accessible to a large portion of the world’s population. Born eighty-five years ago this week, Carl Sagan was a professor of astronomy at Cornell University, but he was best known as a popularizer of science, reaching and inspiring millions through his books, magazine articles, and television broadcasts. His series Cosmos became the most-watched series in public television history, and the accompanying book was the best-selling science book ever published in English. Sagan was a pioneer in the field of exobiology and played a leading role in numerous planetary exploration missions. He died in 1996.

Image credit: NASA, ESA, and S. Beckwith (STScI) and the HUDF Team

Weekly Calendar

November 4 - 10, 2019

Holidays - Sky Events - Space History

Moon phase Monday 4

First Qtr Moon 5:23 AM ET
Taurid meteor shower

Moon phase Tuesday 5

Election Day

2013: Mars Orbiter Mission launched, India's first interplanetary mission
2018: Voyager 2 spacecraft enters interstellar space

Moon phase Wednesday 6

1572: Tycho Brahe records bright new star (supernova SN 1572) in Cassiopeia
1966: Lunar Orbiter II launched

Moon phase Thursday 7

Neptune 4° north of Moon
Moon at apogee

1963: First flight test of Apollo Launch Escape System
1967: Surveyor 6 launched
1996: Mars Global Surveyor launched
2013: Soyuz TMA-11M launched carrying ISS Expedition 38/39 crew

Moon phase Friday 8

Mars 3° north of Spica

1656: Edmund Halley born
1984: STS-51A Discovery launched
1995: STS-74 Atlantis launched
2005: ESA’s Venus Express launched

Moon phase Saturday 9

Venus 4° north of Antares

1934: Carl Sagan born
1967: Surveyor 6 lands on Moon
1967: Apollo 4 launched, first Saturn V launch

Moon phase Sunday 10

Uranus 4° north of Moon

1970: Luna 17 launched


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