Here’s a few laughs on the government shutdown: NBC’s Saturday Night Live performed a “Gravity” skit on the NASA shutdown in the U.S. October 12th. Also, the Statue of Liberty is about to reopen after a new deal approved the move.
Be sure to keep your head in the clouds this week, or at least your eyes gazing upwards — otherwise you might miss your chance to see a naked-eye comet. The comet Pan-STARRS should be visible in the western sky, just after sunset, for the following week or so. You have to nail the timing, though, as it may be hard to see regardless, and won’t be visible once it’s fully dark. source
This is indeed a remarkably close approach for an asteroid this size. We estimate that an asteroid of this size passes this close to the Earth only once every few decades.Paul Chodas, research scientist for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory • Speaking on DA14, a 150-foot wide asteroid which is expected to make the closest flyby of the planet Earth on record. Estimated for 2:24 PM EST on February 15th, the asteroid will pass us, cosmically speaking, by a razor-thin margin – it’ll be ten times closer to Earth than the orbit of the Moon. Researchers assure there won’t be a collision, however – the asteroid will pass over the Indian Ocean, near Sumatra. source