January 5 - 11, 2015 Stargazer: Year In Space Preview

Jan 5, 2015

Credit Courtesy of Shawn Laatsch

We’ve got a few sunset /evening timed planets to look for, plus we get a preview of some of the big space-related stories we can expect to learn more about this year as HPR All Things Considered Local Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips from the Mauna Kea Astronomy Outreach Committee for this week’s Stargazer report.

Learn more about two of the events for 2015 that Christopher previews today:

The NASA Dawn spacecraft heading to the dwarf planet Ceres expected to arrive in orbit there in March 2015: (learn more at dawn.jpl.nasa.gov).

Dawn spacecraft rendering
Credit Background- William K. Hartmann, Courtesy of UCLA; image-NASA/MCREL

The NASA New Horizons spacecraft voyaging to the dwarf planet Pluto, expected to arrive nearby in July 2015. (Check out NASA's New  Horizon's page). According to NASA, New Horizons' closest pass to Pluto is 7:49 a.m. eastern on July 14, 2015. 

New Horizons baseline spacecraft design rendering.
Credit NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute