Today’s Weather And Fire Conditions For Monday June 25th, 2018

Mainly sunny today with moderate to high winds and a high of 26C. Currently we have a few clouds, a temperature of 19C, our winds are from the S at 8 km/h and will increase to 20-30 km/h throughout the day.

There are no weather or marine warnings for our area at this time.

Our FIRE DANGER has now increased to MODERATE: Moderate (Blue) – Some wildfires may be expected. Expect moderate flame length and rate of spread. Control is usually not difficult and light to moderate mop-up can be expected. Although controlled burning can be done without creating a hazard, routine caution should be taken.





Hayabusa2 Approaches Asteroid Ryugu 
Image Credit & Copyright: ISASJAXA, Hayabusa2 Team
Explanation: It looks like a big space diamond — but with craters. It’s 162173 Ryugu (Dragon’s Castle), and Japan‘s robotic Hayabusa2 mission is now arriving at this near-Earth asteroid. Ambitious Hayabusa2 is carrying an armada of separable probes, including two impactors, four small close-proximity hoverers, three small surface hoppers, and the Mobile Asteroid Surface Scout (MASCOT) which will land, study, and move around on Ryugu’s surface. Most of these are equipped with cameras. Moreover, Hayabusa2 itself is scheduled to collect surface samples and return these samples to Earth for a detailed analysis near the end of 2020. Previously, what was known about asteroid Ryugu was its orbit, that it spans about one kilometer, and that it has a dark surface that reflects unusual colors. Studying Ryugu could tell humanity not only about Ryugu’s surface and interior, but about what materials were available in the early Solar Systemfor the development of lifePictured, a series of approach images shows features suggestive of large boulders and craters.

Tomorrow’s picture: taurusian dust pillars


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