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.
HAVE A GREAT MONDAY!
CURRENT FIRE CONDITIONS
CURRENT HIGH OBSERVATIONS
Hayabusa2 Approaches Asteroid Ryugu
Image Credit & Copyright: ISAS, JAXA, Hayabusa2 TeamExplanation:
It looks like a big space diamond — but with craters. It’s 162173 Ryugu
), 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 System
for the development of life
, a series of approach images shows features suggestive of large boulder
s and craters
Tomorrow’s picture: taurusian dust pillars