we have an exciting weekend ahead, over our heads! not only is monday my birthday, but many entertaining astronomical events are occurring as well!
if youre up early either saturday or sunday morning, you'll see the bright planet jupiter rising close to the waning gibbous moon. look to the south about an hour before sunrise:
the international space station (ISS) is currently orbiting the earth just near the line that splits night and day, which provides a continuously beeming bright ISS shooting across the sky every hour and a half! check out the heaven's above website to figure out when the bright ISS passes over your head.
finally.... the phoenix mars spacecraft will be landing on the surface of mars near the mysterious north pole region this sunday!! you can watch the event LIVE on NASA tv from 3:00 - 8:00 pm (i think thats pacific time?). you can also head over to mars live, where chris lintott and doug ellison will guide a guaranteed-to-be-entertaining live tour!