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The month starts off with a 0.41% chance of Asteroid 2018 VP1 making a direct impact with Earth on November 2nd. But don’t worry, there’s nothing to worry about as the asteroid is only 2 meters in diameter which is about the size of a medium Christmas Tree. The worst-case scenario involves rattled windows and pebble-sized meteorites pinging rooftops.
Next, we’re treated to not one but two November meteor showers. The Northern Taurids Meteor Shower, which peaks on November 11th-12th, will produce a little more than 5 meteors per hour. The Leonids Meteor Shower peaks a few weeks later on November 16th-17th and is characterized as a major meteor shower with bright and fast meteors producing up to 15 meteors an hour.
Another exciting event this week is the SpaceX Crew-1 Mission, which is currently scheduled to launch on November 14th from the Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. This will be the first crew mission as part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program and will carry three NASA astronauts and one JAXA astronaut to the International Space Station aboard the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft, Resilience.
Check out the all the Space Subkast events happening in November 2020 below:
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