SPACE PLANE FLARES: The US Air Force X-37B space plane is circling Earth on a classified mission. Although its orbit is officially unpublished, amateur sky watchers have spotted it and are monitoring its progress. This week, a veteran observer witnessed a spectacular flare from the X-37B, exceeding the brightness of Venus. Details may be found on today's edition of SpaceWeather News.
Bonus: You can turn your cell phone into a space plane tracker by downloading our field-tested Simple Fly-Bys app.
SATURN'S RINGS SURGE IN BRIGHTNESS: This weekend, Saturn will be at opposition--that is, opposite the sun in the skies of Earth. Whenever this happens, Saturn's rings surge in brightness due to backscattering of sunlight. Even a small telescope will show the effect.
Visit SpaceWeather.com for observing tips and a sky map.
Speaking of Saturn (now in process of performing America's natal Saturn Return with the last 'hit' of three occuring on August 28, 2011 @14Lib48 - and moving into opposition with Jupiter which will affect markets and such), Bernadette Brady writes of how Saturn is now isolated or in exile, a possible reference to Gaddafi or perhaps to other leaders under pressure to step down. Recommended: Zyntara where you'll also find analyses between the horoscopes of Hollywood Queen Elizabeth Taylor and Britain's 'Queen of Hearts' Princess Diana in the site's latest Newsletter.