when is the next time something cool will happen in space?
On December 3, 2017 (2 weeks from now):
A supermoon occurs when the full moon and the moons closest approach to earth coincide. This will be the biggest, brightest moon all year.
December 13-14, 2017 (4 weeks from now):
The Geminids meteor shower is the strongest meteor shower of the year. It will be best to view around midnight between the 13th and 14th.
July 2018 (7 months from now):
hayabusa 2 will arrive at the asteroid ryugu
In December 2014, Japanese space agency, JAXA, launched Hayabusa 2 toward the asteroid named Ryugu.
Upon arrival, Hayabusa 2 will study the asteroid for a year and a half and return to the earth with samples in December 2020.
More: Wikipedia | JAXA
August 2018 (7 months from now):
osiris-rex will arrive at the asteroid bennu
OSIRIS-REx was launched in 2016, will flyby Earth for a gravity assist in 2017, then land on an asteroid in 2018.
OSIRIS-REx is expected to return to the earth with samples from 101955 Bennu in 2023.
More: Wikipedia | Mission site | NASA
On January 1, 2019 (1 year from now):
new horizons will arrive at KBO 2014 MU69
New Horizons (the probe that took our best ever photos of Pluto) is still going strong. It will pass Kuiper Belt Object 2014 MU69 at the start of 2019.
More: Wikipedia | NASA