Astronomy & Spaceflight

By: LowerCal , 16:48 GMT le 16 novembre 2010

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Scroll past the links below to find special events for current and future dates.
Scroll farther to find past events.


***** Links *****

Today - SpaceWeather.com
also EarthSky,
365 Days of Astronomy
& Bad Astronomy | Discover Magazine
This Week - SkyandTelescope.com - This Week's Sky at a Glance
also Jack Horkheimer - Star Gazer, Current Scripts
This Month - SkyandTelescope.com - Sky Tour Podcasts
also HubbleSite - Tonight's Sky: Your guide to constellations, deep sky objects, planets, and events
Anytime - Stellarium (free planetarium for your computer)
also Sky & Telescope Interactive Sky Chart (online planetarium)

Visible Satellites:
Simplest - Satellite Flybys by SpaceweatherPhone.com
More satellites and more info - Heavens-Above.com.

Launches:
Spaceflight Now - Worldwide Launch Schedule
also Vandenberg AFB Launch Schedule
& Wallops Flight Facility Launch Webcast & Blog
Reentries - Center for Orbital and Reentry Debris Studies - Upcoming & Recent Reentries

Live Aurora Cams:
Kiruna, Sweden
also Sodankyla, Finland
& Yellowknife, Canada (click on CONNECT AURORAMAX LIVE)


Most events described below can be viewed with your eyes alone.
Occasionally simple binoculars will improve the view and that will be noted.


***** Current & Future Events *****

See the comment section.


Events earlier than those listed below will be found in previous blog entries.

***** Past Events *****

Lunar Apogee (Greek apo, away from + Greek Gaia, Earth)

Image credit: Pearson Scott Foresman

Exact at
November 15
1148 GMT
6:48am EST
3:48am PST.

The Moon is at its farthest distance in its non circular orbit around Earth. The Moon is about 12% farther than at its closest distance (perigee - Greek peri, near + Greek Gaia, Earth) and the Moon's gravitational influence on Earth and its oceans is about 20% less (due to the inverse square law).


Leonid Meteor Shower Peak(s)

WunderPhoto: Searching for Shooting Stars by johnlanoue Monday October 8, 2007

November 17
1500 & 2115 GMT
and
November 17 or 18, Moonset until Dawn (about 2AM-5AM local time)

The Leonids are visible from the Northern Hemisphere and the Southern Tropics. This year the peak times favor the Pacific from Alaska and Hawaii west to the International Date Line (IDL) in the early morning of November 17. West of the IDL through most of Asia is favored in the early morning of November 18.

The maximum rate is forecast to be about 20 per hour this year but has been variable recently.

Source and more information at
Leonids, IMO Meteor Shower Calendar 2010 | International Meteor Organization.

For Better Viewing
Find a Dark Location
A dark country location without "security" lights is best. If that's not convenient try to find a location where you can't see any lights or lighted surfaces. A nearby park or maybe even your backyard would qualify. On a beach facing the water would be another good alternative.

Where to Look
Meteors can appear in any part of the sky. To see the most meteors face the darkest part of your sky and look at least 45° above the horizon.

Be Comfortable
A reclining chair will keep you from getting a stiff neck and tired feet. A sleeping bag will keep you warm. (Even in the summertime you can get chilly at night if you are just lying still.) Insect repellent will keep you from being distracted by those little pests.

General Meteor Shower Information
An easy to read introduction to meteors with an interesting summary of annual showers is
Astronomy - Meteors and meteor showers - Francis Reddy.

Two primary sources of information on meteor showers are
The American Meteor Society and
The International Meteor Organinzation.


Kodiak Minotaur IV Launch

Photo credit: Joe Davila

Mission: STP-S26 (Space Test Program Small launch vehicle mission 26)
Launch Vehicle: Minotaur IV
Launch from Kodiak Launch Complex, Alaska (Google map)
November 20
0124-0254 GMT
November 19
8:24-9:54pm EST
5:24-6:54pm PST
4:24-5:54pm AKST (local time).

Launch status updates are at
Spaceflight Now | Tracking Station | Worldwide launch schedule.

More details appear on a launch blog at
Spaceflight Now | Minotaur Launch Report | Mission Status Center.


Cape Canaveral Delta IV Launch

Photo credit: U.S. Air Force

Mission: NROL-32 (National Reconnaissance Office Launch 32)
Launch Vehicle: Delta IV Heavy
Launch from Cape Canaveral AFS, Florida
November 18
2310 GMT
6:10pm EST (local time)
3:10pm PST.
November 19
2306 GMT
6:06pm EST (local time)
3:06pm PST.
no earlier than

November 21
2258 GMT
5:58pm EST (local time)
2:58pm PST.

Launch status updates are at
Spaceflight Now | Tracking Station | Worldwide launch schedule.

More details appear on a launch blog at
Spaceflight Now | Delta Launch Report | Mission Status Center.

You can find more info on the mission at
United Launch Alliance.

A live webcast will begin 25 minutes before launch.


○ Full Moon

WunderPhoto: Polar Moon by carlskou Friday October 22, 2010

Exact at
November 21
1727 GMT
12:27pm EST
9:27am PST.

Rises near sunset and sets near sunrise. At those times the Moon may seem huge (the Moon illusion) and unusually colored. The yellow/orange/red appearance of the Moon at the horizon is at least partly for the same reason the sky appears blue!




Image from: Australian Cooperative Research Centre for Renewable Energy

The gravitational pull of the Moon accounts for about 2/3 of the influence on Earth's tides with the Sun accounting for the remaining 1/3. On this date the gravitational pull of the Moon and Sun are aligned resulting in stronger tides - higher highs, lower lows and faster flows. (Due to the huge mass and volume of the ocean's water the tidal effect lags behind the phases of the Moon. The delay can be as long as three days at some times and places.)

Also see The Moon And Tides.


◑ Last (or Third) Quarter Moon

Exact at
November 28
2036 GMT
3:36pm EST
12:36pm PST.

Rises near midnight and sets near noon. Morning crescent moons for a week after. Each one thinner and closer to the eastern horizon.




Image from: Australian Cooperative Research Centre for Renewable Energy

The gravitational pull of the Moon accounts for about 2/3 of the influence on Earth's tides with the Sun accounting for the remaining 1/3. On this date the gravitational pull of the Moon and Sun are at right angles resulting in weaker tides - lower highs, higher lows and slower flows. (Due to the huge mass and volume of the ocean's water the tidal effect lags behind the phases of the Moon. The delay can be as long as three days at some times and places.)

Also see The Moon And Tides.


Lunar Perigee (Greek peri, near + Greek Gaia, Earth)

Image credit: Pearson Scott Foresman

Exact at
November 30
1910 GMT
2:10pm EDT
11:10am PDT.

The Moon is at its closest distance in its non circular orbit around Earth. The Moon is about 10.5% closer than at its farthest distance (apogee - Greek apo, away from + Greek Gaia, Earth) and the Moon's gravitational influence on Earth and its oceans is about 25% greater (due to the inverse square law).


Dark Moon (a.k.a. astronomical new moon)

Exact at
December 5
1736 GMT
12:36pm EDT
9:36am PDT.

Lower and thinner morning crescent moons the week before. Higher and thicker evening crescent moons the week after.




Image from: Australian Cooperative Research Centre for Renewable Energy

The gravitational pull of the Moon accounts for about 2/3 of the influence on Earth's tides with the Sun accounting for the remaining 1/3. On this date the gravitational pull of the Moon and Sun are aligned resulting in stronger tides - higher highs, lower lows and faster flows. (Due to the huge mass and volume of the ocean's water the tidal effect lags behind the phases of the Moon. The delay can be as long as three days at some times and places.)

Also see The Moon And Tides.


◐ First Quarter Moon

Exact at
December 13
1359 GMT
8:59am EST
5:59am PST.

Rises near noon and sets near midnight. Evening crescent moons for a week before. Each one thicker and higher above the western horizon.




Image from: Australian Cooperative Research Centre for Renewable Energy

The gravitational pull of the Moon accounts for about 2/3 of the influence on Earth's tides with the Sun accounting for the remaining 1/3. On this date the gravitational pull of the Moon and Sun are at right angles resulting in weaker tides - lower highs, higher lows and slower flows. (Due to the huge mass and volume of the ocean's water the tidal effect lags behind the phases of the Moon. The delay can be as long as three days at some times and places.)

Also see The Moon And Tides.


◑ Last (or Third) Quarter Moon

Exact at
December 28
0418 GMT
December 27
11:18pm EST
8:18pm PST.

Rises near midnight and sets near noon. Morning crescent moons for a week after. Each one thinner and closer to the eastern horizon.




Image from: Australian Cooperative Research Centre for Renewable Energy

The gravitational pull of the Moon accounts for about 2/3 of the influence on Earth's tides with the Sun accounting for the remaining 1/3. On this date the gravitational pull of the Moon and Sun are at right angles resulting in weaker tides - lower highs, higher lows and slower flows. (Due to the huge mass and volume of the ocean's water the tidal effect lags behind the phases of the Moon. The delay can be as long as three days at some times and places.)

Also see The Moon And Tides.


Shuttle Discovery Launch, STS-133 Mission & Landing + Double Spacecraft Flyovers

Photo credit: NASA/Troy Cryder

Mission: STS-133
Spacecraft & Launch Vehicle: Space Shuttle Discovery

Launch from Kennedy Space Center, Florida
NET (No Earlier Than)
November 30
0902 GMT ±5min
4:02am EST ±5min (local time)
1:02am PST ±5min.
December 3
0752 GMT ±5min
2:522am EST ±5min (local time)
December 2
11:52pm PST ±5min.
no earlier than
December 17
no earlier than
February 3

February 24
2150 GMT ±5min
4:50pm EST ±5min (local time)
1:50pm PST ±5min.

Docking with ISS (International Space Station)
-

Undocking from ISS
-

Landing at Kennedy Space Center
-

Find (when published) landing options at NASA - Launch and Landing
and the landing paths (when published) at NASA - STS-133 Landing Ground Tracks.

Launch status updates at
Spaceflight Now | Tracking Station | Worldwide launch schedule.

You can follow the progress of the Space Shuttle mission online at
Spaceflight Now | STS-133 Shuttle Report | Mission Status Center
and
NASA - Space Shuttle.

You can dig for more info at
Spaceflight Now - Index of /shuttle/sts133
and
CBS News Space Place - Space Shuttle Status Report.

Live online coverage of the mission will be on NASA TV - see the NASA TV Schedule.


WunderPhoto: SPACECRAFT by Westerberg Wednesday June 20, 2007

Between launch and docking with the ISS & undocking and landing it may be possible to sight both craft in the sky at the same time. Shuttle Atlantis and the ISS will be making visible passes over North America between launch and docking.

Check satellite pass predictions at
Heavens-Above
or try the simpler tool at
Satellite Flybys by SpaceweatherPhone.com.


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Sunrise and Venus (chikadee)
Sunrise and Venus
moon for Scorpios (grichardanderson)
moon for Scorpios
Before The Sunrise (Ralfo)
.That is our Famous Venus Planet at the center top. Very Bright this morning at ESE location
Before The Sunrise
Moon Rise (31337)
Moon Rise
Full Moon Flyby (virgo1048)
Launch of the Delta IV rocket. Taken from my backyard some 80 miles from Cape Canaveral.
Full Moon Flyby
Contrary to popular belief, they mostly just stand under it. (JonBeard)
Shooting the moonset with a long lens across a field which gives the perspective that the moon is huge compared to objects around it.
Contrary to popular belief, they mostly just stand under it.
morning moonset (got2dogs)
over Soldier Mt
morning moonset
Starry,StarryNight (trigirl)
What a gorgeous sky full of stars tonight!
Starry,StarryNight
Orion, the Hunter (Hurricane765)
I did not even know I could capture bright stars with my camera! This is my favorite constellation and am definitely going to shoot it again soon
Orion, the Hunter
4 LowerCal (Feather3)
Venus at sunrise on Nov 27th
4 LowerCal
Venus & Moon At Dawn (Ralfo)
today, 6:19 A.M., 12/2/10. Great Sight to see!
Venus & Moon At Dawn
The Last Moon (Ralfo)
for a while until the New Moon starts. Today it is at 2% Waning Moon. Taken at Dawn!
The Last Moon
2% Of Waning Crescent Full Moon. (Ralfo)
It was very faint at Dawn this morning as it came up.
2% Of Waning Crescent Full Moon.
Stars and Clouds (Doug484)
Night time near Greenland, CO. The glow to the left is Colorado Springs on the other side of Monument Hill.
Stars and Clouds
Setting Moon, Mars (Brillig)
The moon, having just passed in front of Mars, is setting just after the sun, as viewed from The Oasis Restaurant in Austin, TX. Video at http://vimeo.com/17552128
Setting Moon, Mars
Lunar Eclipse/ Man in the Moon (Denalidaze)
Took this photo of the moon and the eclipse. On the right curse you can see the profile of the "Man in the Moon". Winter will be here soon!
Lunar Eclipse/ Man in the Moon
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Eclipse over Pohick Bay (JCFindley)
Eclipse over Pohick Bay
Moon near maximum of eclipse (GeorgeRX)
Lunar Eclipse 12/21/10 approximately 1 am. Taken with 200mm lens and AstroTrac mount.
Moon near maximum of eclipse
Lunar Eclipse at totality (Endosidney)
This image was taken through a 4
Lunar Eclipse at totality
Venus At Dawn (Ralfo)
A very bright planet in the early morning. Looks small in this wide angle shot!
Venus At Dawn

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215. OGal
11:22 GMT le 21 décembre 2010
Good Mornin LC,
Woke up at three something put on my robe and stumble out the front door. There was not a cloud in the sky and the stars were brightly shinning and then there was the moon. It was in our western sky and had turned red but not completely. There was just a crescent size piece of moon that still was bright yellow. So gorgeous. I am really glad I was able to see it. It was cold so I didn't view the sight very long.
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214. GardenGrrl
10:55 GMT le 21 décembre 2010
Hi LC, am happy to report that this year I finally got to see two great Sky Events! It was mostly clear here so the lunar eclipse was great. Here is one of my pictures :-D

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213. Fshhead
09:26 GMT le 21 décembre 2010
Better late than never Aquak. Enjoy!!
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212. aquak9
09:22 GMT le 21 décembre 2010
ok I missssed totality, but I got to see the re-opening
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211. Fshhead
08:58 GMT le 21 décembre 2010
PEACE Cal & a Good Night to u also!
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210. LowerCal
08:53 GMT le 21 décembre 2010
Fsh Totality ends and I'm calling it a night.

Thanks to all for stopping by and sharing their experiences.

Pleasant dreams. 3^)
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209. Fshhead
08:46 GMT le 21 décembre 2010
Quoting DoverWxwatchter:
Interesting how even at the center of totality the moon was brighter on one side. It seems like one of the brighter total lunar eclipses I have seen.


Yea I noticed that too..
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208. LowerCal
08:46 GMT le 21 décembre 2010
Totality ends at 53 past the hour.
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207. LowerCal
08:43 GMT le 21 décembre 2010
Dover Even though I haven't seen it directly with my own eyes I'd say it will be rated as one of the brighter ones. There will probably be an online article at Sky&Telescope in the next couple of days.

One of the more colorful frames of the Chilean webcam showed the Moon as red with an almost teal blue along the very upper edge.
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206. LowerCal
08:37 GMT le 21 décembre 2010
Fsh Wonderful you have a spot like that nearby. Hope you and friends enjoy many wonderful evenings there.
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204. LowerCal
08:27 GMT le 21 décembre 2010
JF Wish I was there to see it.

Pat That's a nice red too.
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203. Fshhead
08:27 GMT le 21 décembre 2010
LOL Just talked to my friend out at the bridge. They are having a blast, saw a couple shooters & the milky way is a shinin' away. Telling you Cal, that bridge is a niice spot.
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202. LowerCal
08:19 GMT le 21 décembre 2010
goofyrider No bugs is great. I'm indoors and I've got a couple of gnats flying aroung my computer screen.

The "Urmid" meteors (and a special guest star) came through.
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201. Patrap
08:19 GMT le 21 décembre 2010
Eclipse near Totality, 15 ago

Uptown NOLA

Captureview Binocular Cam



...earlier,halfway there.


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shore You might see the Moon run over some stars if you use your binoculars.

Fsh What could be better than slewing a 10" light bucket around in the backyard? Slewing it around at the bridge I guess. Glad you're playing it smart and staying well though.

Jamiekins Thanks for the color!
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40.15 N, 74.02 W  30deg winds 11 g 22 no bugs
from the back deck;  great view of the eclipse
spotted about 7 shooters frm about 0130 till 0150  very faint trace all within or near the little dipper then nada untill 0230 when a screaming mimi started in the ssw and went to nw  this one seemed very close in comparison and as bright as the bettle
time for hot rum
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here are a few pics from Fort Myers All these pics of the eclipse were taken on my phone











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LOL Ohhh o.k. Using the big scope without the finder(batterys went dead) Saw a cluster when I was moving towards the Moon, Yup just che`cked on Stellarium, Beehive. Thought I recognized it! Should hsve used the Meade for this, Oh Well, it looks AMAZING through the big scope.. ;)
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Orange-red here, too. I wasn't prepared for the brightness of the stars around it. We really lucked out - there's a good bit of blowing low cloud and fog, but the overhead view is only obscured now and then by tendrils of cloud.

Not only that, I actually have neighbors out looking, too - including a guy saying to his sweetie, "See? SEE? I TOLD YOU!"
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Hmm, not enough recent volcanic activity. ;^)
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Mmmmm, like an orange red here..
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Totality complete now. Deepest totality at 17 minutes after the hour.

What sort of red? Orange-red, cherry red, blood red... ?
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Nice & red now, all the white about gone..
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I'm glad to hear the Southeast is getting a clear view for a change.
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About 5 minutes to totality now.
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Yea, me! Set the alarm and just headed out to see how conditions are - conditions are perfect! It's almost warm enough for no jacket, but I'm going to grab one and hed back out - it's as clear as can be. Amazing.....
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Some nice springs in the Gainesville/Alachua area if I remember.
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I'm guessing it will be a fairly bright red in totality if you can see the color next to the bright unshadowed part now.

Mexico, Taiwan and India have stopped by here recently.

I'm going to check on what's going on in Jacksonvillle.
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So JF, what have you been drinking? LOL
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OOOOOH, Cal I wish you were all here too!!! Perfect conditions, rum kicking in.. LOL
Really turning red now..
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I'm sipping a cold Sierra Nevada in front of a warm computer screen. I wish I could be in Florida with all y'all to see the color.
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179. Skyepony (Mod)
Up bringing in the solstice with the eclipse. It's a little more than 1/2. I'm going to start a fire. Kahlua keeping me warm.
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Been a looong time since I had a rum & coke in Miami I guess, lol.

It's not that cold but it's raining here. That makes the webcam look pretty good too. I hope I can see the actual color at maximum eclipse though.
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Ummmm rum & coke in my book still....`lol
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Is that what they still call a rum & coke in Miami?

I hope this Chilean webcam is color.
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Cuba libre!!!
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HAHAHAHAHA!!!! Yup those pink universes ARE a menace I tell you!
Got the big scope up in the backyard & yea the initial shading starting. Time for a rum & coke & kick back & enjoy.. ;)
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Fsh It is pretty startling to see a somewhat dark sky after years of seeing the murky mess produced by the "pink suns".
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You can now see some subtle shading on the left side of the Chilean view (comment 165). The actual distinct partial phase starts in about 3 minutes at 33 minutes after the hour.
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Evening Everyone,
Getting ready for the eclipse here in Miami, crystal clear perfect conditions! I am gonna catch it at home but, a few of the people who came to last weeks meteor shower are getting a bunch of people(20-30) & going to the bridge. I wanted to go but Im fighting a nasty cold so figure stay close to home. One things for sure is if any meteors are flying they will see them out there. I still laugh at the ooohs & ahhs when they saw that dark sky. lol ;)
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JF Looks like that Chilean cam has a good picture, bandwidth and weather. :^)

shore That is just too much to be mere coincidence! ;^)
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Well, we went from sea fog at sunset to perfectly clear to partly cloudy. I'm going to give it another half hour and see how things look - then go set my alarm, I guess. I'm afraid we're going to stay partly cloudy, but if it's more partly than cloudy, it might still be a cool sight.

Anyone else notice how closely those four large square panels on the Mayan calendar resemble Charles Babbage's analytical engine? Jus' saying.... ;-)

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