Sky&Telescope Sky Chart is Back! (see comment 225)

By: LowerCal , 10:39 PM GMT en Junio 20, 2011

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CURRENT MOON

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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,
Astronomy Picture of the Day,
Lunar Photo of the Day,
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:
Sodankyla, Finland,
Kiruna, Sweden,
Yellowknife, Canada (click on CONNECT AURORAMAX LIVE)
& Poker Flat, Alaska


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.

I'm sorry that I haven't had the time that I used to have to be able do justice to this blog. Almost all the events and WunderPhotos in the previous blog entry were from last year so I made this new entry with just the links (above) that will allow you to find out what's current and upcoming.

Your comments or images relevant to astronomy, spaceflight or weather are welcome. Any really big news on those subjects I'll probably post a comment or images myself.
- LowerCal


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

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

None listed.


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Shuttle Atlantis last Flight (KI4MFU)
7-8-11 Kennedy Space Center,Floirda
Shuttle Atlantis last Flight
Final Space Shuttle Launch (turnuptheheat)
The beginning of the last shuttle mission (Atlantis STS-135) as seen from Titusville, FL on July 8 ,2011.
Final Space Shuttle Launch
Final Shuttle Flight (Skyepony)
Final Shuttle Flight
Final Shuttle Flight (Skyepony)
Big thanks to all the people involved in this program over all these years and a special thanks to my Dad for throwing me in the car in the middle of the night, so I could wake up on the NASA Causeway to see the first Shuttle launch. Hard to see an era end..now on to bigger, farther endeavors.
Final Shuttle Flight
Delta IV (Skyepony)
New GPS satellite going up from Cape Canaveral on a Delta IV Rocket. Launch time..2:41am.
Delta IV
Atlantis (Skyepony)
After her final trip home.
Atlantis
Juno Going to Jupiter (Skyepony)
Juno being launched on an AtlasV. It should be monitoring the weather on Jupiter in 5 years.
Juno Going to Jupiter
Aurora Borealis (den117)
After receiving an internet aurora alert yesterday, we headed out at 1:30 AM to a nearby dark beach with a north view.
Aurora Borealis

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226. LowerCal
2:56 AM GMT en Agosto 12, 2011
I updated the Sky & Telescope Interactive Sky Chart link near the top of the blog entry.
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225. LowerCal
9:31 PM GMT en Agosto 11, 2011
The online Sky & Telescope Interactive Sky Chart is working again :^) with a few quirks still to be resolved. All the details are at Interactive Sky Chart Restored - Homepage News - SkyandTelescope.com.

If you have bookmarked locations while using the chart you will need to replace

"skytonight.com/observing/skychart"

with

"skyandtelescope.com"

in the URI.
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224. LowerCal
8:20 PM GMT en Agosto 11, 2011
Spaceflight Now | Breaking News |
Outcome of military's hypersonic test flight unclear

Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency |
DARPA HYPERSONIC VEHICLE ADVANCES TECHNICAL KNOWLEDGE
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223. LowerCal
4:01 PM GMT en Agosto 11, 2011
DARPA (DARPA_News) on Twitter
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222. LowerCal
3:43 PM GMT en Agosto 11, 2011
US hypersonic glider launched - San Jose Mercury News
Associated Press
Posted: 08/11/2011 07:57:21 AM PDT
Updated: 08/11/2011 07:57:22 AM PDT

LOS ANGELES -- A rocket carrying an experimental unmanned hypersonic glider has been launched from an air base on the central California coast.

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency used Twitter to announce the launch Thursday morning from Vandenberg Air Force Base 130 miles northwest of Los Angeles.

The rocket is carrying the agency's experimental Falcon Hypersonic Technology Vehicle-2, which is supposed to separate from the booster at the edge of space and maneuver through the atmosphere at 13,000 mph before diving into the ocean.
....
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221. LowerCal
5:26 PM GMT en Agosto 10, 2011
More info on the Vandenberg launch and hypersonic flight test - Link.
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220. LowerCal
5:12 PM GMT en Agosto 10, 2011
Tomorrow morning will be the last morning for easy visibility of the Perseid meteor shower with less than an hour between moonset and the break of dawn. See comment 216 for more info.
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219. LowerCal
4:45 PM GMT en Agosto 10, 2011
Minotaur IV launch delayed
30th Space Wing Public Affairs

8/10/2011 - VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- The Minotaur IV rocket scheduled to launch from Space Launch Complex-8 here between 7 a.m. and 1 p.m. (PDT) Aug. 10 has been delayed due to poor weather conditions downrange.

The launch has been rescheduled for Aug. 11 between 7 a.m. and 1 p.m.

The rocket's payload is the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's Hypersonic Test Vehicle-2.

For more information on the HTV-2, please see http://go.usa.gov/KnE.
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218. LowerCal
4:01 PM GMT en Agosto 10, 2011
The Minotaur IV rocket did not launch at the 7AM PDT opening of today's scheduled launch window due to weather conditions. Link

I have no news on whether it has since launched or the probability of it launching within today's scheduled window.
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217. LowerCal
12:51 AM GMT en Agosto 10, 2011

Image Credit: Santa Maria Times

From Vandenberg AFB, California - Minotaur IV scheduled to launch August 10
A Minotaur IV rocket stands beside Space Launch Complex-8 here Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2011. The Minotaur IV will carry the HTV-2 scheduled to launch Aug. 10 between 7 a.m. and 1 p.m.

The flight trajectory of the HTV-2 will be roughly west.
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216. LowerCal
12:12 AM GMT en Agosto 10, 2011
BTW the hourly rate of Perseid meteors is still increasing and early risers can still see some after moonset and before dawn.

To find out exactly when that window of time is:

1) Type in your location in the "Search" box at the top of the page, for example "Woodland Hills, CA" and press Enter.

2) Scroll down the page about a third of the way to the "Astronomy" table.

3) Note the time in the "Set" column and "Moon" row. For the "Woodland Hills, CA" example it is 2:08 AM PDT.

4) Note the time in the "Rise" column and "Astronomical Twilight" row. For the "Woodland Hills, CA" example it is 4:37 AM PDT.

In three more days the Moon will reach full and still be shining when dawn breaks. The moonshine will severly limit the visibility of any Perseid meteors then.

Perseid Meteor Activity

Graph credit: International Meteor Organization (IMO)
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215. LowerCal
11:25 PM GMT en Agosto 07, 2011
sp Sorry I wasn't more forthcoming about locating California fireflies. I was trying to preserve the attraction of the mystery of what might be in the APOD you linked.

The Straight Dope: Why aren't there any fireflies in California? gives hints about what type of areas California fireflies might be found. Those hints match the description of the two locations in the Frazier Park area where I can recall sighting them. The mountainous area around Frazier has creeks that run above ground for only a few weeks or months during the year but run underground for a longer period. Where the local strata allows water to pool near the surface it creates marshes/bogs that can persist into summer. It was in such locations that I sighted little bugs with luminescent yellow butts. I didn't realize it was worthy of a report but I couldn't identify the genus and species anyway, lol.

The bugs I saw weren't the yellow-green color that the human eye is most sensitive to but a dimmer appearing more pure yellow. While they didn't command attention like an Eastern lightning bug they were easily noticeable on a dark bog. Until I read the Straight Dope link though I thought they were lightning bugs in poor health, lol. In your area one might be able to find a similar suitable habitat for California fireflies along a creek or river bed in the Santa Clara watershed.

Thanks for the heads up on the Poker Flat, Alaska aurora web cam. I think that may only broadcast a picture when someone is up there doing science. The other far north aurora cams in the links at the top of my blog entry don't even bother broadcasting until late August because midnight is still dusk/dawn until then. I'll add the Alaska web cam to my links along with others I've been meaning to for a while, e.g. APoD.
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214. sp34n119w
9:50 PM GMT en Agosto 06, 2011
That "certain aspect" isn't entirely missing from California. Check out
A Staff Report from the Straight Dope Science Advisory Board.

Well, okay. They don't say where the critters can be found, only that they probably are, somewhere, lol

Naturally, this made me curious :)

In California, 18 species of fireflies have been identified, but the Golden State lacks lightning bug fireflies.
[emphasis mine]

Which is kind of the point. I mean, without the light, it's just another beetle. Certainly it wouldn't provide a show like that in the apod pic.

There are some species in Cali that may have a light so faint that one would not notice them. There are also "glowworms", particularly in the PNW, which are beetle larvae and not worms at all.

Some Lampyridae sightings in Cali.

/info dump
That was fun.

I went looking for aurora cams late last night and the Finland and Sweden cams are off for the season.
However! The old Alaska cam is back up! I don't know when that happened. Stays light late, and it was cloudy last night, anyway.
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213. LowerCal
9:40 PM GMT en Agosto 06, 2011
Ally I hope you get a clear morning soon!
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212. AllyBama
8:36 PM GMT en Agosto 06, 2011
ahhh yes, time for the Perseids!....
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211. LowerCal
7:47 PM GMT en Agosto 06, 2011
I added den117's Michigan aurora photo at the bottom of the blog entry.
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210. LowerCal
7:36 PM GMT en Agosto 06, 2011
sp Thanks to Patrap for helping me keep up too. I try to mention the most significant waypoints and give some general overall understanding. More detailed commentary is at
Spaceflight Now | Atlas Launch Report | Mission Status Center.

That "certain aspect" isn't entirely missing from California. Check out
A Staff Report from the Straight Dope Science Advisory Board.
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209. sp34n119w
6:05 PM GMT en Agosto 05, 2011
Well I missed that altogether - thanks for the play-by-play and to Skye for the pics :)

Today's apod is must-see for casual astronomers. Especially for those of us who miss a certain aspect of east coast summers.
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208. LowerCal
5:45 PM GMT en Agosto 05, 2011
BTW the hourly rate of Perseid meteors is still increasing and early risers can still catch some after moonset and before dawn.

Perseid Meteor Activity

Graph credit: International Meteor Organization (IMO)
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207. LowerCal
5:41 PM GMT en Agosto 05, 2011
Ylee It was a beautiful send off. :^)
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206. LowerCal
5:36 PM GMT en Agosto 05, 2011
In other Atlas V news

Spaceflight Now | Breaking News | Boeing selects Atlas 5 rocket for initial CST-100 test flights
Boeing will use United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rockets for initial test flights of the company's proposed CST-100 manned spacecraft, a seven-seat capsule being developed for commercial missions to and from government and private-sector space stations in low-Earth orbit, ....

"If NASA selects Boeing for a development contract with sufficient funding, ULA will provide launch services for an autonomous orbital flight, a transonic autonomous abort test launch, and a crewed launch, all in 2015," ....
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205. Ylee
5:27 PM GMT en Agosto 05, 2011
Looks like Juno's good to go for Jupiter!
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204. LowerCal
5:26 PM GMT en Agosto 05, 2011
Juno spacecraft separation. Juno is no longer in Earth orbit but has escaped to an orbit of the Sun. The far point of the orbit is near the asteroid belt. Two years from now Juno will make a close pass of Earth that will accelerate Juno enough to extend its orbit to Jupiter.


Image credit: University of Wisconsin
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203. LowerCal
5:16 PM GMT en Agosto 05, 2011
Skye Beautiful! I added one of your series at the bottom of the blog entry.

I'm wondering how the rumble was with 5 solid rocket boosters.
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202. LowerCal
5:06 PM GMT en Agosto 05, 2011
Upper stage firing again accelerating Juno for Earth orbit departure.
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201. Skyepony (Mod)
5:02 PM GMT en Agosto 05, 2011
Beautiful! Uploaded some pics.
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200. LowerCal
4:47 PM GMT en Agosto 05, 2011
The NASA TV link is fixed now. :^]
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199. LowerCal
4:43 PM GMT en Agosto 05, 2011
Launch replays now on NASA TV
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198. LowerCal
4:40 PM GMT en Agosto 05, 2011
Pat Indeed! It's a big rocket and fast when it has 5 boosters.
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197. OSHNBLU
4:39 PM GMT en Agosto 05, 2011
Nice launch with a pretty good rumble.
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196. LowerCal
4:36 PM GMT en Agosto 05, 2011
First upper stage engine cutoff after attaining Earth parking orbit.
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195. Patrap
4:33 PM GMT en Agosto 05, 2011
Atlas5/JUNO was really impressive...LC
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194. LowerCal
4:31 PM GMT en Agosto 05, 2011
Upper stage has separated and ignited.
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193. LowerCal
4:29 PM GMT en Agosto 05, 2011
Payload fairing jettisoned.
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192. LowerCal
4:28 PM GMT en Agosto 05, 2011
Solid rocket boosters have been jettisoned.
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191. LowerCal
4:27 PM GMT en Agosto 05, 2011
LIFTOFF!

I love looking in the rear view mirror! :^)
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190. LowerCal
4:21 PM GMT en Agosto 05, 2011
T minus 4 minutes and counting!
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189. LowerCal
4:20 PM GMT en Agosto 05, 2011
All "GO" for launch.
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188. LowerCal
4:10 PM GMT en Agosto 05, 2011
Launch now scheduled 12:25pm EDT with no current issues now.
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187. LowerCal
4:08 PM GMT en Agosto 05, 2011
Good morning Pat. Thanks for that update.

Launch NET 12:18pm EDT.
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186. Patrap
4:06 PM GMT en Agosto 05, 2011
JUNO/Atlas wont make the :13 past target seems as they working some loose ends of the anomaly discussion.
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185. LowerCal
4:02 PM GMT en Agosto 05, 2011
Launch NET 12:13pm EDT.
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184. Patrap
3:57 PM GMT en Agosto 05, 2011
JUNO/Atlas has cleared the Helium issue seems LC,,and as soon as the Helo's scoot away a couple of Boats within the Launch Restricted area,,the RSO should clear the Range for Launch.
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183. LowerCal
3:51 PM GMT en Agosto 05, 2011
Anomaly is not a problem on the launch vehicle but with some ground equipment. That may be resolved before today's launch window closes at 12:43am EDT.

Launch now NET 12:04Pm EDT.
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182. LowerCal
3:41 PM GMT en Agosto 05, 2011
Launch NET (No Earlier Than) 11:59am EDT while anomaly resolution still in progress.
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181. LowerCal
3:34 PM GMT en Agosto 05, 2011
Currently holding to resolve an anomoly. Launch now no earlier than 11:44am EDT.
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180. LowerCal
3:06 PM GMT en Agosto 05, 2011
Less than half an hour to scheduled liftoff.
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179. LowerCal
1:43 PM GMT en Agosto 05, 2011
The launch heading will be virtually east.
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178. LowerCal
1:04 PM GMT en Agosto 05, 2011
With no "Emily weather" expected in the near future countdown is underway for a 11:34am-12:43pm EDT launch of an Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral.

More details on the mission and launch starting at comment 172.
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177. LowerCal
1:03 PM GMT en Agosto 05, 2011
Skye Just as I was previewing the following comment yours appeared. Inevitably memory begins to fade. Thanks to spouse and friends I have some memorabilia from the final shuttle flight. Glad you got some restorative time off the grid.
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