Astronomy with a minimum of terminology and technology.
By: LowerCal, 6:43 PM GMT on November 24, 2009
Scroll past the links below to find special events for current and future dates. Scroll farther to find past events.
Today - SpaceWeather.com
also 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 Week In Space on YouTube
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)
Simplest - Satellite Flybys by SpaceweatherPhone.com
More satellites and more info - Heavens-Above.com
Spaceflight Now - Worldwide Launch Schedule,
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 &
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 *****
Shuttle Discovery Dawn Launch, STS-131 Mission & Landing + Double Spacecraft Flyovers
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.
Check satellite pass predictions at
or try the simpler tool at
Satellite Flybys by SpaceweatherPhone.com.
Image credit: NASA, Patrick McCracken (Atlantis, February 7th, 2001, STS-98)
Spacecraft & Launch Vehicle: Space Shuttle Discovery
Launch from Kennedy Space Center, Florida
1021 GMT ±5min +3min
6:21am EDT ±5min +3min (local time)
3:21am PDT ±5min +3min.
Docking with ISS (International Space Station)
Undocking from ISS
Landing at Kennedy Space Center
8:29am EDT (local time)
Find (when published) landing options at NASA - Launch and Landing
and the landing paths (when published) at NASA - STS-131 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-131 Shuttle Report | Mission Status Center
and NASA - Space Shuttle.
You can dig for more info at
Spaceflight Now - Index of /shuttle/sts131 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.
....SkyandTelescope.com - AstroAlert - Asteroid To Hide Naked-Eye Star
Seeing a star suddenly vanish, then abruptly reappear several
seconds later when a faint asteroid passes in front of it, is a
startling sight that will always be remembered. Millions of people
will have a chance to see such an event before sunrise early Tuesday
morning, April 6th.
Anyone who can see and count, lives in or near the eclipse path, and
is willing to get up in the middle of the night and go outside for
about ten minutes, can help us measure the size and shape of the
asteroid 824 Anastasia, if the sky is clear. ....
The eclipse, or "occultation" as astronomers call it, will occur at
3:34 am PDT Tuesday morning, April 6th, in the Los Angeles area.
The star will abrupty disappear for less than 10 seconds, and since
the time uncertainty is less than half a minute, you don't need to
watch very long. ....
The 25-mile-wide path is expected to pass over Orange County and
extend north from there, over West Covina and Ontario, Calif.
However, the location of the path is quite uncertain; the path could
instead pass over downtown Los Angeles or the San Fernando Valley
(with a small chance that it could pass over even Ventura and
Bakersfield), or it could shift east, possibly passing over San
Bernardino or, rather less likely, over San Diego and Palm Springs. ....
Updated: 7:16 PM GMT on April 06, 2010