Total Solar Eclipse Tomorrow

By: LowerCal , 6:00 PM GMT on July 02, 2008

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Today - SpaceWeather.com
This Week - SkyandTelescope.com - This Week's Sky at a Glance
This Month -
SkyandTelescope.com - Observing Highlights - Tour July's Sky by Eye and Ear
SkyandTelescope.com - Observing Highlights - Tour August's Sky by Eye and Ear

All events described below can be viewed with your naked eye (except for all partial stages of the solar eclipse). Occasionally simple binoculars will improve the view and that will be noted. (Do NOT use binoculars, camera viewfinders or telescopes to view the Sun.) Scroll down for future dates, farther down for past dates.


SkyandTelescope.com - Eclipses - How to Watch a Partial Solar Eclipse Safely

Looking at the Sun is harmful to your eyes at any time, partial eclipse or no. The danger that a partial solar eclipse poses is simply that it may prompt people to gaze at the Sun, something they wouldn't normally do. The result can be "eclipse blindness," a serious eye injury that can leave temporary or permanent blurred vision or blind spots at the center of your view. Fortunately, there are many easy ways to watch the show safely. ...
Total Solar Eclipse
August 1
SkyandTelescope.com - Observing Highlights - August 1st's Eastern Solar Eclipse

NASA links:
NASA - Total Solar Eclipse of 2008 August 01 (color map with general info and links),
Total Solar Eclipse of 2008 Aug 01 (detailed map with precise technical info),
Live Web Coverage of the 2008 Total Solar Eclipse and
Ancient Eclipses in China.

Some areas will be able to see all or part of the dark moon this month. Its silhouette will hide part of the Sun.

● Dark Moon

August 1
Exact at
1013 UT/GMT
6:13am EDT
3:13am PDT.

Lower and thinner morning crescent moons the week before. Higher and thicker evening crescent moons the week after. Has a stronger effect on tides producing higher highs, lower lows and faster flows.


Four-Planet Dance
August & September
SkyandTelescope.com - Observing Highlights - The Four-Planet Dance of 2008
(The article contains a a nice animation.)


) Thinnest Evening Crescent Moon
August 2
Low in western sky shortly after sunset.
Moonsighting.com


Meteor Shower

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

For Better Viewing
Find a Dark Location
A dark rural 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 could be a 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.

The two primary sources of most of what you'll read about meteor showers are
The American Meteor Society and
The International Meteor Organinzation.

Perseid Meteor Shower
Late Night August 12 - Early Morning August 13
SkyandTelescope.com - Homepage Observing - Prepare for the Perseids
(This article was for 2007. The dates, times and moon phase are different this year.)
Early Morning August 12 N America & W Europe
Early Morning August 13 Asia
Early Morning August 12 & 13 Middle East & E Europe
The peak rate is 100 per hour at ideal locations. Dates given are for peak visibility. A significant number of meteors will be visible before and after the peak dates. The peak rate of the shower coincides with peak visibility for N America.

The meteors will be most visible after moonset and before dawn begins to lighten the sky. For 30°N (the southern US) that will be about 2:15-5:00am local time. For 45°N (the northern US) the best viewing time will be about 1:15-4:30am.

Source and more information at
IMO Meteor Shower Calendar 2008 | International Meteor Organization - Perseids.


Deep Partial Lunar Eclipse
August 16
None of it for North America though. :^[
SkyandTelescope.com - Observing Highlights - August's Partial Lunar Eclipse

NASA links:
NASA - Total Lunar Eclipse: February 20, 2008 (color diagram and with general info and links)
Partial Lunar Eclipse of 2008 August 16 (detailed map with precise technical info).


Outline of Sky Events for the Year
2008
SkyandTelescope.com - Observing Highlights - Sky Highlights of 2008

SkyandTelescope.com - Observing Highlights - Eclipses in 2008

SkyandTelescope.com - Meteors - Meteor Showers in 2008

The question, "How could I make a valuable contribution to the science of astronomy as a simple naked eye observer?" is answered in
SkyandTelescope.com - Stargazing - The Scientific Value of Visual Observing
which may lead you to the following, in order:
SkyandTelescope.com - Meteors - Meteors: A Primer,
SkyandTelescope.com - Meteors - Basics of Meteor Observing and
SkyandTelescope.com - Meteors - Advanced Meteor Observing.


***** Past Dates *****

● Dark Moon

July 2 & 3
Exact at
July 3 0219 UT/GMT
July 2 10:19pm EDT
July 2 7:19pm PDT.

Lower and thinner morning crescent moons the week before. Higher and thicker evening crescent moons the week after. Has a stronger effect on tides producing higher highs, lower lows and faster flows.


) Thinnest Crescent Moon

WU Photo: Brand New Moon by Ohlen Wednesday June 4, 2008
July 3
It will be possible to spot the first thin crescent of the lunar cycle (the new moon) in the Americas very soon after sunset - Moonsighting.com.


Early July
(with special guest appearances by the Thin Crescent Moon)
July 5 & 6
Mars Passes Saturn
July 10
Each succeeding early evening above the W horizon you can watch the reddish planet Mars step to the upper left away from the bluish-white star Regulus and toward the brighter yellowish planet Saturn.

Previews - Graphics of the western evening sky June 30, July 1, July 5 & 6 and July 10 from
SkyandTelescope.com - This Week's Sky at a Glance.


◐ First Quarter Moon

July 9 or 10
Exact
July 10 0435 UT/GMT
July 10 12:35am EDT
July 9 9:35pm PDT.

Rises near noon and sets near midnight. Has a weaker effect on tides producing lower highs, higher lows and slower flows.


○ Full Moon

WU photo: Full moon by spaluch1 Tuesday June 17, 2008
July 18
Exact at
0759 UT/GMT
3:59am EDT
12:59am PDT.

Rises near sunset and sets near sunrise. Has a stronger effect on tides producing higher highs, lower lows and faster flows.


Night Launch
Early Morning July 23 Unknown
Space Archive - The Southwest's Source for Regional Space Information
The next publicly announced Vandenberg AFB missile launch is a Target Launch Vehicle (TLV) early on the morning of July 23 during a 02:15-03:20 PDT launch period. The launch will be observed by the NFIRE satellite to collect data for the Missile Defense Agency.

◑ Last Quarter Moon

July 25
Exact at
1842 UT/GMT
2:42pm EDT
11:42m PDT.

Rises near midnight and sets near noon. Has a weaker effect on tides producing lower highs, higher lows and slower flows.

Morning crescent moons follow the Last Quarter Moon. Each one thinner and closer to the horizon.


Multiple Meteor Showers
Last Weekend of July
While there is no especially strong meteor shower this weekend the combined contribution of many sources will produce a rate well above an average night.

Meteors may be visible in late evening for the hour or two before moonrise. Visibility covers the Southern Hemisphere through the southern Northern Hemisphere. The Southern Hemisphere tropics will have the best visibility.

Source and more information at
IMO Meteor Shower Calendar 2008 | International Meteor Organization - Piscis Austrinids,
IMO Meteor Shower Calendar 2008 | International Meteor Organization - Southern δ(delta)-Aquariids,
IMO Meteor Shower Calendar 2008 | International Meteor Organization - α(alpha)-Capricornids,
IMO Meteor Shower Calendar 2008 | International Meteor Organization - Antihelion Source and
IMO Meteor Shower Calendar 2008 | International Meteor Organization - sporadics.


★★★ Jupiter, Mars, Saturn, Regulus and Venus
Mid-Late July
In the early evening above the W horizon you can see the reddish planet Mars. To its lower right stands the brighter yellowish planet Saturn. Farther to the lower right stands the bluish-white star Regulus just a tiny bit brighter than Mars.

These three bright points of light line up to point at the brilliant white planet Venus lower in the WNW. In mid July Venus sets very soon after the Sun and you will need a clear WSW horizon and possibly binoculars to see her. As the month progresses Saturn and Regulus drop lower and Venus rises higher. By July 28 Mars, Saturn, Regulus and Venus appear roughly equally spaced above the W-WNW horizon.

Throughout latter half of July the brilliant cream colored planet Jupiter appears higher in the SE in the evening and set earlier in the SW in the morning.

(Tip: To make the colors more noticeable slightly unfocus your camera, binoculars or remove your eyeglasses.)

Extending the line of Venus, Regulus, Saturn and Mars across the sky should pass very close to Jupiter. That line is the result of you looking at the plane of the solar system edge on.

How the sky will look tonight - Sky & Telescope Interactive Sky Chart. (You can also change locations, dates and times with this tool.)

Previews - Graphics of the western evening sky July 18 and July 30
from SkyandTelescope.com - This Week's Sky at a Glance.


( Thinnest Morning Crescent Moon
July 31
Low in the eastern sky shortly before sunrise.




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Saturn, Mars and Regulus (rds817)
This was taken at ISO200 with a 10s exposure. I like how the colors of the planets turned out but I can't figure out why they seem so big. Can anybody tell me?
Saturn, Mars and Regulus
Independence Day Moon (amoonrover)
Independence Day Moon
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alignement (rds817)
ISO200, F4.0 6s, slightly enhanced. It looked better in the camera, so I had to brighten it up a little.
alignement
alignment of planets (rds817)
Crescent moon, Saturn, Mars and Regulus with a few passing clouds, July 6. ISO200 F4.0 4s This turned out better than the ones last night. And I didn't even have to leave the yard. Although the passing cars probably wondered what I was doing sitting by the road in the dark.
alignment of planets
The Alignment (alfredogarciajr)
"The Alignment." This past 4th of Jul weekend, there was a beautiful alignment of stars and planetary objects. All you had to do was look west and you could not helped to notice the alignment. I captured it on 5 Jul 2008 just as the crescent Moon was setting over the mountains to the west of Frazier Park, CA. The order from upper left to lower right is Saturn, Mars, Regulus (star), Moon. This was a 15 second exposure at ASA 800 through a Sigma telezoom lens set at 100mm.
The Alignment
Summer's Milky Way (Astronight)
Our Galaxy...The Bright Dot is the Planet Jupiter
Summer's Milky Way
Meteor Crater (anvilhead)
Meteor Crater
Luna and the Electric Lights Orchestra....... (shutterbug1)
at 10:27 PM , July 14th, 2008... ;-)
Luna and the Electric Lights Orchestra.......
Lunar departure (spaluch1)
A jet departs to the south under a nearly full moon.
Lunar departure
Full Buck Moon/Thunder Moon (shutterbug1)
Bucks begin to grow new antlers at this time. This full Moon was also known as the Thunder Moon, because thunderstorms are so frequent during this month. ~ Farmer's Almanac ~
Full Buck Moon/Thunder Moon
Olympic Mountain Moonrise (zeusatolympus)
Olympic Mountain Moonrise
I See A Red Moon Rising (aphrodite)
This Moon Rise looks like the Olympic Mountains are cradling the moon
I See A Red Moon Rising
Leaf Silhouette (StrongSteve)
Leaf Silhouette
Full Moon in Paris - Eiffel Tower (BillyJack)
23h59
Full Moon in Paris - Eiffel Tower
Gold Butte Fire Lookout Night Panorama (buddypdx)
A friend and I went to stay a couple of nights up at the Gold Butte fire lookout. Wow, what a beautiful place. The lookout is perched atop a 4,600' peak in the middle of Oregon Cascade Range. During the day, we had fantastic views of Mt Jefferson to the east and Mt Hood to the north.

Here's the rental info page: http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/recreation/rentals/wil-gold-butte-lo.shtml

The photo shows the moon rising through wildfire smoke in the east, the lookout to the south with the (unfortunately, faint) Milky Way rising, and Jupiter shining brightly low in the horizon.

This is a 4 minute exposure, f5.6, ISO 1600 with a 16mm lens on a tracking mount (a mount that rotates at the same rate as Earth - that's why the ground is blurred, but the stars are not). I combined several shots to span from east (left) to west and fiddled with the image levels to try and show the sky. The lookout's blue light is from an LED lamp and the orange light is from the fire in the woodstove. The trees on the right are lit by the moon, which by the time the camera was pointed that way, had risen above the smoke.

Although the moon (and the hazy smoke, and the high clouds...) washed out the Milky Way, it was still amazing and wonderful to see.

Gold Butte Fire Lookout Night Panorama
star trails (giannitumino)
North Pole star trails from Madonie Mountains (Sicily-Italy)
star trails

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134. Patrap
6:52 PM GMT on July 20, 2008
[On Apollo 10, 11, and 12, prior to LM separation, the crews put the Command Module/Lunar Module combination into a circular orbit 60 nautical miles above the lunar surface. When the LM crews were ready for the descent, they separated from the Command Module. The LM crew then performed a Descent Orbit Insertion (DOI burn) over the middle of the Farside in order to put themselves into a 60 by 9 nautical mile orbit. They would start the Powered Descent from the low point of that orbit.]
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133. Patrap
5:57 PM GMT on July 20, 2008
Neil and Buzz Busy as they Orbit and go thru their Pre Descent checklist's and Communications checks with Houston.
All is going well as they continue along the timeline.

Their View Link




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132. Patrap
5:15 PM GMT on July 20, 2008
Special BONUS, early look.
From the Vault.Magazine Thumbnails from the Hasselbad Link
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131. Patrap
5:10 PM GMT on July 20, 2008
Mike Collins in Columbia Bids his crewmates a safe Journey. Link
Click to ENlarge all Linked Apollo Photo;s.


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130. Patrap
5:05 PM GMT on July 20, 2008
Earth Looking out the Eagle Window shortly after Undocking Link

Next orbit, post-undocking. Earthrise beyond the RCS quad to Neil's left. Link
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129. Patrap
4:57 PM GMT on July 20, 2008
The Eagle Has Wings!!!

Neil pirouette's the Lem so Mike can see the Legs Deployed.

Link
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128. Patrap
4:45 PM GMT on July 20, 2008
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127. LowerCal
4:12 PM GMT on July 20, 2008
A speech was prepared July 18, 1969 for then President Richard Nixon in case the astronauts were stranded.
IN EVENT OF MOON DISASTER:

Fate has ordained that the men who went to the moon to explore in peace will stay on the moon to rest in peace.

These brave men, Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin, know that there is no hope for their recovery. But they also know that there is hope for mankind in their sacrifice.

These two men are laying down their lives in mankind's most noble goal: the search for truth and understanding.

They will be mourned by their families and friends; they will be mourned by their nation; they will be mourned by the people of the world; they will be mourned by a Mother Earth that dared send two of her sons into the unknown.

In their exploration, they stirred the people of the world to feel as one; in their sacrifice, they bind more tightly the brotherhood of man.

In ancient days, men looked at stars and saw their heroes in the constellations. In modern times, we do much the same, but our heroes are epic men of flesh and blood.

Others will follow, and surely find their way home. Man's search will not be denied. But these men were the first, and they will remain the foremost in our hearts.

For every human being who looks up at the moon in the nights to come will know that there is some corner of another world that is forever mankind.

Nixon's Undelivered Moon Disaster Speech [1969]
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126. LowerCal
3:44 PM GMT on July 20, 2008
Landing without crashing is not the only criteria for success. The Lunar Module (LM) pilot Buzz Aldrin must make his landing with enough fuel remaining to return to lunar orbit and dock with the Command/Service Module (CSM).
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125. Patrap
3:24 PM GMT on July 20, 2008
LIVE View of Apollo 11 Lunar Module"Eagle" undocking from the Command Module.



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124. Patrap
3:22 PM GMT on July 20, 2008
100:13:38 GET (Ground Elapsed Time) LM Undocking from CSM This was done after 13 Lunar revolution.
At that time, CSM orbit become 60nm circular. LM undocked from CSM about 0.5fps. LM went 40 feet from CSM and rotate, then CSM pilot checked development conditions of landing gear.

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123. Patrap
1:18 PM GMT on July 20, 2008
Fly me to the Moon..

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122. Patrap
1:11 PM GMT on July 20, 2008
The Crew is awake..Mike is in the Command Module,"Columbia" doing Housekeeping..while Neil and Buzz float thru the tunnel to Power up and Check out the Lunar Module "Eagle".

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121. Patrap
1:08 PM GMT on July 20, 2008
Today..it comes down to today.
3 Men..all Space Veterans are going to attempt to Land on the Moon.
8 years after J.F.K. gave us the challenge,..today that challenge will be put to the Ultimate test.

They will Land,abort,..or crash onto the Surface,..but the attempt will be made.

A World awaits ...230,000 miles away..


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120. Fshhead
7:41 AM GMT on July 20, 2008
The astronauts may be running Microsoft Windows on their personal laptops but that's their problem, lol. That has nothing to do with the flight or operations software.

That's good news Cal!!
I was going to say they are doomed if they are relying on Windows Vista LOL
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119. sp34n119w
4:35 AM GMT on July 20, 2008
HardyHarHar ;)

Thanks
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118. LowerCal
4:27 AM GMT on July 20, 2008
[in an electronic voice]
sp, I am your master.

LOL

Pacific Daylight Time
Lander undocks late morning,
lands early afternoon,
followed by moonwalks in the evening.
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117. LowerCal
4:14 AM GMT on July 20, 2008
I added a couple more moon photos to the blog entry.
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116. sp34n119w
4:13 AM GMT on July 20, 2008
Quoting anvilhead:

The NerdTests' Space Test says I'm a Master of Uber Space Nerd's Mentor.  What kind of space nerd are you?  Click here!


Voiceover: "Are you smarter than an eighth-grader?"
sp: "No!"
Of course, anvil's smarter than the average :) (and I'm just guessing at eight grade)
Forgot to say thanks to gabrielaca for that test - that was fun!
btw, I'm not calling either of you "Master".

I missed my chance to see two ISS flyovers last night and there was/are two tonight but we're all socked in with the marine layer - nice day, though :)

When do we land? (I failed that part...)
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115. LowerCal
3:26 AM GMT on July 20, 2008
ISS Flyover of S California, NW Mexico, AZ, etc.

Heavens-Above.com (times are PDT)

People can find a schedule of satellite flyovers for their own exact location anywhere in the world at
Heavens-Above.com
or use the simpler tool at
Simple Satellite Tracking from Spaceweather.com.
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114. LowerCal
8:24 PM GMT on July 19, 2008
I added sections to the blog entry for the solar eclipse on August 1 and the lunar eclipse on August 16.
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113. LowerCal
8:24 PM GMT on July 19, 2008
CybrTeddy
Fsh

The astronauts may be running Microsoft Windows on their personal laptops but that's their problem, lol. That has nothing to do with the flight or operations software.
Space Shuttle Computers


anvilhead Welcome Master! Great scores on a tough test. :^)


Pat Thanks for the continuing updates. Looking forward to LEM undocking tomorrow.
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112. Patrap
6:06 PM GMT on July 19, 2008
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111. Patrap
5:58 PM GMT on July 19, 2008
LEM No. 5 Apollo 11's Eagle.

Before being placed atop the Saturn.

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110. Patrap
5:52 PM GMT on July 19, 2008
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109. Patrap
5:46 PM GMT on July 19, 2008
Signal confirmed..thru the Goldstone tracking Station ....

Neil Armstrong,Mike Collins and Buzz Aldrin onboard Columbia with Eagle in tow,
.. have arrived in Lunar Orbit.

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108. Patrap
5:39 PM GMT on July 19, 2008
Apollo 11 is Behind the Far Side of the Moon,..the Engine Firing has occured and we await the signal as they round the backside to a Point where they have line of sight to Earth.

If they appear early..then the engine didnt fire,..if they Appear as scheduled..we will know they have arrived safely in Lunar Orbit.

The mood in the Mission Control is tense,..but confident .
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107. Patrap
1:48 PM GMT on July 19, 2008
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106. Patrap
1:17 PM GMT on July 19, 2008
A lil over 4 Hours now till the SPS Burn to allow Apollo 11 to Enter Lunar Orbit.

The spacecraft will enter lunar orbit at 1:28 p.m. EDT on July 19. During the second lunar orbit a live color telecast of the lunar surface will be transmitted to Earth . A second service-propulsion-system burn will place the spacecraft in a circularized orbit, after which astronaut Aldrin will enter the LM for two hours of housekeeping including a voice and telemetry test and an oxygen-purge-system check.



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105. anvilhead
8:51 AM GMT on July 19, 2008

The NerdTests' Space Test says I'm a Master of Uber Space Nerd's Mentor.  What kind of space nerd are you?  Click here!
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104. Fshhead
7:36 AM GMT on July 19, 2008
AAAACK!!!! They are using Windows Vista now??
Ohhhh Boy are they in trouble now!!lol
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103. CybrTeddy
4:58 AM GMT on July 19, 2008
Pat, that calculator has 10x the computer power of Apollo 11, maybe even more. Course it would have had more computer power than the shuttle back in the 80s, and till the late 90s, then they got Windows XP earlier this year, and maybe Vista around the last flight.
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102. LowerCal
11:52 PM GMT on July 18, 2008
I added some full moon photos to the blog entry.
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101. LowerCal
10:08 PM GMT on July 18, 2008
I've added info for a Vandenberg AFB night launch for Early Morning July 23 to the blog entry.
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100. Patrap
5:08 PM CDT on July 18, 2008
Reminds me of Texas Instruments..calcs, lol

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99. LowerCal
3:07 PM PDT on July 18, 2008
CybrTeddy Nice graphics on that game.

Pat Amazing that they could get to the Moon with that quaint old computer comparing it to the ones it takes for us to get through an ordinary here. ;^)
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98. Patrap
4:56 PM CDT on July 18, 2008
Command Module:
Filmed by Micheal Collins who is seated In the left seat which is designated for the Mission Commander Neil Armstrong, who instead in the Center Command Module Pilot's Seat Michael Collins, while Lunar Module Pilot Buzz Aldrin Is seated In his designated right hand seat. Command Module spacecraft seating follows the same line as normal aircraft.

Lunar Module:
Through the connecting tunnel between the Lunar & Command Modules, we see Buzz Aldrin in the (LM) preparing for undocking from the (CM) where he & Neil Armstrong will descend to the moon for landing while Michael Collins will remain in the lunar orbit insde the (CM).

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97. Patrap
4:50 PM CDT on July 18, 2008
A demonstration of the workings of the Apollo 11 Command Module computer.

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96. CybrTeddy
9:54 PM GMT on July 18, 2008
This might be the greatest image I have ever token on Orbiter.

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95. CybrTeddy
9:37 PM GMT on July 18, 2008
Pat, you have orbiter eh?
Look at this, you guys might find it interesting, Its a game called Orbiter, which Im really good at.


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94. LowerCal
2:35 PM PDT on July 18, 2008
sp I noticed that extremely long fade too. You'll notice at this time of year the track of the ISS's orbit is nearly the same shape as Earth's terminator (the dividing line between night and day).



For me the ISS passed just above the Moon and Jupiter. Jupiter is currently shining at magnitude -2.7. At its highest point the ISS was just a shade dimmer so the prediction of magnitude -2.4 on Heavens-Above.com looked very accurate for the ISS.

Lucky you on the shooting star. :^) Hope you remembered to make a wish.


Fsh Hope your skies stay clear. You'll be having more opportunities to see the ISS pass within the week.

A moon base and the projects that would make possible seems like the obvious next step.

That video of Earth and Moon is a great perspective ... our little boat and dinghy in the vast ocean of space.

Thanks for links. :^)


Pat As profound as the view is from so far away what's it like to be that far away?
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93. Patrap
12:54 PM CDT on July 18, 2008
From the Apollo 11 TV transmission around 56:33 GET. Earth was reported to be at a distance of around 177 000 nautical miles at the time.

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92. Fshhead
8:01 AM GMT on July 18, 2008
Once again!!! Something that puts our planet into perspective.....
Probe sends alien’s-eye view of Earth
Moon’s transit past our planet captured from 31 million miles away


AMAZING!
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91. Fshhead
7:27 AM GMT on July 18, 2008
NASA Envisions Huge Lunar Telescope


Hmmmmm now this is VERY interesting!!!!!!!
Sounds like a good project for the boys when we return....... lol
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90. Fshhead
6:21 AM GMT on July 18, 2008
I missed the ISS tonite :(
Shame too cause it was crystal clear around that time too. I did see the moon though with Ahhh I guess its jupiter next to it? Anyways I felt like that old moon was shining so brightly & full, that it is just begging for us to go back again!!!!
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89. sp34n119w
9:49 PM PDT on July 17, 2008
Well, now - that was lovely! The ISS was brilliant and had a really long fade at the end.
The full moon and Jupiter are clear and shining.
Bonus - a brief but bright meteor :)
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88. LowerCal
12:49 PM PDT on July 17, 2008
Ground track for tonight's ISS flyover of S California and NW Mexico - Heavens-Above.com

People can find a schedule of satellite flyovers for their own exact location anywhere in the world at
Heavens-Above.com
or use the simpler tool at
Simple Satellite Tracking from Spaceweather.com.
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87. LowerCal
12:34 PM PDT on July 17, 2008
Future Moon Flights News

NASA moon capsule running late, full of problems.

One of the problems they are working on - Link.

NASA's chief speaks - Griffin: China Could Beat US in Moon Race.

Maybe this would change that assessment - Not-really-NASA’s secret shadow rocket.
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86. LowerCal
12:30 PM PDT on July 17, 2008
gabrielaca Thank you :^] and thanks for contributing.
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85. LowerCal
12:24 PM PDT on July 17, 2008
sp I think I've learned as much since I started writing this blog as I knew before I started writing this blog.

History, quizzes, questions, observations, news, etc., all contributions are welcome.
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84. gabrielaca
2:21 PM CDT on Julio 17, 2008
LC- wow, i knew it, you rock
SP- very nice
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