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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84. gabrielaca
2:21 PM CDT on Julio 17, 2008
LC- wow, i knew it, you rock
SP- very nice
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83. gabrielaca
2:21 PM CDT on Julio 17, 2008
hi, anyone dares to try this test?


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this are my grades in the space nerd test, i bet youll get better than this, cheers.


SORRY DOUBLE POSTED the site is still crawling i guess fromm the glitch two days ago.
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82. sp34n119w
12:08 PM PDT on July 17, 2008
PAT! More history, please! LOL

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OMG LC - you are such a geek ;)
And, clearly, the right person to be writing this blog!
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81. LowerCal
11:53 AM PDT on July 17, 2008

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I have two things to say:
1) That is a very tough test.
2) Apparently I don't know everything, LOL!
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80. LowerCal
11:31 AM PDT on July 17, 2008
gabrielaca Thanks for the link. :^) Don't know if I'll score 100% but I can't resist a nerd test so I must be 100% nerd. ;^)
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79. LowerCal
10:40 AM PDT on July 17, 2008
Pat Making sure they coast to the right spot.
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78. gabrielaca
1:22 PM CDT on Julio 17, 2008
hi, anyone tried this


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this are my results, from space nerd test, i bet you´ll get 100% in all, cheers.
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77. Patrap
8:21 AM CDT on July 17, 2008
Apollo 11 Timeline Link
Next Event, Midcourse correction ignition.
@ 026:44:58.64


16:16:58


17 Jul 1969
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76. LowerCal
5:27 PM PDT on July 16, 2008
Pat I guess it's all downhill from here. ;^)


Karen Congratulations on spotting the moons of Jupiter. They are also known as the Galilean Moons. When Galileo discovered them it was convincing evidence that the entire universe did not revolve around the Earth.

Enjoy the concert and good luck! One of the times that binoculars help is bright twilight. You can spot stars and planets much sooner through binoculars. Brilliant Venus is now very low in the WNW after sunset. Mars, Saturn and Regulus are a little higher in the west.
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75. SBKaren
2:43 PM PDT on July 16, 2008
Hi LC - I meant to tell you that the same night that I got those moon shots, I also saw Jupiter and the 4 moons. It was through the lower strength telescope and still so tiny, there was NO WAY I was going to be able to capture an image. Matter of fact, the 4 moons looked almost transparent through the telescope. I'll take my binoculars to the concert tonight and turn my eye to the sky. Although, the concert is over at 8:00 and generally the sun has just barely gone down, and therefore I don't think the night sky is dark enough. I didn't even stay long enough at the last Astronomy night for him to focus in on Saturn. I had the dog and no jacket and it was going on 9:00 - past my witching hour. Next time I'll go prepared!
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74. Patrap
4:11 PM CDT on July 16, 2008
Apollo 11 Now well on it's Trajectory towards the Moon.


MET Time now 7 hours and 47 Min elapsed since Launch.


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73. Patrap
4:07 PM CDT on July 16, 2008
Glad to see ya Back with us Lowercal.The outage was here too till 0600CST.

The Aussie's contributed with the Big Dish in Canberra for all the Lunar Flights.
An invaluable tool for NASA from Mercury till today.

Canberra Complex today
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72. LowerCal
1:33 PM PDT on July 16, 2008
Pat, I'm glad to see you could make it here to cover the launch and the start of the trip to the moon.

I've been in the twilight zone for most of the past day with only brief glimpses of wunderground.com. I couldn't even correct my launch time.

Here's some Australian coverage of the historic launch.
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71. Patrap
11:41 AM CDT on July 16, 2008
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70. Patrap
11:25 AM CDT on July 16, 2008


Swedish/Finnish
Apollo 11 on Finnish YLE channel from 21.07.1969

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69. Patrap
11:21 AM CDT on July 16, 2008
Apollo 11 has a "GO for TLI"...trans lunar injection.

3,2,1,..0
Ignition.

Apollo 11 re-starts the 3rd Stage and increases their Orbital Speed from 17,500 mph..to 25,000mph to Escape Earths Gravity well..and begin the 3 Day Coast to the Moon.




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68. Patrap
8:42 AM CDT on July 16, 2008
Apollo 11 Safely in Earth Orbit now.The S-4B has shut down on time.

The next Big Event...
Trans-Lunar injection,that will occur over Hawaii in about 2 Orbits.
The time now will be spent checking out the spacecraft's health and preparing for the critical Burn to come.

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67. Patrap
8:26 AM CDT on July 16, 2008
Saturn V Launch Views - Apollo 11 (AS-506)
Tracking View - High Speed Camera (E4)

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66. Patrap
8:25 AM CDT on July 16, 2008
We now Join the TV live coverage....



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65. Patrap
8:23 AM CDT on July 16, 2008
A late color Photo comes in of Neil as He Dons his Helmet...earlier.


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64. Patrap
8:21 AM CDT on July 16, 2008
The Great Designer and Engineer,Von Braun awaits in the Blockhouse to see his Creation Launch Man's first attempt to Land a Man on the Moon.

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63. Patrap
8:18 AM CDT on July 16, 2008
A view of the Apollo Spacecraft with the White Room.
The White Room will be swung back and away for Launch.

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62. Patrap
8:08 AM CDT on July 16, 2008
Neil Armstrong reports Back that the countdown has been a real smooth one.

The First Stage Propellants have been loaded ..and are pressurizing.

16 Minutes and counting

All goes well.
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61. Patrap
7:59 AM CDT on July 16, 2008
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60. Patrap
7:54 AM CDT on July 16, 2008
Earlier Photo as Neil, Buzz and Mike made there way from the Suit-Up room to the Elevator, downstairs for the Transfer Van ride out to the Pad.

They were in High Spirits.

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59. Patrap
7:52 AM CDT on July 16, 2008
Final Up links to the Guidance Computers are being done at this time as the Window approaches for Launch.
The Apollo spacecraft will be Launched at 9:32 EDT am ,a Little over a Half Hour from now.

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58. Patrap
7:47 AM CDT on July 16, 2008
The Crew leaving for the Pad a Few Hours ago..

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57. Patrap
7:45 AM CDT on July 16, 2008
The Crew has ingressed the Spacecraft...the Hatch is sealed..and Guenter Wendt and the Close out crew have Left the Pad.

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56. sp34n119w
5:15 PM PDT on July 15, 2008
We're launching the moon? To where? Don't we need that?

Thanks for the history lesson, pat :)
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55. Patrap
3:15 PM CDT on July 15, 2008
Saturn V - S-1C Stage Testing (audio: natural S-1C sound)Stennis Space center.

These are the Saturn 5 First Stage Engine,the F-1 Tests that shook the Beach when I was a Kid in Bay St. Louis.

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54. Patrap
3:15 PM CDT on July 15, 2008
3 Men Leave for the Moon
Weds,July 16,1969

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53. LowerCal
1:13 PM PDT on July 15, 2008
BTW all the events I describe in my blog entries are visible to the naked eye, no binoculars, telephoto lenses or telescopes are necessary. Occasionally an inexpenive pair of binoculars (like almost everyone has lying around somewhere) might improve the view. I'll mention binoculars if they'll help.

This means you don't need anything special except your eyes to see the planets described in the blog entry. It may take two or more successive nights to see their positions change in their laps around the Sun. Maybe it's not as exciting as NASCAR but it might put a smile on your face anyway. ;^)
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52. LowerCal
1:07 PM PDT on July 15, 2008
Sound like a plan Pat. I'm looking forward to it. :^)
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51. Patrap
2:45 PM CDT on July 15, 2008
Knowing about what I've read,Lowercal.
Buzz and Neil Slept fine the night before.Mike Collins too.
But I bet it was kinda weird though.
Last Night on Earth.


Wowsa.

This year the days match up Just like in 69,so I'll insert the Live TV Launch YouTube Link around 0826 CST here..it's a 9min 55sec one,so it'll put launch right about the actual time,39 years Later.
Sunday afternoon we can blog the Descent and Landing

Then come Sunday Night.

We vill valk on the Moon.
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50. LowerCal
12:39 PM PDT on July 15, 2008
sp Thanks for the heads up on the ISS flyovers. A series of bright evening flyovers are generally scattered over a week. It's pretty much the same week for the entire US although not the exact same dates everywhere in the US.

People can find a schedule of satellite flyovers for their exact location at
Heavens-Above.com
or use the simpler tool at
Simple Satellite Tracking from Spaceweather.com.

I will (or you can) link to the ground track for the bright flyovers for the SoCal area in a comment. Anyone else is welcome to do a "heads up" and/or post a link for their area.

Will that rocket motor's reentry be visible during daylight? That's a good question. It may not be bright enough to catch everyone's eye but if you know where and when to look you might spot it.

Heavens-Above satellite info - SL-12 R/B(AUX MOTOR)- Information
and all passes for Los Angeles - SL-12 R/B(AUX MOTOR) - All Passes.

Here's a video of the daytime reentry of the Russian Mir space station.

Mir Deorbit



Thomas Your taste in weather is a lot broader than mine. I know you look forward to the big snowstorms in wintertime too. I was raised in SE FL where it's warm and humid almost all the time so the summers didn't particularly stand out except for the hurricane tracking, lol. I did learn to love the desert and desert weather when I was a US Army met at Yuma Proving Grounds.

Sounds like a good beach day and all traces of Bertha's long period swell should be gone. You and Kate have a great time but be sure to remember the sunscreen 'cause it's cracklin'. ;^) SOHO Real Time GIF Movies


Pat I wonder how they did it ... sleep I mean. ;^)
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49. Patrap
10:29 AM CDT on July 15, 2008
July 16th, Tomorrow, Launch Day..
Weds 16 July,1969

The Saturn 5 is Ready as the Crew settles in for a restful slumber, before boarding tomorrow morning,..
.......for a Trip to the Moon.

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48. sullivanweather
4:48 AM EDT on July 15, 2008
I was just watching some LASCO animated GIF's. It's amazing how those jets of solar wind/particles/whatever it is come off the sun.

On a laptop screen that's tilted at angle those jets become really apparant.
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47. sullivanweather
1:54 AM EDT on July 15, 2008
Steve,

Actually, I'm hoping for the heat. I love those 95-100 degree scorchers. Reminds me of the first summer I moved out of New York City back in 1988. That summer was infamous for its heat and drought.

Upon moving out of the city I was able to go outside and play and whatnot. In the city, that wasn't really possible due to our location.

I just remember most mornings being in the 90's by like 10 or 11am which is quite an accomplishment up herein the Northeast. Spending all day outside in the heat and humidity. It was fun. Playing baseball, rundown, manhunt, football, etc. I relate heat waves to that time for some reason and it always brings me warm memories.

Kate just told me that she wants to go down to the beach on Friday. It's gonna be like 94 degrees so I think it might be time to head down there.
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46. sp34n119w
10:49 PM PDT on July 14, 2008
And a re-entry...

Object Description: Type: Proton-K Auxiliary Motor
Int'l Designation: 2001 053H
Launched: 01 DEC 2001 @ 18:04 UTC
Site: Baikonur Cosmodrome LC200
Mission: Cosmos 2380/2381/2382


Reentry Prediction: Predicted Reentry Time: 18 JUL 2008 @ 20:07 UTC 28 hours
Prediction Epoch: 14 JUL 2008 @ 06:03:21.767 UTC

Think it can be spotted in daylight?
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45. sp34n119w
10:37 PM PDT on July 14, 2008
I've got some nice bright evening ISS passes coming up starting Thursday - thought I'd spread the word for bits of SoCal, anyway :)
I think that it'll be passing most all the US over the following week, too.
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44. LowerCal
12:48 PM PDT on July 14, 2008
It is a good shot and I thought a little "down to earth" astronomy would be a good addition. ;^)
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43. sp34n119w
11:50 AM PDT on July 14, 2008
I thought it looked familiar!
Glad you added anvil's meteor crater pic - that's a good shot of it.
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42. LowerCal
9:21 AM PDT on July 14, 2008
I've added a section on the lineup of the planets for Mid-Late July and section on meteor activity for the Last Weekend of July to the blog entry.
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41. LowerCal
9:02 AM PDT on July 14, 2008
sp I'm sure that's the spot! I can even see the little monument that incorrectly names the Antelope Valley! LOL

Karen That's great you have a monthly astronomy night within walking distance. Congratulations on the AC!

That humidity with the heat is something we SoCalers aren't used to. Mrs. Cal and I suspended our evening walks because they were making us sweat. I'd gladly endure more humid evenings if it would bring the poor folks up north some light rain and relief from the smoke and fires.
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40. sp34n119w
8:44 PM PDT on July 13, 2008
Hey, LC - is this that spot on the 14 with the good wireless reception? LOL
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39. SBKaren
4:42 PM PDT on July 13, 2008
Hi LC,

I went to another astronomy night and got some great pictures. One even made an AC! We had a 20% chance of showers all weekend but all we got was humidity. I worked in the yard Friday afternoon - it felt pleasant enough out and I wasn't really even exerting myself, but I was just dripping! I know it was due to the humidity.

This morning we were already 70º and 84% humidity at 7:30, but the breeze picked up and while we're warmer - 76º the humidity is down to 69%. Much more tolerable.

I think someone somewhere should have gotten rain, but to be honest, I haven't even had the TV on since Friday night. Maybe I'll hear later that someone got some.

My SIL, who lives outside of Sacramento, has been experiencing tremendous heat and very bad air. They are even telling folks to stay inside if they can - due to the smoke from the fires. Northern CA is who really needs the rain now. Let's send some of that rain the midwest is getting (and doesn't need) and maybe a little bit of FL's to them!
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38. sp34n119w
2:48 PM PDT on July 13, 2008
I wouldn't mind living 50 miles north(west) ;)

Get any rain?
I read somewhere (ww) that Whittier got some yeserday.
I heard Beaumont got some on Friday.
Where's mine?! :)
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37. LowerCal
11:22 AM PDT on July 13, 2008
I've updated the info for the Perseid Meteor Shower, Early Mornings August 12 & 13.
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36. LowerCal
10:55 AM PDT on July 12, 2008
sp I think you'd have to move north about 50 miles to see that many stars ... but then it would have a lot warmer than lovely this past week. ;^)


Thomas I've cut back on my roadtrips too ... until I get a plugin hybrid and solar panels on my roof, lol.

I hope you and Kate have a great time at the wedding, enjoy some good beach trips, don't see too much heat this summer and have some better luck with the noctilucent cloud spotting.
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35. sullivanweather
1:26 AM EDT on July 12, 2008
Steve,

I'd love to go down to the shore to see some swells, but I think I'll wait for a stronger closer hurricane (which I think we'll get this year later on).

Also, the price of gas is really hurting right now. Well, let me rephrase that...

Kate and I have a wedding to attend tomorrow and we spent most of our alloted money between paychecks on preparation for that. Money well spent, IMO. LMAO!

But yeah, gas price is a pain (4.35/gallon here) and with the way things are going I almost feel guilty for driving anywhere that consumes large amounts of gas...haha

I think we'll make it out there this summer, though. It is like a 3 hour trip to get to a good beach from here, but it's well worth the time. We didn't go last year and we usually go twice a year during our heat waves. In other words, I miss the ocean...

I'm glad to see you got a break in your heat. Before yesterday, the last time I visited here your temp was 100ish. I think 109. That's damn hot...

We had one small taste of heat here in early June, but it's been kind of mild since.

Noctilucent cloud spotting didn't go too well tonight. A altocumulus deck moved in right around sunset. It did create quite a lovely pink sunset, though.
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34. sp34n119w
10:20 PM PDT on July 11, 2008
Whoa! Cool pic by Astronight up there :)
I was just outside gazing at Jupiter, too. Didn't see quite that many stars... but it's a lovely warm night.
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