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

By: LowerCal , 10:39 PM GMT on June 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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127. LowerCal
9:49 AM GMT on July 21, 2011
Atlantis has passed Lake Okeechobee.
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126. LowerCal
9:47 AM GMT on July 21, 2011
Atlantis now overflying Naples, Florida.
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125. LowerCal
9:46 AM GMT on July 21, 2011
Atlantis will cross the coast of Florida at Naples and then pass just west of Lake Okeechobee on its way to Kennedy Space Center.
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124. LowerCal
9:43 AM GMT on July 21, 2011
Atlantis is now passing western Cuba.
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123. LowerCal
9:43 AM GMT on July 21, 2011
After paralleling the Yucatan Peninsula off Belize and Mexico Atlantis will pass the western tip of Cuba.
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122. aquak9
9:41 AM GMT on July 21, 2011
too far for me to hear or see from Jax...too bad , I think it's clear, the moon is bright.
sad sigh, we're home, our travels are over.
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121. LowerCal
9:41 AM GMT on July 21, 2011
Atlantis has left the coast of Honduras.
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120. LowerCal
9:40 AM GMT on July 21, 2011
Atlantis is now crossing El Salvador.
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119. LowerCal
9:39 AM GMT on July 21, 2011
Atlantis will be crossing the coast of Central America at El Salvador, traversing Honduras and than paralleling the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula.
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118. LowerCal
9:35 AM GMT on July 21, 2011
Atlantis is passing the Equator near the Galapagos Islands.
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117. LowerCal
9:25 AM GMT on July 21, 2011
Atlantis is now entering the atmosphere over the eastern South Pacific Ocean.
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116. LowerCal
8:53 AM GMT on July 21, 2011
The deorbit burn is complete and successful.
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115. LowerCal
8:49 AM GMT on July 21, 2011
The deorbit burn has begin.
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114. LowerCal
8:35 AM GMT on July 21, 2011
Shuttle Atlantis will be landing at Kennedy Space Center at 5:56am EDT. Here is the final ground track:



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113. LowerCal
8:29 AM GMT on July 21, 2011
Atlantis' deorbit burn will begin in about 20 minutes at 4:49am EDT.
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112. LowerCal
4:34 AM GMT on July 21, 2011
... and a shuttle makes a deep rumble too as it's landing, without engines, just the turbulence of the tremendous amount of air it is displacing.
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111. LowerCal
4:23 AM GMT on July 21, 2011
Skye Maybe not as amazing as the launch but the landing from up close is stunning in its own way. The banked turns to bleed off speed look impossibly steep. Also a shuttle glides just a little better than a brick. It looks more and more like it will splatter until the last second. I'm glad the husband gets to be there and I'm looking forward to seeing his photos.
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110. Skyepony (Mod)
3:07 AM GMT on July 21, 2011
My husband won the landing lotto. It's a single ticket, they take them out there on a bus real close. He's taking my camera.
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109. LowerCal
5:45 PM GMT on July 20, 2011
Spaceflight Now | STS-135 Shuttle Report | Astronauts ready Atlantis for Thursday's predawn landing
....
NASA is not staffing its backup landing site at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., on Thursday. If the weather or some other problem prevents a Florida landing, the crew will remain in orbit an additional 24 hours and head for one coast or the other on Friday.
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108. LowerCal
5:38 PM GMT on July 20, 2011
Final Shuttle landing scheduled for early tomorrow.

First Landing Opportunity at 5:56am EDT




Second Landing Opportunity at 7:32am EDT




Source: NASA - STS-135 Landing Ground Tracks
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107. LowerCal
5:37 PM GMT on July 20, 2011
Pat 42 years ago such an awesome acheivement some still can't believe it really happened.
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106. Patrap
4:39 PM GMT on July 20, 2011


Last View

This image of the International Space Station was taken by Atlantis' STS-135 crew during a fly around as the shuttle departed the station on Tuesday, July 19, 2011. STS-135 is the final shuttle mission to the orbital laboratory.

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105. Patrap
4:38 PM GMT on July 20, 2011
42 years ago this afternoon...

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104. Patrap
9:07 PM GMT on July 19, 2011
Apollo 11 Houston,, we copy ya LOI,..over?



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103. LowerCal
2:11 AM GMT on July 19, 2011
Tuesday, July 19 2:28am EDT
Shuttle Atlantis undocks from the International Space Station.

Wednesday, July 20, 4:17pm EDT
42nd anniversary of Lunar Module Eagle's landing on the Moon.

Thursday, July 21 5:57am EDT
Shuttle Atlantis' scheduled landing at Kennedy Space Center.

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102. Patrap
3:17 AM GMT on July 17, 2011
It is kinda sweet stuff for sure LC.

Happy 42 anniversary of the Launch to yas.

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101. LowerCal
3:13 AM GMT on July 17, 2011
Pat Beautiful soundtrack for those maneuvers.
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42 years this morning, post Launch by 3plus hours, a Ballet en route to Luna



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Pat, Barefoot Sweet memories of grand accomplishments... and anxiety about an uncertain future. :^\

I'll take this opportunity to micro-rant at our elected representatives. "If you want to announce grand plans then demonstrate the nerve and honesty to fully fund them."

Barefoot I'm looking forward to some time travel.

Skye I'll make every effort to be at Vandenberg AFB for the next Delta IV launch scheduled March 29, 2012. I've added your photo at the bottom of the blog entry. That big orange flame is recognizable even from 100 miles away.

Thanks to your dad for his efforts.

I'm thankful the decision was made to keep the ISS up now that it's finished it and for the new jobs it has brought to KSC. At the rate SpaceX is going I would be surprised them flying humans to the ISS in 2 years.

OGal It's amazing to realize sometimes that the moon men walk among us as one of us.

I don't think it's unrealistic of me to hope to see humans on at least the moons of Mars in my lifetime. I would be happy to see us making continuous genuine progress toward Mars for the rest of my lifetime though.
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98. OGal

Always proud of my Neil Armstrong heritage. I grew up in Wapakoneta, Ohio Neil's homwtown. His trip to the moon was and still is the biggest thing that ever happened in Wapak. I have collected so many Neil Armstrong things over my lifetime. I am also proud to say Neil and I share the love of Purdue University. That is where I met my husband and where Neill has given so much back to a school he loves. Apollo 11 was a beginning in space. Now I hope we just have not too many years before our manned trip to Mars. I have faith it will happen.
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97. Skyepony (Mod)
Those Delta IV are just bright & loud. Most comparable to a shuttle. Had it been a lighter rocket, I don't know if I would have stayed up. Picture is up. I still struggle with those night shots.

I happen to have my Dad over. He was touched by my tribute in your blog. He hadn't seen it yet.

Saw NASA is handing out a contract at KSC for oversight & development of experiments on the ISS. 100s of jobs..yay. Also commercial shuttle for people to ISS expected in 2 years?
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Hi LC,
Been reading through the bittersweet space exploration memories. Love Skye's photo with the caption about her father packing her off to the first shuttle launch.

Much appreciate your stop in my blog the other day.
:)
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A moment in time, well remembered,,and well done indeed.
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... humans left their home planet to set foot on another world for the first time.

Pat thanks for the reminder and the video. I still reexperience the anxiety and excitement.
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42 years ago this morning...

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Spaceflight Now | Delta Launch Report | Mission Status Center
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Skye I didn't make it. A late big dinner helped to push me off to dreamland before T Zero.

Four minutes of beautiful crackling rumble... I'd like to witness a launch like that some day. Actually it probably helps when it's in the dead of night, lol. Thanks for posting your first hand account. Looking forward to your pic.
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90. Skyepony (Mod)
Beautiful launch..super bright, superb sound lasting ~4 mins...should be pic tomorrow.
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89. Skyepony (Mod)
Little over an hour from now...no issues with launch countdown..but will I make it? Full moon.
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The Delta IV launch from Cape Canaveral AFS is rescheduled to Saturday, July 16 at 2:41-3:00am EDT.
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Tonight's Delta IV launch from Cape Canaveral has been scrubbed due to weather.
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A next generation GPS satellite is scheduled to launch atop a Delta IV rocket from Cape Canaveral AFS, Florida tonight. The launch window is 2:45-3:04am EDT.

Find updates and coverage at

Spaceflight Now | Delta Launch Report | Mission Status Center
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I added WunderPhotos of the final Shuttle launch at the bottom of the blog entry.
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Gg Happy they got the chance to do it one more time.

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They got a nice wake up call this morning from Elton John! They must be loving this final adventure.
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I updated the link to the Sky & Telescope Interactive Sky Chart near the top of the blog entry. The Sky Chart is unavailable for an indefinite period but if you found it useful in the past you can post a comment at the link saying so and urging its speedy return.
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Cybr Great view! You picked a good seat.
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My photo of launch from KSC (water, was on a speed boat)
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The final Shuttle mission has been extended by an additional day. Atlantis' first landing opportunity will now be "July 21 at approximately 5:56 a.m. EDT (0956 GMT), which is a half-hour before sunrise. A backup landing opportunity would be possible an orbit later around 7:30 a.m. EDT, about an hour after sunrise".
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Hurricane4Lex It is heck! I can get the same feed on two different computers out of sync.

Thanks for asking. :^) For human spaceflight I would like to see the next mission for a new heavy-lift vehicle go to an Near Earth Asteroid (NEA). An asteroid impact is the one natural catastrophe that could be entirely preventable within years if research and effort is made (see NASA's New Asteroid Mission Could Save the Planet | Space.com). Such a mission would also be a good shorter durations step toward a manned mission to one of Mars' moons.

goofyrider Thanks! It's such a cheery tune I thought I'd link it again. :^)



The entire path remains to be seen but SpaceX seems to be moving along pretty well so far.

Snowfire The Kennedy Space Center (KSC) facilities will be renovated to cater to commercial launch companies and the NASA heavy-lift. The commercial companies will have to pay to use the facilities. :^)

Ossqss Thanks for the link. :^) That is an excellent series.

Pat Thanks for the update with the whimsical intro. :^)

Atlantis now is docked with the International Space Station (ISS) now and there are no problems with the shuttle's head shield.

Gatorxgrrrl How sweet! :^) It made a real an impression on her I'd guess.

For years I kept the Polaroids I took of the first men walking on the moon (on TV). The photos eventually faded but not the memory of my "participation".
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It was so cloudy here I could not see a thing, but my aunt Pat sent me a picture of the launch that she took on her TV in Kentucky and emailed to me, like it's the same thing, lol. God love her, she is a wonderful country girl!!
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