Canaveral Launch Success! (see comment 649)

By: LowerCal , 10:19 PM GMT on August 15, 2011

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On the east side of the Sea of Cortez (Gulf of California) is a circular area of low clouds rotating counterclockwise. High clouds above it are moving clockwise. Deep convection is bursting near the center.

UPDATE: A satellite loop of the system described is in comment 1. Similar systems continue to appear. Below I've added self updating satellite images and surface maps of the area.

I'll add loops of similar systems that I see to the comments. Currently there are loops in comments 1 and 7.

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Grail Moonbound (Skyepony)
Last launch of a Delta II after 22 years. It was a Heavy so the sound rolled on a while. It is carrying twin satellites that are headed to survey The Moon. Beautiful launch NASA!
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Grail Moonbound on the last Delta II (Skyepony)
Last launch of a Delta II after 22 years. It was a Heavy so the sound rolled on a while. It is carrying twin satellites that are headed to survey The Moon. Beautiful launch NASA!
Grail Moonbound on the last Delta II
Precision (anvilhead)
A Super Scooper Fixed Wing Aircraft Makes A Water Drop Directly Behind A Home At The Wagon Fire.
Sunset Allure (anvilhead)
Sunset Allure
Development Of A Severe Thunderstorm (anvilhead)
I watched this storm develop for about an hour before it slowly bled off the mountains and turned severe in the Santa Clarita Valley. 60+ mph winds and dime sized hail. Wild weather day here !
Development Of A Severe Thunderstorm
Waxing Gibbous Moon (Ralfo)
Full Moon on 10,11,11
Waxing Gibbous Moon
Cagtripodi Sun Spots (Ralfo)
Mr. Cagtripodi discovered these sunspots on the Sun today from Italy as shown here earlier before on this site. This is a picture angled from Yonkers, N. Y. USA. All credit and thanks Must go to Mr. Cagtripodi for making us aware of the phenomena
Cagtripodi Sun Spots
Port St. John Fl. (joebed)
Atlas 5
Port St. John Fl.
Longs Peak beneath the lunar eclipse (PCG)
The moon is nearing entirely in the Earth's shadow as Longs Peak sits below.
Longs Peak beneath the lunar eclipse
Moonset (mcgino)
Another near infrared image. The bright part of the mountain is bright because it is covered in snow still.
Almost Gone (MikePic)
Almost Gone
From the NW (kippic)
The clouds moved in and covered the moon just after I took this shot. Everett, WA
From the NW
Full Lunar Eclipse (catilac)
I had to bundle up this morning as temps were in the teens..
Full Lunar Eclipse
éclipse lunaire (anvilhead)
Over the Santa Clarita Valley
éclipse lunaire
Winter Solstice – The Shortest day of the Year (Ralfo)
Every Year on the Winter Solstice for many years now I have taken the Sunrise. It is always in the same spot behind that Evergreen Tree. This year there are some clouds but you can still see the Sun Blazing through. Today is the shortage amount daylight. The Good News! We will start picking up daylight from now on! Happy Holidays, Make it The Best Ever! P.S. In the Northern Hemisphere the Winter Solstice starts: Dec. 22, 12:30 A.M. EDT (05:30 UT*), Sun enters sign of Capricorn; winter begins.
Winter Solstice – The Shortest day of the Year
Quadrantid meteor (LaddObservatory)
A very bright meteor from the Quadrantids at 3:00:08 am EST captured by the wide field sky camera on the roof of Ladd Observatory.
Quadrantid meteor
Delta 4 Rocket Launch (Skyepony)
Delta 4 rocket launching the Air Force's Wideband Global SATCOM 4 military communications satellite.
Delta 4 Rocket Launch
Because the night belongs to lovers. (Altred)
Because the night belongs to lovers.
Natures night lite. (johngomes)
Not the best due to all the local light pollution but still better than a black sky. It was approximately 5 below with a slight wind while waiting for the lights to appear.
Natures night lite.
Green and clean. (Altred)
Green and clean.
Final Shuttle Launch (Skyepony)
I did this in Charcoal. It is ~6"X8". It should be the first in a series of three.
Final Shuttle Launch
Discovery Launch STS-120 (Skyepony)
I did this in pen & ink it is STS-120 Discovery, launched on October 23, 2007. It's ~6
Discovery Launch STS-120
Tonights Moon (Ralfo)
Full Moon Tomorrow. 2/7/12.
Tonights Moon
STS-1 (Skyepony)
I did this in pencil.
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Atlas 5 rocket launching the Navy's MUOS 1 mobile communications satellite.
Atlas V

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More woe for Russia's space program -

Spaceflight Now | Breaking News | Soyuz booster fails in launch of communications satellite
A Soyuz rocket and a Russian military communications satellite crashed in Siberia on Friday, continuing a pesky series of launch mishaps blemishing Russia's space program in the last year.
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I've added a solstice WunderPhoto at the bottom of the blog entry.

WU friends, may the next lap around the Sun be good to you and yours.

Finn Thank you for the wishes and all that you do.

GG Thanks the Corgi for the greetings and enlightenment. I love warm clothes right out of the dryer; however, if I was small enough...

Pat Thank you. Good to see that go so smoothly.
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VIDEO: Expedition 30 Docking

The Soyuz TMA-03M spacecraft carrying NASA astronaut Don Pettit, Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko and European Space Agency astronaut Andre Kuipers docks to the International Space Station’s Rassvet module on Dec. 23 at 10:19 a.m. EST.
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Back on Earth, the Corgi sends her holiday greetings and sheds some light on why all the clean clothes are hairy.

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Happy Holidays and a wonderful 2012 to you and your loved ones!


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Best Comet Lovejoy Viewing Location
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Meanwhile in Chinese spaceflight -

Spaceflight Now | Breaking News | Final Chinese launch tally surpasses U.S. rocket fleet
For the first time since the dawn of the space age, China's Long March rocket family eclipsed the annual flight rate of the U.S. fleet of space launchers Thursday ....
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crab Ahoy, mate! :^)

"Why, oh, why doesn't every space-thingie have a self-destruct?"

That's a good idea whose time has come... decades after we started putting thingies up there... but has only been discussed for thingies in Earth orbit. Thing was, there weren't any plans for the Russian Mars mission failing to leave Earth orbit. Oops.

Stay tuned so you'll know when to duck. ;^)

Pat Thanks for the update on Russian spaceflight for humans. ;^) The ISS will be back up to a full crew of six tomorrow afternoon.

gamma Thanks for the wishes and the Florida warmth and sunshine. :^)

May you and yours have happy holidays and a prosperous new year.
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Hello LowerCal,

Merry Christmas!!!

From our Home to Yours
Merry Christmas and a Healthy & Happy New Year 2012!

"And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow,
stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without ribbons.
It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags.
And he puzzled and puzzled, till his puzzler was sore.
Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn%u2019t before.
What if Christmas, he thought, doesn%u2019t come from a store.
What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more."

- Dr. Seuss

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Soyuz Rolls Out to Launch Pad; Crew Works on Science

The Soyuz TMA-03M spacecraft that will carry new Expedition 30 Flight Engineers Oleg Kononenko, Don Pettit and Andre Kuipers into space rolled out to the launch pad Monday at Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The launch is scheduled for Wednesday at 8:16 a.m. EST, with NASA TV coverage beginning at 7:30 a.m. The Soyuz will dock to the International Space Station Friday morning.

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Heya LowerCal!

Alway down for some good olde-fashioned space doom! weeeeee! I was thinking a new CME or perhaps a newly targeted asteroid, but noooooooo.... this time it's US, de humanz. We're always leaving our junk laying around, you notice that? Just downright careless. Why, oh, why doesn't every space-thingie have a self-destruct?

I'll tell you why. Hackers. They're a plague. Some little depimpled basement-dweller would find the code and vaporize 27 million dollars worth of goodies, just for the lolz....... and then make a youtube to brag about it.

Good to see ya matey. :o)
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bug Fortunately it won't interfere with New Year's debauchery though. ;^)
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Great shades of Chicken Little!

Heads up!

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Russia's Phobos-Grunt Mars probe won't be flying much longer.

Spaceflight Now | Breaking News | Russians now preparing for re-entry of failed Mars probe
.... The Russian space agency Roscosmos said re-entry is expected between Jan. 6 and 19. Ted Molczan, a respected independent satellite tracking expert, calculates entry will occur around Jan. 11, plus or minus 5 days.

Whenever it falls, this will be the third uncontrolled re-entry of a large satellite since September. NASA's 6.3-ton Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite fell back to Earth late Sept. 23 U.S. time, showering debris harmlessly into the south Pacific Ocean, and wreckage from Germany's 1.7-ton ROSAT X-ray telescope fell without incident into the Bay of Bengal on Oct. 23.

Russian space officials are hoping Phobos-Grunt follows suit, with any debris impacting in unpopulated areas, but accurate predictions will not be possible until a few days, or even hours, before re-entry. Roscosmos and the Russian defense ministry have set up a task force to monitor Phobos-Grunt's trajectory and eventual fall to Earth.
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GG Close enough! :^)

Syd Get flappin'!
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Okay vaguely on topic only because Syd can fly....

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GG Sometimes, somewhere along the chain, the concept of "educated guess" is omitted. This case became an educational opportunity for the entire chain. :^)

Pat Thanks for those latest in depth updates on commercial and NASA spaceflight development. :^)

shore All entertaining hypothoses are entertained here. :^) BTW the cat carols in your latest WordPress entry were very entertaining.
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How did Comet Lovejoy survive its near-death encounter? Hmmmmm.....

Comet Lovejoy.

Love. Joy.

I can't stop myself. Maybe it was just out wassailing.... ;-)

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Artist concept of Space Launch System on launchpad. (NASA/MSFC)

NASA, Industry Leaders Discuss New Booster Development for Space Launch System

On Dec. 15, more than 120 aerospace industry leaders from more than 70 companies attended the Space Launch System's Advanced Booster Industry Day held at Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. The event focused on a NASA Research Announcement for the Space Launch System's (SLS) advanced booster.

Marshall is leading the design and development of the SLS on behalf of the agency. The new heavy-lift launch vehicle will expand human presence beyond low-Earth orbit and enable new missions of exploration across the solar system.

For explorations beyond the first two test flights, the SLS vehicle will require an advanced booster with a significant increase in thrust over existing U.S. liquid or solid boosters.

"As we are forging ahead with Space Launch System development, we are pleased to have such a strong response from industry and look forward to their ideas and hardware demonstrations for advance boosters concepts," said Todd May, SLS program manager. "Together, our expertise will enable an entirely new U.S. booster capability -- the largest and highest performing booster system ever produced -- to begin the journey to deep space safely and affordably."

Through this research announcement, NASA is seeking proposals for engineering demonstrations and/or risk reduction strategies for advanced booster concepts. The aim is to reducing risks while enhancing affordability, improving reliability and meeting our performance goals during an initial 30-month phase prior to the full and open Design Development Test and Evaluation (DDTE) competition. The total award value for the research announcement is $200 million with multiple awards anticipated.

NASA anticipates initiating a full and open competition for the advanced booster system in FY2015 with award anticipated in FY2016 and hardware delivery in the FY2019 timeframe. The 130-metric-ton, evolved SLS is slated for completion following the 2021 test flight.

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High-tech tycoons develop new operating system for space
Published: Saturday, December 17, 2011, 9:00 AM

The tycoons of cyberspace are looking to bankroll America's resurgence in outer space, reviving "Star Trek" dreams that first interested them in science. Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen made the latest step this week, unveiling plans for a new commercial spaceship that, instead of blasting off a launch pad, would be carried high into the atmosphere by the widest plane ever built before it fires its rockets.

He joins Silicon Valley powerhouses Elon Musk of PayPal and Jeff Bezos of Inc. in a new private space race that attempts to fill the gap left when the U.S. government ended the space shuttle program.
Musk, whose Space Exploration Technologies will send its Dragon capsule to dock with the International Space Station in February, will provide the capsule and booster rocket for Allen's venture, which is called Stratolaunch. Bezos is building a rival private spaceship.

Allen is working with aerospace pioneer Burt Rutan, who collaborated with the tycoon in 2004 to win a $10 million prize for the first flight of a private spaceship that went into space but not orbit.
Allen says his enormous airplane and spaceship system will go to "the next big step: a private orbital space platform business."
The new system is "a radical change" in how people can get to space, and it will "keep America at the forefront of space exploration," Allen said.
Their plane will have a 380-foot wingspan — longer than a football field and wider than the biggest aircraft ever, Howard Hughes' Spruce Goose.

It will launch a space capsule equipped with a booster rocket, which will send the spacecraft into orbit. This method saves money by not using rocket fuel to get off the ground. The spaceship may hold as many as six people.
"When I was growing up, America's space program was the symbol of aspiration," said Allen, who mentioned his love of science fiction and early human spaceflights. "For me, the fascination with space never ended. I never stopped dreaming what might be possible."

For those attracted to difficult technical challenges, space is the ultimate challenge, Allen said.
"It's also the ultimate adventure. We all grew up devouring science fiction and watching Mercury and Gemini, Apollo and the space shuttle. And now we are able to be involved in moving things to the next level," he said, adding that he admires people like Simonyi who have gone into space to experience it.
Allen is not alone in having such dreams, and the money to gamble on making them come true.
Bezos set up the secretive private space company Blue Origin, which has received $3.7 million in NASA start-up funds to develop a rocket to carry astronauts. Its August flight test ended in failure.

"Space was the inspiration that got people into high-tech ... at least individuals in their 40s and 50s," said Peter Diamandis, who created the space prize Allen won earlier and is a high-tech mogul-turned space business leader himself. "Now they're coming full circle."
Diamandis helped found a company that sends tourists to space for at least $25 million a ride, and seven of the eight rides involved high-tech executives living out their space dreams. One is a former Microsoft colleague of Allen's, Charles Simonyi, who paid at least $20 million apiece for two rides into orbit and attended Allen's Tuesday news conference, saying he wouldn't mind a third flight.

"Space has a draw for humanity," not just high-tech billionaires, Simonyi said, but he acknowledged that most people don't have the cash to take that trip.
Space experts welcome the burst of high-tech interest in a technology that 50 years ago spurred the development of computers.
"Space travel the way we used to do it has a '50s and '60s ring to it," said retired George Washington University space policy professor John Logsdon. "These guys have a vision of revitalizing a sector that makes it 21st century."

But Logsdon said the size of the capsule and rocket going to space seemed kind of small to him, only carrying 13,000 pounds. It didn't seem like a game-changer, he said.
Stratolaunch's air-launch method is already used by an older rocket company, Orbital Sciences Corp., to launch satellites. It's also the same method used by the first plane to break the sound barrier more than 50 years ago.
Stratolaunch, to be based in Huntsville, Ala., bills its method of getting to space as "any orbit, any time." Rutan will build the carrier aircraft, which will use six 747 engines. The first unmanned test flight is tentatively scheduled for 2016.

NASA, in a statement, welcomed Allen to the space business, saying his plan "has the potential to make future access to low-Earth orbit more competitive, timely, and less expensive."
Unlike its competitors, Allen's company isn't relying on start-up money from NASA, which is encouraging private companies to take the load of hauling cargo and astronauts to low Earth orbit and the International Space Station. The space agency, which retired the space shuttle fleet earlier this year, plans to leave that more routine work to private companies and concentrate on deep space human exploration of an asteroid, the moon and even Mars.

Allen said his interest comes not just because of the end of the shuttle program or changes in government funding for space, but he does see an incredible opportunity right now for the private sector to move the needle on space travel.
Allen's company is looking at making money from tourists and launching small communications satellites, as well as from NASA and the Defense Department, said former NASA Administrator Michael Griffin, a Stratolaunch board member who spoke at a Tuesday news conference.

Just three months ago, Griffin was testifying before Congress that he thought the Obama administration's reliance on private companies for space travel "does not withstand a conventional business case analysis."
This is different because it's private money, with no help or dependence on government dollars, said Griffin, who served under President George W. Bush.
Allen and Rutan collaborated on 2004's SpaceShipOne, which was also launched in the air from a special aircraft in back-to-back flights.

Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic licensed the technology and is developing SpaceShipTwo to carry tourists to space. But Allen's first efforts were more a hobby, while this would be more a business, Logsdon said.
SpaceShipOne cost $28 million, but this will cost much more, officials said.
Allen left Microsoft Corp. in 1983, and has pursued many varied interests since then. He's the owner of the Seattle Seahawks football team as well as the NBA's Portland Trailblazers. He also founded a Seattle museum that emphasizes science fiction.
Allen said this venture fits with his technology bent.
"I'm a huge fan of anything to push the boundaries of science," Allen said.

Donna Blankinship and Seth Borenstein of The Associated Press wrote this report. Borenstein contributed from Washington.
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"Near death experience" lol Of course, the comet LoveJoy. It had all the hype being turned out from the "science for the people" sites about tuning in to watch it get eaten by the sun.

I agree with Patrap, someone better get their sliderule out and check the trajectory again ;-)
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Pat Barring that we could just do ourselves in this century. :^/

ycd0108 Thanks for the shout out. :^)

"I suppose the first thing to say is this: I was wrong. Wrong, wrong, wrong," wrote astronomer Karl Battams, with the US Naval Observatory, who has been blogging about what he calculated as Comet Lovejoy's impending demise. "And I have never been so happy to be wrong!"

Why? Because, he says, that's when scientists really learn something.
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This "close encounter" was not supposed to have anything come out the other side. It is unlikely that the leftovers will come anywhere near us but a close pass like that will have to be analysed.
Thank you for all your posts.
I watch the sky and your blog.
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2012 is gonna be the year of the Sky I think.

Hope one aint a Gamma Ray Burst..our way.

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Sorry for the delay.

Diagram created with the JPL Small-Body Database Browser.

Almost all of Comet Lovejoy's orbit (dark blue) is south of the plane of the Earth's orbit except for a tiny portion very close to the Sun (light blue). The comet won't be rounding the Sun again for about another 314 years.
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Comet Lovejoy: A Solar Survivor - Homepage News -
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Pat Thanks for the link and speculations. :^) I'll have a link to the orbital diagram up shortly.

Thanks and wishes for a merry Christmas for you and yours too!
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Oh, and Merry Christmas to you and your's Lowercal..!!

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I hope someone is checking this Comets new Orbit and eccentricity as well.

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Maybe it aint a Comet?

I hope the Mayan werent off by a year, as next year Feb does have 29 days me tinks.

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Comet Lovejoy survives its trek around SOL.
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In other words,
A reduction in funding from NASA's expectation this year will also likely push back operational manned missions of commercial spacecraft until 2017, according to Bill Gerstenmaier, associate administrator of the agency's human exploration and operations directorate.
Gerstenmaier said the Space Act Agreements will offer a more flexible mechanism to partner with private companies, but it comes at the expense of NASA involvement in the day-to-day design, testing and development decisions by the commercial firms.
Not only does the budget reduction probably delay the onset of manned flights to the space station until 2017, but it also forced NASA to adjust its acquisition strategy. Traditional contracts would need to be renegotiated and rewritten if future budgets are beset with similar reductions.
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Spaceflight Now | Breaking News | NASA rethinks mechanics for commercial crew contracts
Under a compromise budget for fiscal 2012, NASA will get $17.8 billion, including $406 million for commercial crew development. That's about half what the Obama administration requested, a shortfall that will delay the debut of any new vehicle by about one year, to 2017 if not later. NASA's current contract with the Russian federal space agency expires in the spring of 2016.

Gerstenmaier said NASA will be forced to negotiate a contract extension in the 2013 timeframe to ensure additional Soyuz flights, assuming Congress grants a waiver
to the Iran, North Korea and Syria Nonproliferation Act that otherwise would block the space agency from buying high-technology services from the Russians.
"A contract gives us a product out the other side, but it needs a stable funding environment," Gerstenmaier said. "Without a stable funding requirement, there's a risk with the contract. The Space Act gives us a lot of flexibility, but it doesn't insure that we're going to get exactly what we need coming out the other side.
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Pat Thanks for the updates. For so much of our human history we had no idea how much was happening on our own star it's amazing.
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Solar Update:

Solar activity was at higher than normal levels with over twenty (20) C-Class flares being detected around departing Sunspot 1367. This region is now fully behind the western limb and out of direct Earth view. The Solar X-Rays are quiet and in the B-Class range. The remaining Sunspot regions 1374, 1375, 1376 and 1377 are stable.

Watch the video below to see the activity surrounding Sunspot 1367 as captured by STEREO Ahead. Also in the movie is Comet Lovejoy approaching.

Large Comet Nearing Sun :
The large comet named Lovejoy is getting closer to the Sun on Thursday and is expected to burn up later today.

Comet Lovejoy approaching the Sun (Thursday - Latest) - Lasco
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Spaceflight Now | Mars Science Lab | Mars-bound rover previewing the experience for astronauts
Already 32 million miles from Earth on its interplanetary trek to Mars, the Curiosity rover has begun collecting useful scientific data about the radiation conditions that astronauts would encounter on the way to the red planet.

The Radiation Assessment Detector, an instrument mounted the rover, has begun obtaining measurements on energetic particles penetrating the Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft.

"RAD is serving as a proxy for an astronaut inside a spacecraft on the way to Mars," said Don Hassler, RAD's principal investigator from the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colo. "The instrument is deep inside the spacecraft, the way an astronaut would be. Understanding the effects of the spacecraft on the radiation field will be valuable in designing craft for astronauts to travel to Mars."
The radiation detector will continue operating on Mars to show what astronauts working on the planet would experience.
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Pat More great innovation from the commercial sector! The "first stage" is completely reusable with a very quick turnaround. There are no delays due to weather conditions at a fixed launch site. There are no restrictions on orbit parameters due to a fixed launch site.

Privatized human spaceflight in the not so distant future? :^)

shore In those conditions consider yourself lucky if you *don't* see a meteor. ;^)

The Geminid peak was strong as usual this year. The corrected rate was 81 ±11/hr. That's corrected to what it would be directly overhead in a clear and rural and moonless dark sky. The peak of actual observations was 23/hr over a northern European site. Link
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Well, there's only one thing worse than a full moon for meteor-watching: dense fog advisories. We've had it since last midnight and it may keep on until the rain arrives on Thursday. Anyway, I can't even see the street lights, so I don't suppose I'd have any luck with anything in the heavens, up to and including the full moon!

Those are some fine photos of the eclipse, though What a treat for OBOP & others.
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Oh man, I like dat concept.

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goofyrider Thanks for preview report. I haven't been recommending Geminid watching this year because of the mostly full moon. However for tonight and tomorrow night:

Ten tips for watching the Geminid meteor shower | Astronomy Essentials | EarthSky
10. As a wise man once said, meteor watching is a lot like fishing. You go outside. You enjoy nature all around you. You hope you catch some!
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40 N, 74 W:

Geminids: Quick watch tonight 0300 to 0320 3 sightings generally trending from NNW OR NNE to the S. One was visible for 30-40 deg the others were 15-10 deg with 3=4 short bursts that might have been. 30 Deg, calm and no bugs. Nice moon blocked most of the west view.

Weather does not look promising for rest of the week.

Great shots of the eclipse. Liked ref @ 368. Thanks
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I've added more WunderPhotos of the eclipse at the bottom of my blog entry.
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See a firsthand account and photos by Wunderblogger PCG at Lunar eclipse makes standing in the cold worthwhile.

I added one of his WunderPhotos at the bottom of my blog entry.
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obop What great luck for you! :^)

I have visited the Northwest (Seattle) once. It was in the winter some years ago. It was severely clear that day. Every resident I met said the exact same thing, "It's never like this!"
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We've had several rare nights of clear sky here in the Portland area so got to see the eclipse. Beautifull holiday treat.
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Totality has ended. The final partial phase will last for just over another hour.

If the Moon in your area isn't currently visible see the live webcast from Hong Kong in comment 362.
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The total phase of the lunar eclipse will end in about 15 minutes.
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The disc of the Moon looks like a not-quite-new penny now.
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Totality begins in 5 minutes.

Live Webcast of Lunar Eclipse from Hong Kong Observatory & Hong Kong Space Museum

Reload to update this image or just follow the link to the self updating image.
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