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 Satellite/Spacecraft Flybys

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(K.O.O.L.)Kmanskies Observation Observatory Lancaster
(34.5790°N, 118.1160°W) 
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CHECK OUT NEW "YOUR OBSERVATIONS LOG" Post your observations on site for all to see   

Data Tables Developed by Chris Peat, Heavens-Above @ www.heavens-above.com Retrieved July 19, 2014 Posted by K. Walker Visit Heavens-Above Register your location.
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Star Charts Available @  www.heavens-above.com

  NASA SkyWatch Satellites and other Spacecraft Sighting Opportunities from your City:
http://spaceflight1.nasa.gov/realdata/tracking/ or http://www.heavens-above.com

   Space Weather News 
http://spaceweather.com 

Spaceweather Radio

Kmanskies "helps sponsor Space Weather Radio"  go listen for FREE... Great for Satellites too!

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METEOR ECHOES : The US Air Force Space Surveillance Radar has been shut down, but we're still recording meteor echos. How do we do it? Radio engineer Stan Nelson uses a Yagi antenna in New Mexico to detect 54 MHz TV signals reflected from meteor trails. When a meteor passes over his observatory--ping!--there is an echo. It's the next best thing to a giant government radar! www.spaceweatherradio.com 

 

If you've never seen a spaceship with your own eyes, now's your chance. No matter where you live, you should have at least a few opportunities to see the biggest spaceship ever built. Real Time Tracking Information and Map  

Information/Data Retrieved from the Following http://spaceflight1.nasa.gov/realdata/tracking/ or  http://heavens-above.com

Star Charts Available @ http://heavens-above.com

 
 
The ISS has been Completed after construction for nearly 11 years, and it has grown very large and very bright. The station is now more than 350 ft wide (wider than a football field), has 12,600 cubic feet of labs and living quarters, and on Earth would weigh about 670,000 lb. Sunlight illuminating the massive outpost makes it shine fifteen times brighter than Sirius, the brightest star in the sky.
Sometimes it is even brighter than that. Sunlight glinting from the station's flat surfaces (mainly solar arrays) produce dazzling flares as much as six hundred times brighter than Sirius.
 
ALL SATELLITE INFORMATION AS SEEN FROM ANTELOPE VALLEY OBSERVATORY SITE and SURROUNDING AREA
Lancaster, Palmdale, California
( 34.5790°N, 118.1160°W)
ALL SIGHTINGS +/- 1-2 MINUTES DUE TO SECURITY CONCERNS
 
Go to http://www.heavens-above.com : Register/enter your location for your own data sets. The Following tables are for The California High Desert and surrounding area near Lancaster/Palmdale Area. 
( 34.5790°N, 118.1160°W) Lancaster/Palmdale California
 
 
 GO TO: http://spaceflight1.nasa.gov/realdata/tracking/ or  http://heavens-above.com 
To Get Your local Star Charts 

Star Charts Available @  www.heavens-above.com

 
VISUAL AID TIPS AND TRICKS 
 
A few simple instructions "Always"  check Your Clear Sky Chart for seeing conditions in your area first. (http://cleardarksky.com/csk/) Look to the left side and find the date, from here look across the top of the table for (date,mag,time,alt,az,) Under these you will find the information that tells you when and where to look. The only other thing you need to know is directions from your location, (N.S.E.W.) The times are in 24hr clock 0800 is 8am, 1300 is 1pm, 2300 is 11pm. (Az) is your direction to look WSW is "West South West" (Alt). is Altitude from Horizon going up. Note: Your fist held straight out with thumb on top is a distance of about 10 degrees, straight up overhead is 90 degrees. If (Az) degrees is given know that facing North directly behind you is South which is 180 degrees, looking West add 90 degrees making it 270 degrees and so on. (Mag). is brightness the lower the number the brighter the object, the higher the number the dimmer the object your eyes can't see much dimmer than 5.5 Mag. without aid. (See Observation Kit Below) " Most satellites move to fast to track with telescopes. Sightings listed here are ones expected to be seen, some because of mountains and trees won't be visible. The nice ones are above 10 degrees. Hope this helps!
 
Observation Equipment Kit

1. Binoculars "Suggested 5-7X50 Wide Field"
2. Compass "Attach to Binoculars"
3. Note Pad
4. Mechanical Pencil
5. Red Filtered Flashlight "For Night Vision"
6. Stop Watch "Attach to Binoculars"
"Clear Sky Clock Home"
http://cleardarksky.com/csk/
 
 
 

          X-37B - Visible Passes

NOT IN ORBIT AT THIS TIME

 

Star Charts Available @  www.heavens-above.com

  (updated by Kman) Contact: (kman935@kmanskies.8m.net

Information and Data Retrieved from

http://heavens-above.com & http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/realdata/sightings/index.html
LL SIGHTING +/- 1-2 MINUTES
 

INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION

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"ISS" Passes: Visible
(Below 10' Alt is considered marginal viewing), (If you have a good view of the horizon 10' Alt. is visible)
 Passes Visible from Lancaster, Palmdale and surrounding Area 
ISS - Visible Passes

ISS - Visible Passes
Search period start: 15 September 2016 00:00
Search period end: 25 September 2016 00:00
Orbit: 401 x 409 km, 51.6° (Epoch: 16 September)

Passes to include:

Date Brightness Start Highest point End Pass type
(mag) Time Alt. Az. Time Alt. Az. Time Alt. Az.
22 Sep -0.3 19:57:48 10° SW 19:58:04 12° SW 19:58:04 12° SW visible
23 Sep -2.7 19:06:03 10° SSW 19:09:01 34° SE 19:09:29 32° ESE visible
24 Sep -0.8 19:50:56 10° W 19:53:17 18° NW 19:53:41 18° NW visible

 

 

 


 


    Data

ISS Data/Information Retrieved from: http://heavens-above.com & http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/realdata/sightings/index.html
Hubble Space Telescope
"HST"- Passes: Visible
Search period start: 15 March 2016 00:00
Search period end: 25 March 2016 00:00
Orbit: 540 x 543 km, 28.5° (Epoch: 14 March)

Passes to include:

Click on the date to get a star chart and other pass details.

Date Brightness Start Highest point End Pass type
(mag) Time Alt. Az. Time Alt. Az. Time Alt. Az.
15 Mar 3.7 04:25:44 12° ESE 04:25:44 12° ESE 04:26:12 10° ESE visible
15 Mar 1.8 06:01:08 19° WSW 06:03:31 34° S 06:07:18 10° ESE visible
16 Mar 1.8 05:52:07 23° SW 05:53:56 33° S 05:57:42 10° ESE visible
17 Mar 1.8 05:43:07 26° SW 05:44:21 31° S 05:48:03 10° SE visible
18 Mar 1.9 05:34:08 27° SSW 05:34:45 29° S 05:38:22 10° SE visible
19 Mar 2.1 05:25:13 26° S 05:25:13 26° S 05:28:37 10° SE visible
20 Mar 2.4 05:16:22 21° S 05:16:22 21° S 05:18:49 10° SE visible
21 Mar 2.9 05:07:36 16° SSE 05:07:36 16° SSE 05:08:56 10° SSE visible
22 Mar 3.4 04:58:54 10° SSE 04:58:54 10° SSE 04:58:55 10° SSE visible

 

 

 

 

 N. Korean satellite - Visible Passes

 
Search period end: 24 May 2015 00:00
Orbit: 474 x 538 km, 97.3° (Epoch: 13 May)

Passes to include:  

Date Brightness Start Highest point End Pass type
(mag) Time Alt. Az. Time Alt. Az. Time Alt. Az.
14 May 9.5 21:10:17 10° WSW 21:12:08 13° W 21:13:50 10° WNW visible
15 May 9.0 20:51:20 10° SSW 20:54:13 23° W 20:57:04 10° NW visible
16 May 7.9 20:32:59 10° S 20:36:20 40° W 20:39:46 10° NNW visible
17 May 6.8 20:14:58 10° S 20:18:31 75° W 20:22:09 10° NNW visible
19 May 9.7 21:15:43 10° WSW 21:17:03 11° W 21:18:11 10° WNW visible
20 May 9.2 20:56:18 10° SW 20:59:01 20° W 21:01:42 10° NW visible
21 May 8.3 20:37:44 10° SSW 20:41:02 34° W 20:44:24 10° NNW visible
22 May 7.1 20:19:33 10° S 20:23:06 63° W 20:26:46 10° NNW visible

   

 

 

China's  Space Station

Tiangong 1 - Visible Passes

Tiangong 1 - Visible Passes
Tiangong 1 - Visible Passes

Search period start: 14 July 2016 00:00
Search period end: 24 July 2016 00:00
Orbit: 366 x 386 km, 42.8° (Epoch: 14 July)

Passes to include:

Date Brightness Start Highest point End Pass type
(mag) Time Alt. Az. Time Alt. Az. Time Alt. Az.
14 Jul 1.5 20:12:43 10° WNW 20:15:48 54° SW 20:18:50 10° SE visible
15 Jul 3.7 20:48:37 10° WSW 20:49:53 12° SW 20:51:10 10° SSW visib

IFS

Iridium Flare Satellites 

(Phone Communication Satellites)

 
 
Each satellite has three main mission antennas (MMAs), which are flat, highly reflective surfaces, that can reflect the Sun's rays to an observer on the ground when the geometry is correct. The satellite's attitude is controlled so that the long axis remains vertical, with one MMA always pointing forwards. Given this knowledge of the attitude, together with the orbital position of the satellite and the Sun and observer's location, it is possible to calculate the angle between the direction to the observer from the satellite and the line of a perfect reflection of the Sun. This is the so-called "mirror angle" and determines the magnitude of the flare.
 
 Just like someone holding a signal mirror at a distance and when the angle is just right in your direction you see the bright flash of sunlight, some of these can be visible in daylight hours. And an awsome sight at night.
Can anyone get a photo of any Flare? Email me at kman@kmanskies.8m.net I will post it on this site. Be sure to identify which flare it is so I can post all information. To see submitted images go to Iridium Flare Satellite Images Page.
ISS - Visible Passes
Search period start: 15 September 2016 00:00
Search period end: 25 September 2016 00:00
Orbit: 401 x 409 km, 51.6° (Epoch: 16 September)

Passes to include:

Date Brightness Start Highest point End Pass type
(mag) Time Alt. Az. Time Alt. Az. Time Alt. Az.
22 Sep -0.3 19:57:48 10° SW 19:58:04 12° SW 19:58:04 12° SW visible
23 Sep -2.7 19:06:03 10° SSW 19:09:01 34° SE 19:09:29 32° ESE visible
24 Sep -0.8 19:50:56 10° W 19:53:17 18° NW 19:53:41 18° NW visible

Iridium Flares

 

 Iridium Flares

Search period start: 12:37 Thursday, 15 September, 2016      
Search period end: 12:37 Thursday, 22 September, 2016

 

Time Brightness Altitude Azimuth Satellite Distance to flare centre Brightness at flare centre Sun altitude
Sep 16, 05:28:22 0.5 40° 5° (N) Iridium 35 42 km (W) -7.7 -10°
Sep 17, 05:22:11 -2.3 39° 8° (N) Iridium 6 17 km (E) -7.6 -12°
Sep 18, 19:11:06 0.7 51° 162° (SSE) Iridium 12 45 km (W) -8.2 -14°
Sep 19, 19:04:58 -0.4 51° 164° (SSE) Iridium 86 32 km (W) -8.2 -13°
Sep 21, 17:07:03 -7.6 57° 228° (SW) Iridium 5 1 km (W) -7.6 16°

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
Comets

 Star Charts Available @  www.heavens-above.com

 
UPDATING 09/16
This table shows the brightest currently observable comets. Click on the name of the comet to get more details, including finder charts.

 Comets

Comet Brightness Date of last reported observation Angular separation from Sun Altitude Azimuth Constellation

 

Warning!
Never attempt to observe objects close to the sun without taking the proper precautions. In particular, never point optical instruments near the sun and look through them, or you risk permanent eye damage or blindness.

 
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OBSERVATION LOG (COMING SOON)
 
 Minor Planet Center
 
Hazardous Asteroids (PHAs) are space rocks larger than approximately 100m that can come closer to Earth than 0.05 AU. None of the known PHAs is on a collision course with our planet, although astronomers are finding new ones all the time.
 
 
 
 
Asteroids

This table shows the brightest currently observable asteroids.

Asteroids

Asteroid Brightness Altitude Constellation
1 Ceres 8.1 -67.3° Cetus
4 Vesta 8.3 7.9° Gemini
18 Melpomene 8.6 -65.9° Cetus
2 Pallas 9.4 -30.5° Equuleus
11 Parthenope 9.4 -82.2° Cetus
349 Dembowska 10.1 -33.2° Capricornus
67 Asia 10.3 -61.5° Pisces
19 Fortuna 10.5 -28.8° Capricornus
15 Eunomia 10.6 30.5° Cancer
532 Herculina 10.7 -46.9° Piscis Austrinus
92 Undina 10.8 -80.8° Cetus
85 Io 10.8 -26.1° Aquarius
185 Eunike 10.8 -62.5° Aquarius
20 Massalia 10.8 -20.0° Capricornus
8 Flora 10.9 20.6° Ophiuchus
79 Eurynome 10.9 -52.1° Aries
7 Iris 10.9 31.8° Ophiuchus

 

Star Charts Available @  www.heavens-above.com

 

Warning!
Never attempt to observe objects close to the sun without taking the proper precautions. In particular, never point optical instruments near the sun and look through them, or you risk permanent eye damage or blindness. 

Star Charts Available @  www.heavens-above.com

 
Data Tables Developed by Chris Peat, Heavens-Above @ www.heavens-above.com Retrieved July 2014 maintained here by K. Walker Visit Heavens-Above Register your location.
www.heavens-above.com 

Star Charts Available @  www.heavens-above.com

Click on Colored Text Links Below

Online Sky Maps and More                Sky Calendar & moon Phases 

      Brightest Satellites
          This page tracks the 100 brightest satellites and gives their NASA two line elements (TLE).

 

 

 


Iridium Satellites
Iridium bills itself as the worlds first handheld global satellite telephone and paging network. The satellites that were put into orbit for this network can be tracked using the TLEs found on this page. More Iridium info.

 

 


Other Satellites
A good collection of weather, navigation, military, and communications satellite elements from the Celestrack website.

 

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