Observed Passes of Satellites, Rocket Bodies (etc.) in 2019

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Christopher K.
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Observed Passes of Satellites, Rocket Bodies (etc.) in 2019

Post by Christopher K. » February 8th, 2019, 4:24 pm

The first of three Edge of Night twilight viewing sessions take place the Friday before the change from Standard Time to the questionably-helpful Daylight time. That will be Friday 8 March from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. Below is the planned schedule...
6:08pm = “civil twilight” begins (search for crepuscular rays)
6:33pm = “civil twilight” ends; “nautical twilight” begins
7:01pm = "nautical twilight" ends; "astronomical twilight" begins
7:28pm = "astronomical twilight" ends
The event has no admission fee and is for all ages. HRPO personnel encourage patrons to bring binoculars.

Definitions of the various twilights:
http://aa.usno.navy.mil/faq/docs/RST_defs.php

Christopher K.
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Joined: October 12th, 2009, 3:28 pm
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Re: Observed Passes of Satellites, Rocket Bodies (etc.) in 2019

Post by Christopher K. » February 13th, 2019, 11:02 am

PREDICTED FLARE
Iridium 97
Date: Friday 15 February
Time: 6:40pm CST
Altitude: 55˚
Azimuth: NNE


I won't write much more, but I will attempt to post any remaining predicted Iridium Flares brighter than magnitude -1.5. Anyone interested in spotting them should always go directly to Heavens Above to generate a more accurate sets of parameters based on location...
https://www.heavens-above.com/main.aspx

I won't post predictions more than seventy-two hours out.

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