Edge-On Galaxy NGC 4452

Image credit: NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope.

60 million light years away in the constellation Virgo is this beautiful example of an edge-on spiral galaxy. NGC 4452 as its cataloged is roughly 35,000 light years in diameter which isn’t even half the size of our home star city, the Milky Way, and can be a pretty tough spot at an apparent magnitude of only 12.4.

One of the ways the astronomers glean new information as to the birth, evolution and composition of the universe is by sheer volume. We see stars and galaxies in every stage of their lives and from every angle. The result is an impressive body of knowledge that we can move into the future to help make even more discoveries.

Name: NGC 4452

What is it?: Edge-on spiral galaxy

How far away is it?: 60 million light years

How big is it?: Roughly 35,000 light years in diameter

Apparent magnitude: 12.4

Where is it (general)?: Constellation Virgo

Where is it (exact RA/Dec J2000)?: RA 12h 28.7m 00s / Dec +11° 45′ 00″

ESA Hubble Space Telescope page for this image: https://www.spacetelescope.org/images/potw1029a/

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ULA Delta IV Heavy NROL-71 from CA

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Launch Alert!!! Tuesday, December 18, 2018 at 17:57 PST/20:57 EST (00:57 UTC on the 19th) the United Launch Alliance (ULA) will be launching the beautiful Delta IV Heavy from Vandenberg Air Force Base’s Space Launch Complex 6 (SLC-6 or “Slick” 6) to deliver a classified spy satellite for the United States National Reconnaissance Office (NRO). Note: This will be the 11th launch of the Delta IV Heavy.

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Ariane 5 GSAT 11 & GEO-Kompsat 2A Launch

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Launch Alert! Wednesday, December 4, 2018 at 20:37 UTC (15:37 EST) Arianespace will launch their massive Ariane 5 ECA rocket, designated VA246 carrying the GSAT 11 communication satellite & GEO-Kompsat 2A weather satellite from Launch Site, Ensemble de Lancement Ariane-3 (ELA-3) at the Arianespace Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.

This will be Arianespace’s 8th launch of 2018, the 102nd launch of the Ariane 5 and its 6th launch of 2018.

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SpaceX CRS-16 ISS Resupply from Cape Canaveral

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LAUNCH ALERT! Wednesday, December 5, 2018 at 13:16 EST (18:16 UTC) SpaceX Falcon 9 (core 1050.1) will be launching from Cape Canaveral’s Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) as part of Commercial Resupply Service 16 (CRS-16 or SPX-16) to resupply the International Space Station (ISS). Dragon (C112.2 & D1-18) will be captured and berthed to the nadir (Earth facing) side of Station’s Harmony module (Node-2) where it will remain for approximately one month before returning to Earth. Also as SpaceX had reused Dragon capsules, they’ve been adding blue sortie stickers to designate past missions so keep an eye out for this one when it’s berthed to Station. The Dragon image that I’ve shown below displays one of these stickers so have a look.

Stats: This will be SpaceX’s 20th launch of 2018 and the 71st SpaceX flight overall (5 Falcon 1, 65 Falcon 9, 1 Falcon Heavy). The parameters of this mission will allow for a Return to Launch Site (RTLS) booster landing at SpaceX’s Landing Zone 1 (LZ-1) (former LC-13) at Cape Canaveral. This will bring to total successful landings to 33; 20 on drone ships and 13 on land.

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Expedition 58 Crew Ready for Flight

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Launch Alert! Monday, December 3, 2018 at 06:31 EST (11:31 UTC) a Soyuz-FG rocket; MS-11 (ISS 57S or Soyuz 59) will lift off from Launch Pad 1/Launcher 5 (LC 1/5) at the legendary Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The Soyuz spacecraft will carry three crew members of Expedition 58/59 on a four-orbit, six-hour “fast track” trip to the International Space Station (ISS). This will be the 11th flight of the upgraded MS Soyuz which replaced the TMA version and the first flight since the failed launch of MS-10.

Soyuz MS-11 will dock to the nadir, (Earth facing) port of the Russian Mini Research Module-2 (MRM-2) Poisk “Search” module where it will remain there for approximately 6 months as a crew escape vehicle should they need it and ultimately a return vehicle.

Want to see the ISS overhead? Here’s everything you need! https://danspace77.com/iss-tracking/

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India’s PSLV-C43 Mission

Image credit & copyright: India Space Research Organization (ISRO). Live streaming links and information at the bottom of the post.

LAUNCH ALERT! LAUNCH ALERT! Wednesday, November 28, 2018 at 23:00 EST (04:00 UTC on the 19th), the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) will be launching a Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) in its “XL” configuration, designated “PSLV-C43” carrying the Hyperspectral Imaging Satellite, (HySIS) from the First Launch Pad (FLP), at the Satish Dhawan Space Center, Sriharikota, India.

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SpaceX Falcon 9 Launch From CA

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LAUNCH ALERT! Monday, December 3, 2018 at 10:31 PST, 13:31 EST (18:31 UTC) a twice flown SpaceX Falcon 9 Block 5 (core B1046.3) will be launching from Vandenberg Air Force Base’s, Space Launch Complex 4 East (SLC-4E or “Slick”-4E) carrying the Spaceflight SSO-A collection of satellites.

Stats: This will be SpaceX’s 19th launch of 2018 and the 70th SpaceX flight overall (5 Falcon 1, 64 Falcon 9, 1 Falcon Heavy). The parameters of this mission will allow for a first stage landing on SpaceX’s West Coast Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ships (ASDS) Just Read The Instructions (JTRI). This will bring to total successful landings to 32; 20 on drone ships and 12 on land.

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