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.

Continue reading

Image | Posted on by | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment

SpaceX Falcon 9 Launch From CA

Images credit & copyright: NASA & SpaceX.

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.

Continue reading

Image | Posted on by | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

SpaceX Falcon 9 Launch From Kennedy Space Center Thursday

Images credit & copyright: NASA & SpaceX.

LAUNCH ALERT! Thursday, November 15, 2018 at 15:46 EST (20:46 UTC & 12:46 PST) a previously flown SpaceX Falcon 9 Block 5 (core B1047.2) will be launching from Kennedy Space Center, Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) carrying the Es’hail 2 communication satellite into a geostationary transfer orbit (GTO).

Stats: This will be SpaceX’s 18th launch of 2018 and the 69th SpaceX flight overall (5 Falcon 1, 63 Falcon 9, 1 Falcon Heavy). Mission parameters will allow for a landing on SpaceX’s East Coast Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship (ASDS) “Of Course I Still Love You (OCISLY)” which will bring to total successful landings to 31; 19 on drone ships and 12 on land.

Continue reading

Image | Posted on by | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Space Station Resupply Launch from VA Coming Up

Images credit & copyright: NASA & Northrop Grumman.

LAUNCH ALERT: Friday, November 16, 2018 at 04:23 EST (09:23 UTC & 01:23 PST) a Northrop Grumman Antares 230 rocket will be launching from Launch Pad 0A (LP-0A) at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) on the South end of NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility (WFF), Virginia, carrying the Cygnus cargo ship (S.S. John Young) as part of Northrop Grumman 10 (NG-10) to resupply the International Space Station (ISS). Launch window for this mission will be open for 5 minutes.

Continue reading

Image | Posted on by | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

India to Launch GSAT 29 on Their Heavy Lift GSLV-MK3

Images credit & copyright: Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO).

LAUNCH ALERT! Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at TBD UTC (TBD EST), the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) will be launching the massive Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) MK.3 (designated GSLV Mk.3-D2), carrying the GSAT-29 experimental communication satellite from the Satish Dhawan Space Center, Sriharikota, India.

This will be the 3rd flight of the GSLV MK.3 rocket and its 2nd orbital flight.

Continue reading

Image | Posted on by | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Galactic Sunflower

Image credit: NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope.

Located 27 million light years away in the constellation of Canes Venatici (the hunting dogs) is this beautiful spiral galaxy cataloged as Messier 63, the “Sunflower Galaxy.” In this close up view of the main body we can see the telltale signs of star formation in the form of young blue and white stars and clusters of stars mixed with a dark web of star forming material. Have a great weekend everyone.

Name: Messier 63, NGC 5055, Sunflower Galaxy

What is it?: Spiral Galaxy

How big is it?: Roughly 100,000 light years in diameter

How far away is it?: About 27 million light years

Apparent magnitude: 9.3 or +9.3

Discovery: Pierre Mechain on June 14, 1779 and added to the Messier catalog later.

Where is it (General)?: Constellation Canes Vanatici (the hunting dogs)

Where is it (Exact RA/Dec J2000)?: 13h 15m 49.3s / +42° 01′ 45″

https://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/2017/messier-63-the-sunflower-galaxy

Image | Posted on by | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Uintas Mountains Milky Way

Image credit & copyright: Tracy Lee.

Happy Sunday everyone! It may be the beginning of the end for this weekend but this image from Tracy Lee should help make your transition into the week a little more pleasant. Shot in the Uinta Mountains area, about 100 miles East of Salt Lake City, Utah, this image is a perfect use of foreground, colors and of course, our home star city; the Milky Way Galaxy.

As Milky Way season has passed for those of us here in the Northern Hemisphere, shots like this have become impossible but that doesn’t mean that the adventure has to. The cold season has much to offer as you can still get out and focus on imaging startrails, constellations, deep sky objects etc but for me, most of the adventure lies in just being out all night. One of my favorite ways to pass the time is to head out and scope some new locations. Usually by spring I’ll have a small catalog of new areas I want to shoot from during the various Milky Way positions through the year. Hey, even get out and shoot some stuff in the daytime….imagine that!

To the night sky imagers out there, what are your favorite winter activities while you wait for orbit to bring us back around?

Website: http://tracylee.org/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tracyleephotos

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tracyleephotos/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/tracyleephotos

Image | Posted on by | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment