Skynet 2-25-17 Soviet Space: The Luna and Zond Programs & Constellation Cancer 9PM CT


zond3SKYNET!!!! Feb-25-2017 9PM CT – 10:30PM CT

Saturday’s Topic: “Soviet Space: The Luna and Zond Programs” and “Tour of the Constellation Cancer the Crab”

Net Control: Billye KF5PDS
Afterglow Movie 10:30PM:
“Starship Troopers”

2-Meter Repeater W5FC: 146.880MHz, PL 110.9, –
Echolink: W5FC-R, node 37247.
Video Stream: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/skynet2
& Facebook “DARC Skynet Astronomy Net”
Audio Stream: http://pokeys.doomdns.com:8000
Yahoo Groups: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/skynet
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/groups/306498286059167/
Saturday’s DARC SkyNet is at 9PM CT.

Discussion topic of the evening.

Soviet Space: The Luna and Zond Programs

What can you see in the sky over the next couple of weeks?
Animated Eclipse
http://en.es-static.us/upl/2017/02/SE2017Feb26A.gif
Total, Annular, and Partial Eclipse
http://en.es-static.us/upl/2013/05/annular_eclipse_3001.jpg
A featured constellation or object(s) or topic.

Skymap – Constellation Cancer the Crab
https://scontent-dft4-2.xx.fbcdn.net/…/16864347_17884144011…

Photo #1 The Beehive Cluster Praesepe (M44/NGC 2632)
https://scontent-dft4-2.xx.fbcdn.net/…/16996430_17884144111…

Photo #2 Open Cluster (M67/NGC 2682)
https://scontent-dft4-2.xx.fbcdn.net/…/16996003_17884144145…

Photo #3 Unbarred Spiral Galaxy (NGC 2775)
https://scontent-dft4-2.xx.fbcdn.net/…/16939145_17884144445…

Recent Astronomical discoveries

Surprising Dunes on Comet Chury
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releas…/2017/…/170222082856.htm

Space Dust Particles Deploy Bubble Parachutes on their Fiery Descent, Scientists Discover
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releas…/2017/…/170223102026.htm

Space Exploration & Space History

Mission website: https://exoplanets.nasa.gov/trappist1
Eyes on Exoplanets (very cool web app to visit the TRAPPIST-1 system in 3D): http://eyes.nasa.gov/eyes-on-exoplanets.html
Planet diagram: https://exoplanets.nasa.gov/…/main_imag…/2981_t1d_system.jpg
Exoplanet Travel Bureau poster: https://exoplanets.nasa.gov/resources/2159/
Artist concept of standing on a TRAPPIST-1 planet: http://www.spitzer.caltech.edu/…/0…/9930/ssc2017-01c_Med.jpg
7 planets (artist rendering): http://www.spitzer.caltech.edu/…/00…/9916/ssc2017-01d_Sm.jpg
7 planet data: http://www.spitzer.caltech.edu/…/0…/9971/ssc2017-01f_Med.jpg
Solar system and TRAPPIST-1 system comparison: http://www.spitzer.caltech.edu/…/0…/0072/ssc2017-01g_Med.jpg

Visible satellite passages over the next couple of days.
ISS
http://www.heavens-above.com/PassSummary.aspx…

March 2nd
http://www.heavens-above.com/passdetails.aspx…

OTV 4
http://www.heavens-above.com/PassSummary.aspx…

Feb. 27th
http://www.heavens-above.com/passdetails.aspx…

North Korean Satellite
http://www.heavens-above.com/PassSummary.aspx…

Feb. 27th
http://www.heavens-above.com/passdetails.aspx…

March 3rd
http://www.heavens-above.com/passdetails.aspx…

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