Skynet 10-14-17 NASA Center: JPL – The Explorer Missions & Constellation Triangulum 9PM CT

ranger6-9SKYNET!!!!  9PM CT – 10:30PM CT

Saturday’s Topic: “NASA Centers: JPL – The Explorer Missions”  and “Tour of the Constellation Triangulum”

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Afterglow Movie 10:30PM:

“Fahrenheit 451” (1966)

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Saturday’s DARC SkyNet is at 9PM CT.

Discussion topic of the evening.

NASA’s Research Centers: JPL –  The Explorer Missions


A model of Explorer 1, held by JPL’s Director William Pickering, scientist James Van Allen and rocket pioneer Wernher von Braun (from left to right):

Exploded view of Explorer 1:

Explorer 1 spacecraft:

Prepping Explorer 1:

Explorer 1 launch:

Explorer 1 main characteristics:


What can you see in the sky over the next couple of weeks?

East, Before Dawn

Occultation Map

A featured constellation or object(s) or topic.

Constellation Triangulum

Skymap Constellation Triangulum

Photo #1 Triangulum Galaxy (M33)

Photo #2 H II Region Galaxy (NGC 604)

Photo #3 Spiral Galaxy (NGC 634)

Photo #4 Galaxy Group (NGC 672 & IC 1727)

Photo #5 Barred Spiral Galaxy (NGC 784)

Concorde and Moon

Recent Astronomical discoveries

Star Dust Helps Explain Mysterious Dimming Star

The Moon Once Had an Atmosphere

Space Exploration and Space History

Reconstructing Cassini’s plunge into Saturn

Cassini signal animation:

Visible satellite passages over the next couple of days.


Oct. 16th

Tiangong 1

Oct. 17th

Tiangong 2

Oct. 19th

Oct. 20th

North Korean Satellite

Oct. 15th

Oct. 19th