Skynet 4-14-18 Tracking Apollo 8 by Telescope & Constellation Leo Minor 9PM CT

a8_saomauiSKYNET!!!! 9PM CT – 10:30PM CT

Saturday’s Topic: “Tracking Apollo 8 by Telescope” and “Tour of the Constellation Leo Minor”

Net Control: Tom KE5ICX

Afterglow Movie 10:30PM: WarGames (1983)

2-Meter Repeater W5FC: 146.880MHz, PL 110.9, –

Echolink: W5FC-R, node 37247.


Saturday’s DARC SkyNet is at 9PM CT.

Discussion topic of the evening.

Tracking Apollo 8 by Telescope!

By Bill Keel

Translunar Injection (TLI) Burn

Apollo 8 S-IVB Fuel Dump

S-IVB Panel Deflections

Reports of Apollo 8 sightings came from Pic du Midi Observatory (in the French Pyrenees); the Catalina Station of the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory (University of Arizona); Corralitos Observatory, New Mexico, then operated by Northwestern University; McDonald Observatory of the University of Texas; Lick Observatory of the University of California; the U.S. Naval Observatory station at Flagstaff, Arizona; and JPL’s Table Mountain Observatory in California.

Apollo 8 Corralitos Observatory

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

Spica, Looking South

Northeast to Southeast, Nightfall

A featured constellation or object(s) or topic.

Constellation Leo Minor

Photo #1 Hanny’s Voorwerp

Photo #2 Spiral Galaxy (NGC 3432)

Photo #3 Barred Spiral Galaxy (NGC 3344)

Photo #4 Barred Spiral Galaxy (NGC 3486)

Leo Minor

Recent Astronomical discoveries

Outback Radio Telescope Listens in on Interstellar Visitor

Tiny Distortions in Universe’s Oldest Light Reveal Stands in Cosmic Web

Space Exploration and Space History

Parker Solar Probe

Parker Solar Probe Artist rendering:

Parker Solar Probe trajectory:

Parker Solar Probe: Anti-Ram Facing View:

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Saturday’s DARC SkyNet is at 9PM CT.