Skynet 3-27-21 “Catch the Green Flash!” & Constellations: “Lynx, the Wild Cat” & “Cancer, the Crab” 9PM CT

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“Catching the Green Flash!”

The Green Flash and the Setting Sun

Sunlight Refraction

Sunlight Refraction and Prism Comparision

Progressive Photos: The Green Flash!

Distorted Sunset

Sunset Mirage

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Space Exploration and Space History 

Space Exploration News

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Space-Related Birthdays

March 22, 1951: Musa Khiramanovich Manarov

March 22, 1964: Nicholas James MacDonald Patrick

March 23, 1912: Wernher von Braun

March 24, 1951: Kenneth Stanley Jr

March 24, 1957: Dr. Scott Jay Horowitz (No – not THAT Horowitz on Big Bang)

March 25, 1928: Jim Lovell

American test pilot astronaut 1962-1973. Member of first crew to rendezvous in space, and first to orbit the moon. Altitude (401,056 km) record. 4 spaceflights, 29.8 days in space. Flew to orbit on Gemini 7 (1965), Gemini 12, Apollo 8, Apollo 13..

March 26, 1962 Yuri Pavlovich Gidzenko

This Week in Space History

March 21st – March 27th

March 21

1965: Ranger 9 Launched From Cape Canaveral

March 22

1981: Launch of Soyuz 39 to the Salyut Space station.

1982: Launch of STS-3

March 23

1965: Launch of Gemini 3

2001: Mir Deorbited

March 24

1992: Launch of STS-45

March 25

2014: Launch of Soyuz TMA-12M

March 26

1958: US Army Launches Explorer 3 Satellite

2009: Launch of Soyuz TMA-14

March 27

1989: Photos 2 Mission to Mars Moon Ends in Failure

1963: Cosmonauts Arrested for Drunk and Disorderly Conduct

Miss Carolyn’s Constellation of the Week

Constellations: “Lynx, the Wild Cat” & “Cancer, the Crab” 

Space Launches For This Week

Space Coast Launches

Space Flight Now Launch Schedule

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March 24

Falcon 9 • Starlink V1.0-L22

Launch time: 0828 GMT (4:28 a.m. EDT)

Launch site: SLC-40, Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Florida

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the 23rd batch of approximately 60 satellites for SpaceX’s Starlink broadband network, a mission designated Starlink V1.0-L22. Delayed from March 21 and March 22. [March 23]

March 24/25

Soyuz • OneWeb 5

Launch time: 0247 GMT on 25th (10:47 p.m. EDT on 24th)

Launch site: Vostochny Cosmodrome, Russia

A Russian Soyuz rocket will launch 36 satellites into orbit for OneWeb, which is developing a constellation of hundreds of satellites in low Earth orbit for low-latency broadband communications. The Soyuz-2.1b rocket will use a Fregat upper stage. Delayed from Feb. 25. [March 18]

March 28


Launch time: TBD

Launch site: Satish Dhawan Space Center, Sriharikota, India

India’s Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mk. 2 (GSLV Mk.2), designated GSLV-F10, will launch India’s first GEO Imaging Satellite, or GISAT 1. The GISAT 1 spacecraft will provide continuous remote sensing observations over the Indian subcontinent from geostationary orbit more than 22,000 miles (nearly 36,000 kilometers) above Earth. Delayed from Jan. 15, February and March 5, 2020. [March 9]

April 9

Soyuz • ISS 64S

Launch time: 0742 GMT (3:42 a.m. EDT)

Launch site: Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

A Russian government Soyuz rocket will launch the crewed Soyuz MS-18 spacecraft to the International Space Station with members of the next Expedition crew. The capsule will remain at the station for about six months, providing an escape pod for the residents. The rocket will fly in the Soyuz-2.1a configuration. [March 9]


SSLV • Demonstration Launch

Launch time: TBD

Launch site: Satish Dhawan Space Center, Sriharikota, India

India’s Small Satellite Launch Vehicle (SSLV) will launch on its first orbital test flight. Consisting of three solid-fueled stages and a liquid-fueled upper stage, the SSLV is a new Indian launch vehicle designed to carry small satellites into low Earth orbit. Delayed from September and December 2019. Delayed from January and December 2020. [March 9]

April 19/20

Vega • Pléiades Neo 1

Launch time: 0150 GMT on 20th (9:50 p.m. EDT on 19th)

Launch site: ZLV, Kourou, French Guiana

An Arianespace Vega rocket, designated VV18, will launch the Pléiades Neo 1 Earth observation satellite for Airbus. Pléiades-Neo 1 is the first of four Pléiades-Neo high-resolution Earth observation satellites built, owned, and operated by Airbus. The Vega rocket will also launch multiple rideshare payloads. Delayed from February after VV17 launch failure. Delayed from late March. [March 9]

April 22

Falcon 9 • Crew 2

Launch time: 1011 GMT (6:11 a.m. EDT)

Launch site: LC-39A, Kennedy Space Center, Florida

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch a Crew Dragon spacecraft on its second operational flight with astronauts on-board to the International Space Station. NASA astronauts Shane Kimbrough, Megan McArthur, Japanese astronaut Akihiko Hoshide, and European Space Agency astronaut Thomas Pesquet will launch on the Crew Dragon spacecraft. The Crew Dragon will return to a splashdown at sea. Delayed from March 30 and April 20. [March 5]


Long March 5B • Tianhe 1

Launch time: TBD

Launch site: Wenchang, China

A Chinese Long March 5B will launch Tianhe 1, the core module for a Chinese space station low Earth orbit. [Feb. 23]


Delta 4-Heavy • NROL-82

Launch time: TBD

Launch site: SLC-6, Vandenberg Air Force Base, California

A United Launch Alliance Delta 4-Heavy rocket will launch a classified spy satellite cargo for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office. The largest of the Delta 4 family, the Heavy version features three Common Booster Cores mounted together to form a triple-body rocket. Delayed from September. [March 9]


Electron • STP-27RM

Launch time: TBD

Launch site: Launch Complex 2, Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport, Wallops Island, Virginia

A Rocket Lab Electron rocket will launch on its first mission from a new launch pad at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at Wallops Island, Virginia. The launch customer is the U.S. Air Force, and the mission will launch an experimental mission for the Space Test Program called Monolith with a space weather instrument. The Monolith mission will demonstrate the ability of a small satellite to support large aperture payloads. Delayed from 2nd Quarter of 2019. Delayed from August 2020 and September 2020. Delayed from 4th Quarter of 2020. [Nov. 27]

Recent Astronomical Discoveries

Visible satellite passages over the next couple of days.

You can use the website to find out what’s in orbit and

where to look during fly-overs

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