Monday, August 2, 2021

BOEING STARLINER SET FOR LIFTOFF TO ISS ON TUESDAY 8/3/21

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A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket with Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner spacecraft onboard is seen on the launch pad at Space Launch Complex 41.

                                                            Credits: NASA/Joel Kowsky

The delayed launch of Boeing's Starliner CST-100 uncrewed spacecraft is now set for Tuesday, August 3rd, 1:20 p.m. EDT.

As stated by NASA, "The spacecraft is scheduled to dock to the space station at 1:37 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 4. Launch and docking coverage will air live on NASA Television, the NASA app, and the agency’s website.

The spacecraft will carry more than 400 pounds of NASA cargo and crew supplies to the space station. It will return to Earth with more than 550 pounds of cargo, including the reusable Nitrogen Oxygen Recharge System tanks that provide breathable air to station crew members."

LIGHT THAT CANDLE!

Sky Guy in VA

Thursday, July 29, 2021

UPDATE UPDATE UPDATE BOEING STARLINER SET FOR LIFTOFF TO ISS ON FRIDAY

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BREAKING NEWS   UPDATE

TOMORROW'S LAUNCH HAS BEEN SCRUBBED DUE TO 

"Allowing the International Space Station team time to continue working checkouts of the newly arrived Roscosmos' Nauka module and to ensure the station will be ready for Starliner's arrival."

A new launch date will be announced soon.


Sky Guy in VA


The Boeing CST-100 Starliner spacecraft is secured atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket on July 17, 2021.

The Boeing CST-100 Starliner spacecraft is secured atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket at the Vertical Integration Facility at Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida on July 17, 2021. Starliner will launch on the Atlas V for Boeing’s second Orbital Flight Test (OFT-2) for NASA’s Commercial Crew Program. The spacecraft rolled out from Boeing’s Commercial Crew and Cargo Processing Facility at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center earlier in the day.
Credits: Boeing/John Grant


The second Orbital Flight Test (OFT-2) of Boeing's Starliner crew capsule is due for liftoff tomorrow at 2:53 p.m. EDT.  The uncrewed spacecraft will dock with the International Space Station (ISS) 24 hours after liftoff if all goes according to schedule.

If OFT-2 is a success NASA has indicated the first crewed mission of Starliner could happen later this year.

Here are details on how to watch and participate.

LIGHT THAT CANDLE!!

Sky Guy in VA


Friday, July 23, 2021

SKY GUY VIEWING ALERT!!!! FULL BUCK MOON FRIDAY

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FULL MOON

Greg Redfern

Tonight the Full Buck Moon occurs at 10:37 pm EDT. The NASA link will give more details on the Full Buck Moon and also provide an excellent preview of other upcoming sky events.

If your skies are affected by wildfire smoke you will want to see the Moonrise at sunset and during the night as it may display deep red or orange colors due to the smoke.

For others the Full Buck Moon may still show some color at Moonrise as July skies can have high humidity. The Moon will also have Saturn and bright Jupiter to its left to make a nice sky sight.

Enjoy!

Sky Guy in VA



Tuesday, July 20, 2021

HUBBLE OUT OF TROUBLE & BLUE ORIGIN'S BEZOS SOARS

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Snapshot of Interacting and Spiral Galaxies

[Left-panel] — ARP-MADORE2115-273 is a rare example of an interacting galaxy pair in the southern hemisphere. These Hubble observations provide Hubble's first high-resolution glimpse at this intriguing system, which is located 297 million light-years away. Astronomers had previously thought this was a "collisional ring" system due to the head-on merger of two galaxies. The new Hubble observatons show that the ongoing interaction between the galaxies is far more complex, leaving behind a rich network of stars and dusty gas.

[Right-panel] — ARP-MADORE0002-503 is a large spiral galaxy with unusual, extended spiral arms, at a distance of 490 million light-years. Its arms extend out to a radius of 163,000 light-years, making it three times more expansive than our Milky Way Galaxy. While most disk galaxies have an even number of spiral arms, this one has three.

Hubble Space Telescope (HST) is back in operation.....MORE DETAILS HERE

AND

Jeff Bezos soars in a rocket today.....

Sky Guy in VA


Monday, July 12, 2021

SKY GUY VIEWING ALERT MARS & VENUS 7-12 & 7-13 2021

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Credit: SkyandTelescope.org

Tonight and tomorrow night look to the West as soon as it starts to get dark. Bright Venus should be visible and less than a little finger width to its lower left will be dim Mars. The two planets are just about a half a degree apart.

The thin waxing Crescent Moon with Earthshine will add to the beauty of the sky scene and binoculars will be a great help in enjoying the view. 

Sky Guy in VA

Friday, July 9, 2021

JWST UPDATE

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ARTIST'S CONCEPT OF JWST FULLY DEPLOYED

CREDIT: NASA       

Here is a report from Space News about James Webb Space Telescope that indicates the launch date in all probability will slip into November 2021.

The article also indicates there is an investigation going on that might lead to a name change for the space telescope.

Stay tuned!

Sky Guy in VA