Here's a friendly reminder that this is the weekend for our moon and
planet sidewalk astronomy!
But first, there was a good (but low to the horizon) ISS/Shuttle
pass last night. at about 9:30 p.m.
The brighter Space Station led the way, followed several seconds
(and about 15 degrees away) by the fainter shuttle.
Anyway, look up the shuttle and ISS passes for tonight and the future
on this website http://www.heavens-above.com/
. Sorry I forgot to
mention it, but I figure those who enjoy these satellite passes are
already checking this website, especially when there is both a ISS
and a shuttle to see.
Tonight there is a good ISS pass at 9:44 p.m. (that's for Monrovia
and environs) - the space station will reach a maximum elevation of
69 degrees at 9:47 p.m. It's good to check the website shortly before
the viewing to see if anything changed. maybe the shuttle info will
have been updated (it still shows planned reentry of this morning,
which has changed).
Back to Earth - Friday night we'll be in Pasadena someplace on
Colorado Blvd between Fair Oaks and Pasadena Avenues from 7:30 to 10
p.m. Saturday, we'll be at Myrtle and Lime Streets in Monrovia about
the same times. We expect large crowds because of the warm weather.
Mojo and I attended both the Grand Canyon Star Party and the Bryce
Canyon Astronomy Festival last week, and conducted our own small star
party in the Kaibab National Forest in-between the two bigger events.
Here's our pictures for those who like vacation pictures.
Jane Houston Jones
Senior Outreach Specialist, Cassini Program
JPL - 4800 Oak Grove Drive, MS 230-205
Pasadena, CA 91109 818-393-6435
Cassini SOC http://soc.jpl.nasa.gov/index.cfm
What's Up? http://education.jpl.nasa.gov/amateurastronomy/index.html