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Capturing Starman from 1 million miles away: Comments

mark (Contact, Page), February 15th, 2018, 14:15

this is incredible ... mars here we come

sumit bisht (Contact, Page), February 15th, 2018, 21:10

this is so unreal... kudos mate.

matej (Contact, Page), February 16th, 2018, 2:58


Howard Russell (Contact, Page), February 16th, 2018, 18:56

It's difficult to tell, definitively, but there seems to be periodic brightening of the image, suggesting the roadster starman is rotating. Hope he doesn't get road-sick, lol!

Fernando Lopez Jr. (Contact, Page), February 18th, 2018, 22:45

do you know about stellarium(stellarium[dot]org)? maybe you can draw points of starman coordinates as it moves. It would be really cool for us with out adv optic gear to follow it.

Alan (Contact, Page), February 18th, 2018, 22:47

Just to be clear - the app TheSky6 is where you corrected the ephemeris? Or you used some other app, and loaded the results?

I'm trying to sort out where the correction was applied, and how you knew which area of sky was the "right" one to search.

Rogelio Bernal Andreo (Contact, Page), February 19th, 2018, 9:53

Alan, I'm not sure I understand your question. I went to the JPL web site and calculated the coordinates for Feb 9 and 10 WITHOUT entering my observing coordinates. I then slew my scope (using TheSky6) to the coordinates in the ephemeris and saw nothing. My FOV is pretty large so luckily, the spacecraft was still within my FOV, but about 1/2 degree south, give or take. So I didn't apply any correction. Of course, if you go to the JPL web site, enter my coordinates and generate the ephemeris, then they match.

Matthew McClosky (Contact, Page), February 20th, 2018, 10:27

What's another piece of space junk in orbit worth? On earth this is called littering. Great Marketing Stunt Elon. Now would you please deliver my "Model 3" I ordered 2 years ago.

Bryan Draughn (Contact, Page), February 21st, 2018, 2:29

I commend you on your dedication. My father worked night shifts in 1978 to buy me a 4" Jason Empire refractor. I caught a planetary conjunction the first night. I was hooked on astronomy already but PHYSICS and cosmology soon followed. We can inspire the kids with this kind of news! Thank you!

Peter Giblin (Contact, Page), March 1st, 2018, 11:52

The Starman launch and now this
Jaw-droppingly fantastic.

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