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Venus, Moon, ..... and spaceships!

Venus, Moon, ..... and spaceships!

With the space shuttle program scheduled to be discontinued there will only be a few more chances in our lifetime to see anything like this!  Saturday and Sunday just a little while after sunset take a look to the west. Weather permitting you should have a spectacular view of  a crescent moon with a very bright planet Venus just above it.  

But wait there's more!....

If you know when to look you will also be able to see a "double flyover" of the space station and the space shuttle.  Saturday night willbe a little better I think since the shuttle and station will be clearly to seperate bright lights flying past the moon and Venus!  As you are facing the west in awe of the planets,stars, and moon the spacecrafts will be approching from your right (north).  If you are here in the Atlanta area it's Saturday night at 9:35 and Sunday at 10p.m.

Read the enire story below and follow the links to find the showtime for your area!

Enjoy!

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May 13, 2010: This weekend, Venus and the crescent Moon are gathering in the western sky for a spectacular conjunction, and they're not alone. The International Space Station and, very likely, space shuttle Atlantis will join them for a rare four-way meeting of spaceships and planets over many locations.

         Venus Monn conjunction
A Venus-Moon conjunction over the Alps of Austria in 2008. Photo credit: Tamas Ladanyi. [more]

The show begins at sunset when Venus and the Moon emerge from the twilight in close proximity to one another. The Moon will be exquisitely slender, a 5% crescent on Saturday, May 15th (sky map), and a slightly fatter 10% crescent on Sunday, May 16th (sky map). Between the horns of the crescent, a ghostly image of the full Moon can be seen. That's "Earthshine"—the light of our own planet reflected back toward us by the Moon's dark terrain. In conjunction with Venus, a crescent Moon with Earthshine is regarded as one of the most beautiful sights in the heavens.

Into this tableau of surpassing beauty comes a spaceship--and maybe two!

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Comment balloon 3 commentsBob Southard • May 14 2010 09:23AM

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Bob:  It appears that you really know your "star gazing."  I am wondering, being in Fort Worth, and also not being all that far from Georgia... that perhaps this will be visible here as well ?

By the way... I think that discontinuing the shuttle flights... regardless of how much money they save in the national budget... is a mistake.  Having to "hitch a ride" on Russian rockets from now on... is much too embarrassing to face.  Just my two cents...

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) over 8 years ago

Awww, to think that Saturday night we will be staring up at the same big sky, right here in Powder Springs, gives me goose bumps!

Thanks for the heads up, my husband loves this stuff!

Posted by Jenna Dixon, Empowers You With a Better Real Estate Experience (DRA Homes | Cobb County Real Estate ) over 8 years ago

Karen,

http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/realdata/sightings/index.html will take you to the flyover times for your area.

 

It looks like on Saturday you can see the ISS but no shuttle.  On Sunday you can see both.

 

Jenna,

I thnk I'm actually going to be in Marietta for a frineds birthday party on Saturday night.  But at 9:35 I'll be out on the front porch looking.  thanks

I've seen a double flyover before.  Amazing

 

Posted by Bob Southard, e-Pro - Cobb, Cherokee, North Fulton (Atlas Realty Service, LLC) over 8 years ago

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