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going out with a bang

Postby petrolight » Fri Jul 28, 2006 12:56 pm

Hi guy's,
Don't know if you've seen this yet but SMART-1 is going to
end its life by crashing into the moon! Details found at link.
[url=http://spaceflightnow.com/news/n0607/24smart1/]http://spaceflightnow.com/news/n0607/24smart1/[/url]
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RE: going out with a bang

Postby s_hawkins » Thu Aug 17, 2006 5:06 pm

Cool [:D] Will it be visible to observe?
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RE: going out with a bang

Postby les » Fri Aug 18, 2006 1:06 pm

HI Sam,
I think Im right in saying that the crash may be visible with amatuar equipment but the Moon will be badly placed from Britain.[:@]
Regards Les
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RE: going out with a bang

Postby s_hawkins » Fri Aug 18, 2006 1:06 pm

[:@] Great!
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RE: going out with a bang

Postby albireo » Fri Aug 18, 2006 3:36 pm

THe website gives the time as 0541 GMT (1:41 a.m. EDT) on September 3 which means the sky will be quite bright. However it also says that "this time is only certain within seven hours". For me (GMT +2) the moon sets at 0h04m on the 3rd and rises again at 16h42m on the 3rd, so I have practically no chance.
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RE: going out with a bang

Postby jjdemery » Fri Aug 18, 2006 3:36 pm

It will probably be cloudy anyway! It always is when a 'one off' happens!

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RE: going out with a bang

Postby s_hawkins » Fri Aug 18, 2006 9:10 pm

[:@] True...Clouds ruined my shot for 2004/05/06 perseids! I've never seen the perseids before! [:(]

Clear Skies,
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RE: going out with a bang

Postby jjdemery » Sat Aug 19, 2006 9:56 am

According to Metcheck (If you believe them!) I will have 42% cloud cover then so maybe worth a look - fingers crossed!

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RE: going out with a bang

Postby s_hawkins » Sat Aug 19, 2006 1:00 pm

[quote]ORIGINAL: jjdemery

According to Metcheck (If you believe them!) I will have 42% cloud cover then so maybe worth a look - fingers crossed!

Jonathan
[/quote]

[:D] LOL! - I decided to check the weather for my location and it's 50-50.

50% cloud cover - Let's just hope that the clouds decide to take a day off. [;)]

Fingers crossed 'ere too
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RE: going out with a bang

Postby jjdemery » Sun Aug 20, 2006 12:40 am

Theres an excellent article about the impact and other previous impacts in the September issue of Astronomy Now.

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