BAA electronic bulletin
Juno flyby tonight
The Juno spacecraft, en route to Jupiter, will be performing a
slingshot flyby of Earth tonight, Oct.9/10, and will be well
positioned for observation from Europe on its outbound trajectory.
Juno passes closest approach in shadow at an altitude of only 558 km
over the southern tip of Africa at 19:21 UT, then it leaves eclipse at
19:39 UT, and will be in view from Europe and Asia as it departs. It
will be faint and rapidly moving, fading from possibly mag.10 around
20h UT to mag.>13 after midnight as it recedes. However, expert
observers may be able to locate it. Go to Heavens Above
(http://www.heavens-above.com/) for customized predictions, or to JPL
HORIZONS (http://ssd.jpl.nasa.gov/?horizons) for an ephemeris.
Preston Dyches of the Juno outreach team says: "We are interested in
receiving any images or video to potentially share via Juno's web and
social media (when the US gov't shutdown ends, of course)." Folks may
email images to: email@example.com.
John H. Rogers, Ph.D.
Jupiter Section Director,
British Astronomical Association.
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Good Clear Skies
Colin James Watling
Various Voluntary work-Litter Picking for Parish Council (Daytime) and
also a friend of Kessingland Beach (Watchman)
Lyra Website: https://sites.google.com/site/lyrasociety/
Real Astronomer and head of the Comet section for LYRA (Lowestoft and
Great Yarmouth Regional Astronomers) also head of K.A.G (Kessingland
Astronomy Group) and Navigator (Astrogator) of the Stars (Fieldwork)