Spacenet Sunday

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AMAZING SATELLITE DISPLAY: On May 23rd, SpaceX launched 60 Starlink satellites onboard a single Falcon 9 rocket. It was the first step of a very ambitious plan to surround the planet and provide Internet service to every corner of the globe. Last night, sky watchers got a glimpse of the Starlink swarm. “It was one of the most spectacular things I have every seen,” reports Marco Langbroek, who made this video in Leiden, the Netherlands:

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“I could see the entire train of satellites with the unaided eye,” he says. “They were bright.”

Cees Bassa, who also video-recorded the train from the Netherlands, estimates that they were shining like 2nd or 3rd magnitude stars. “It was fantastic! I could see them even through thin clouds.”
Across the Atlantic Ocean in Wiscasset, Maine, US Air Force Lt. Col (ret) Mark Welborn saw them, too. “I was outside enjoying the night sky, soaking in the hot tub. At approximately 11:42 pm Eastern Daylight Time I witnessed the most remarkable phenomena I have ever seen in the night sky. It looked like a string of bright stars moving in a very straight line.”

We’ve received additional reports from Germany, Poland, Hungary, and Colorado. Stay tuned for updates.

@ SPACEWEATHER

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12 Responses to Spacenet Sunday

  1. Carol says:

    Went to the beer tent yesterday, I didn’t get to eat, just drank beer. Jill and Brian had eaten breakfast and weren’t hungry, so I didn’t order anything either. 😦 Had fun though, joined by two other couples and another friend and her high school daughter. We had lots of laughs.

    Finally tried to start up the pool filter this morning, something is wrong. It’s not working right, I’ll have to get Pete over here. He’s the one who cleaned it out last fall and hooked it up this spring. Something is not right, maybe the grids inside the filter that catch the dirt, etc., aren’t in their slots. Maybe there is a leaf jam that got into the intake tube while the filter wasn’t working and when I turned it on, it sucked the leaves in, blocking the tube. There not much pressure pushing water out, obstruction? Shoot.

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  2. Micki says:

    Vermont’s “favorite son” slogs on….

    Politics!

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  3. Micki says:

    By a WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY history professor…

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  4. Den says:

    Typical Midwest Holiday weekend here, cold, rainy, windy, generally YUK!

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  5. David B. Benson says:

    An actual bug! A flying magpie. Standard 28 minutes to the Old Post Office this cloudy day.

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  6. Micki says:

    Was reminiscing about Wiley Post and Will Rogers fatal plane crash in Point Barrow AK.

    Unforgiving territory up there.

    I’ve always loved Rogers’ witticisms — he could poke fun across the board but seldom annoy anyone:

    1) Never pass up a chance to keep your mouth shut.

    2) If you find yourself in a hole,
    quit digging.

    3) The quickest way to double your money
    is to fold it and put it back in your pocket.

    4) There are three kinds of men:
    The ones that learn by reading.
    The few who learn by observation.
    The rest of them have to touch an electric fence.

    5) Good judgment comes from experience,
    and a lot of that comes from bad judgment.

    6) If you’re riding’ ahead of the herd, take a look back every now and then
    to make sure it’s still there.

    7) Lettin’ the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier’n puttin’ it back in.

    8) There are two theories to arguing with women….neither work.

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