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Old 21-05-2009, 09:01 PM
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HST and STS-125 double pass over Brisbane, 21May09

Hi all,

After 322 mm rain in about 52 hrs here, we had a bit of clear sky today. This coincided with a great double pass of the now-repaired Hubble Space Telescope, followed about 24 minutes later by its repairers on board the Space Shuttle Atlantis (STS-125)! I managed to capture both of them this evening rising in the region of Canis Major, using my K100D and 70-300mm lens set on 70mm. First time I've seen the shuttle unattached to the ISS, so that was a bit of a buzz .

Anyway, here is an image showing both of them. Thanks for looking!

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Stephen
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Old 21-05-2009, 09:14 PM
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Good work to capture all three Stephen. Can't wait to see how the "new" Hubble performs.

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Now who wants this photographic challenge? Atlantis should occult the HST in about 8 hours time. It is 5000 nautical miles behind, but orbiting faster. It will pass between the Earth and HST with about 100 nautical miles separation.
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Shuttle lands Friday night around 1am AUS EST, de-orbit burn is usually about an hour before. But because they are at 28 degrees, I don't know on the delay.
They will probably pass right over Brisbane again, whilst doing the descent.

I have figured now, the only way to capture a re-entry, a few hours after sunlight, is with a thermal camera.
Shuttle goes into shadows of the Earth.

Eric, do you know what the time limit is to see a satellite or ISS/Shuttle before it goes into shadows of the Earth?
Depending on height and all ETC ETC..
But I'm gauging on about approx 2 hours after sunset?
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Good work to capture all three Stephen. Can't wait to see how the "new" Hubble performs.

Peter
Thanks Peter. Yes, the new WFPC3 etc should be great!

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Now who wants this photographic challenge? Atlantis should occult the HST in about 8 hours time. It is 5000 nautical miles behind, but orbiting faster. It will pass between the Earth and HST with about 100 nautical miles separation.
Hey, that would be a great thing to capture, Eric! I'll have to keep an eye on SpaceWeather and see if anyone there got something similar.

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Shuttle lands Friday night around 1am AUS EST, de-orbit burn is usually about an hour before. But because they are at 28 degrees, I don't know on the delay.
They will probably pass right over Brisbane again, whilst doing the descent.

I have figured now, the only way to capture a re-entry, a few hours after sunlight, is with a thermal camera.
Shuttle goes into shadows of the Earth.

Eric, do you know what the time limit is to see a satellite or ISS/Shuttle before it goes into shadows of the Earth?
Depending on height and all ETC ETC..
But I'm gauging on about approx 2 hours after sunset?
It sounds like the weather might delay the landing a few hours, so we may yet get to see the descent... Will have to wait and see.

Cheers,
Stephen
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