Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Space Shuttle Discovery will fly over Algonquin Park TONIGHT

This just in...

From: Delta Grandview Resort's Echo Valley Observatory, Astronomer: Thomas Kovacs

This evening, the Space Shuttle Discovery, currently joined onto the ISS, will fly directly over Muskoka. This will be the best chance to witness this current mission.

To see this for yourself regardless of where you live in Muskoka, prepare yourself by facing south-west, roughly in the direction of the Sun, as it will have just set.
Low on the horizon also near the sunset you will see a very bright star, that is Venus.

  • 8:05pm: The ISS/Shuttle will pop above the horizon. At that point, it will be over 2,000kms distant.
  • 8:08pm: The Shuttle should be plainly visible quite high above the Sunset
  • 8:10pm: It will be almost directly above Muskoka. It will be about 360kms distant.
  • 8:13pm: It will be directly over Labrador when it will rapidly disappear as it enters the Earth Shadow.

The Space Shuttle Discovery will look similar to a star, and will be the brightest object in the sky aside from Venus, with a plainly visible motion roughly equal to a high airplane.

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