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 Post subject: Tesla's Starman
PostPosted: Sat Feb 10, 2018 2:36 pm 
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Amateur astronomers photograph Tesla Roadster in space

http://www.southgatearc.org/news/2018/f ... -space.htm

Ganked from SpaceWeather.com since they don't have articles that remain on-site.

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STARMAN, 1 MILLION KILOMETERS AWAY: On Feb. 10, 2018, Enrico Pettarin of Farra dIsonzo, Italy, photographed Elon Musk's cherry red Tesla Roadster more than 1 million km from Earth "It was very faint," says Pettarin, "shining in reflected sunlight like a 17th magnitude star, but I was able to photograph it using my 0.4-meter telescope."

Launched on Feb. 6, 2018, by a Falcon Heavy Rocket at Cape Canaveral, the Roadster is traveling around the sun on an elliptical orbit that will take it beyond the orbit of Mars. Every day it is getting farther from Earth.

Other amateur astronomers around the world have also been photographing the distant electric car, piloted by a space-suited mannequin named "Starman." At the moment, Pettarin holds the distance record. But stay tuned, because records are meant to be broken!


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 Post subject: Re: Tesla's Starman
PostPosted: Sat Feb 10, 2018 7:58 pm 
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Spaceweather does archive their pages. The archive tool, where you enter the desired date, is towards the upper-right of the home page. It generates permalinks like these...

http://spaceweather.com/archive.php?view=1&day=09&month=02&year=2018

http://spaceweather.com/archive.php?view=1&day=10&month=02&year=2018

The link on the Southgate Amateur Radio News page just goes back to the Spaceweather home, which will be different in a day or two, so that circuitous route isn't really effective.

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 Post subject: Re: Tesla's Starman
PostPosted: Tue Feb 13, 2018 12:46 pm 
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This Website Lets You Track Elon Musk’s Sports Car Through Space

https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/arti ... lcon-heavy

Avoid the spam and just click: http://www.whereisroadster.com/index.html

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 Post subject: Re: Tesla's Starman
PostPosted: Wed Feb 21, 2018 4:11 pm 
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From Southgate Amateur Radio News and SpaceWeather:

http://www.southgatearc.org/news/2018/f ... luster.htm

http://spaceweather.com/archive.php?vie ... &year=2018

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Elon Musk's cherry red Tesla Roadster is doing things no electric car has ever done before. On Feb. 6th it left Earth onboard a Falcon Heavy Rocket. On Feb. 8th it crossed the orbit of the Moon. Yesterday, the Roadster paid a visit to a star cluster:

"I captured this series of photos from my cozy home office in New Jersey using a remote-controlled 0.5-meter telescope at the Chilescope observatory a few hours north of Santiago, Chile," says Michael Keith. "The Roadster was at a distance of 3.7 million km from Earth--a new record! Although it is was very dim (about magnitude 19.8) I wanted to try to capture it because it was close in the sky to a nice globular star cluster: NGC 5694 is much farther away than the Tesla Roadster, alnost 115,000 light years from Earth."


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 Post subject: Re: Tesla's Starman
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That's Mike Keith of the South Jersey Astronomy Club.

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