Re: Milstar 5 Titan 4/Centaur Launch

From: Ed Cannon (
Date: Tue Jan 15 2002 - 19:17:26 EST

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    Along with the two sites that Mike McCants listed, SpaceflightNow 
    has additional information, including a launch timeline:
    Mike McCants wrote that there might be a "comet" about 7 hours 
    after launch, which is scheduled 0:30 January 16 UTC.  So there 
    might be a "comet" visible, weather permitting, over most of the 
    western hemisphere at about 7:30 UTC (a little over seven hours
    from now, if the launch goes off on schedule).  The "comet" 
    would appear in the geostationary belt above roughly 95 west 
    longitude -- as seen from your location.  E.g., from Austin 
    that's about altitude 55, azimuth 175 -- declination -5.  These 
    are very general, but if there's a comet and your sky is clear, 
    given that there's no moonlight, it may be fairly easy to see.  
    We here are at risk of clouds, but much of the southeast USA, as 
    well as central California, looks to be pretty clear, at least 
    according to the weather satellite photos right now.
    Ed Cannon - - Austin, Texas, USA
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