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Track Falling German Satellite

October 23, 2011 by staff 

Track Falling German SatelliteTrack Falling German Satellite, Another important satellite is due to fall to Earth this weekend. Last month, NASA satellite service outside of the Upper Atmosphere Research fell around midnight September 23. Luckily, UARS went into the Pacific Ocean, far from any major land mass.

 The field of debris into the soil between 300 and 800 kilometers, or the Northeast in general, the point where UARS re-entered the atmosphere. NASA had estimated a 1-on-3, 200 likely that someone would be struck by a part of the UARS. No one was injured.

Now it is time to ROSAT, a defunct German X-ray telescope in space, to make a re-entry. ROSAT is short for R? Ntgensatellit, in honor of Wilhelm R? Ntgen, discoverer of X-rays.

Heiner Klinkrad, the head of the Space Debris Office of the European Space Agency, puts the odds at 1-en-2, 000 a piece of ROSAT attack a person. Your chances of getting back some of that money that has been sending the insurance company is better this time. Or rather, worse.

The reason, he explains, is that X-ray telescope on ROSAT has many strong, heat resistant parts mirror that almost certainly will survive the fiery descent. Your chance to be hit specific person, however, is much thinner.

The German Aerospace Center is tracking ROSAT, but the final destination of the satellites depends on atmospheric conditions related to solar activity. High solar activity swells Earth’s atmosphere, increasing the drag force encountered by a satellite down.

Once the really significant air resistance is known, the orbit decays rapidly as the satellite is higher levels of resistance that is lower.

Most of the slowdown occurs in the orbits of the latter. Yet it is difficult to predict how the satellite will respond to aerodynamic forces, and falling out of control.

When ROSAT down? Ask reentrynews.aero.org for graphical web-orbital trajectory. The prediction information available for re-entry is 6:33 a.m. on Sunday, but the margin of error is plus / minus one day.

Can you see ROSAT? The possibility exists that you can see tonight. Although ROSAT is faint magnitude of 5.2, you can get a glimpse of her. It rises in the northwest just before 8:08 pm At 8:09, is Bo? Tes, Pastor, and 30 seconds later, is supposed to be just above Arthur, the very bright star on the horizon. These predictions are subject to considerable uncertainty.

It is supposed to be another step, brighter along more or less the same route at 7:39 pm on Saturday, but that is subject to even greater uncertainty. ROSAT orbital decay of the upper atmosphere depends on “climate”, so try to get an update.

View brevardcc.edu / planet / SkyNews to obtain the best estimate of its share of Brevard County as new orbital elements are available.

Fright Night
Brevard Community College Night of fear! means monstrously good fun at 9 pm on Friday or Saturday. Come to the “Dead Man’s Party” at the BCC Planetarium in Cocoa and make the Monster Mash and the Time Warp. View festoons Halloween decoration Exhibition Hall and go through the haunted hallway where Boris the Spider hangs. Do not be afraid! Just being there – or could Purple People Eater.

The BCC Observatory is usually open to the public 6:30 to 10:15 pm Fridays and Saturdays, weather permitting. Jupiter rises at 7:41 pm and can be seen in the telescope of the BCC about an hour later.

Astronaut Memorial Planetarium is at the west end of campus Cocoa Brevard Community College.

Call the box office BCC Planetarium at 321-433-7373 to check the full schedule of the public, ticket prices, show times and directions.

Visit the BCC website brevardcc.edu / planet in our calendar, maps and directions.

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