M’s gravestone and I had the privilege of watching this SpaceX launch from our garden, but I didn’t think to take a photo of it soaring into the clouds. Everything seems to have proceeded purrfectly and I throughly enjoyed sharing this with my brofur’s spirit. In case you’re interested, you, too, can watch the launch – I suggest that you begin about 8 minutes into this video, which gives an entirely different purrspective to have M and I experienced.
Today’s mission was ‘scrubbed’ …. I think they mean delayed because they also said, “24 hour recycle”, so I’m thinking that I will spend some quality time with M’s gravestone again, tomorrow…. it was a lovely, peaceful afternoon.
IF you’re interested, go here, tomorrow (Saturday May 11, 2018) for the webcast… unless it is ‘scrubed’, again.
The strangest things still pop up in my dear departed brofur’s online reader. Apparently, today, Space X will launch a satellite from Cape Canaveral …. those launches always sent Pops and M into the yard so they could watch the rocket soaring into the heavens…. IF I understood when this was supposed to happen, I’d make sure I was in the garden, by M’s gravestone at the purrfect time. Alas, I don’t have a clue what EDT or GMT might be…. The note specifically said, “the launch window Thursday opens at 4:12 p.m. EDT (2012 GMT) and extends until 6:22 p.m. EDT (2222 GMT).”
M left notes in the calendar and for today, it simply says ‘Lyrids’…. Sounded rather ominous, and since I believe it is better to know and understand things than have something sneak up and bite me, I decided I’d better look this up in Wikipedia. As per them:
The April Lyrids (LYR, IAU shower number 6 ) are a meteor shower lasting from April 16 to April 26 each year. The radiant of the meteor shower is located in the constellation Lyra, near this constellation’s brightest star, Alpha Lyrae (proper name Vega). Their peak is typically around April 22 each year.
The source of the meteor shower is particles of dust shed by the long-period Comet C/1861 G1 Thatcher. The April Lyrids are the strongest annual shower of meteors from debris of a long-period comet, mainly because as far as other intermediate long-period comets go (200–10,000 years), this one has a relatively short orbital period of about 415 years. The Lyrids have been observed for the past 2,600 years.
The shower usually peaks on around April 22 and the morning of April 23. Counts typically range from 5 to 20 meteors per hour, averaging around 10. As a result of light pollution, observers in rural areas will see more than observers in a city. Nights without a moon in the sky will reveal the most meteors. April Lyrid meteors are usually around magnitude +2. However, some meteors can be brighter, known as “Lyrid fireballs“, cast shadows for a split second and leave behind smokey debris trails that last minutes.
SO, I guess M planned to write one of his sky watch posts about this and apparently these could be something interesting to watch but I confess that I don’t completely understand what wikipedia was talking about…. His telescope looks very alone, too.
This post is written with the thought that we can all make our upcoming Sky Watch plans. 2018 looks like it will be an awesome year for meteor-watching! Each item on the list below links to Earthsky.org’s page for the event.
Keep an eye on the sky, dear furiends – it’s a fascinating display.
Today’s SpaceX Flacon 9 Heavy Launch was a success – at least that’s what they claim. Please notice that this has THREE rockets, all of which are supposed to be recyclable. However, as per SpaceX twitter, at this point, only the two side rockets have been confirmed as landing … not the core one.
The video below provides about a half hour of information about the rocket and it’s maiden launch and this SpaceX Flacon 9 Heavy link gives you all sorts of details…. and the views were a lot better than mine, as you can see in the jpg above.