Star Chart for Joliet IL
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99% illuminated - Waxing Gibbous Moon
Moonrise: 6:45pm (23-May-2013)
New Moon: Sat, 08-Jun-2013 10:57am CDT
Full Moon: Fri, 24-May-2013 11:25pm CDT
A new star is born in our galaxy every 18 days.
Qazi Observatory is a private observatory located in Plainfield, IL just west of Joliet. Forecasts courtesy of: ClearSky and 7timer
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Space Track-Satellite Passes
Notes about viewing ESVs:
When using lookangles, choose passes with high magnitudes; less than 6.0. ("Looks" are local time.)
Best viewing is when ESV is in Earth's penumbra; on the map, it's the solid line during night.
Dotted line on map denotes ESV is dark, in Earth's umbra (shadow).
Objects in orbit have to maintain a speed of at least 17,500mph, therefore ESVs traverse the sky noticeably different than aircraft.
ESVs appearing to blink are either tumbling rocket bodies, or spinning payloads with deployed solar arrays.
High-Eccentricity objects have a more ellongated orbit. Ground trace looks like a backwards C.
Regression-Ground traces will move West with each orbit due to Earth's rotation.
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