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Observation by Nick James: DART spacecraft and Falcon 9 upper stage

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Nick James

Observer

Nick James

Observed

2021 Nov 25 - 17:02

Uploaded

2021 Nov 25 - 19:01

Objects

Spacecraft

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Constellation

Hercules

Field centre

RA: 16h35m
Dec: +26°01'
Position angle: +1°29'

Field size

0°27' × 0°20'

Equipment
  • ASI6200MM + Celestron HD11
Exposure

10x30s

Location

Chelmsford, UK

Target name

DART spacecraft

Title

DART spacecraft and Falcon 9 upper stage

About this image

The DART spacecraft was launched on a Falcon 9 from Vandenburg on November 24 at 06:21 UTC. It is on its way to impact 65803 Didymos. This image was taken as it moved away from the Earth tonight. The two objects are the spacecraft and the Falcon 9 upper stage. I'm not sure which is which. At the time this image was taken the spacecraft was around 440,000 km away.

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Philip Masding
Philip Masding, 2021 Nov 26 - 07:30 UTC

Great image Nick, where do you get the position  from?

Nick James
Nick James, 2021 Nov 26 - 21:14 UTC

JPL Horizons normally has ephemerides for these spacecraft.

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