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  Reply # 1948186 29-Jan-2018 15:24
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Jaxson:

 

Re the satellite, have people seen it in NZ yet?  (sorry, there's 6 pages of the above to wade through now)

 

Every time I check the tracker it seems to be dark over NZ.

 

 

 

 

This.  Anyone actually seen it here?

All the figures I've seen mean it would be hard to spot with the naked eye.  (Brightness/Magnitude of +6 to +8 sort of thing).




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Using the site and location, it will be here in 22 days, dawn and/or dusk.   Unsure why dawn or dusk I would have thought between dawn and dusk if overhead, lasts one minute


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  Reply # 1948226 29-Jan-2018 17:23
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Jaxson: This.  Anyone actually seen it here?

This guy:

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  Reply # 1948228 29-Jan-2018 17:25
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Someone elsewhere:


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  Reply # 1948229 29-Jan-2018 17:26
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Unsure why dawn or dusk I would have thought between dawn and dusk if overhead, lasts one minute



The Earth’s shadow. Satellites usually vanish when they travel overhead as they pass into the shadow. The nearer to sunrise or sunset, the smaller the shadow, so the longer they remain visible.



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Unsure why dawn or dusk I would have thought between dawn and dusk if overhead, lasts one minute

 



The Earth’s shadow. Satellites usually vanish when they travel overhead as they pass into the shadow. The nearer to sunrise or sunset, the smaller the shadow, so the longer they remain visible.

 

I know that. ISS is visible at many hours. Not dawn or dusk. Mid evening is ok as at 400km it gets the suns reflection.


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Here is an awesome satellite... 

 

 

 





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  Reply # 1952954 7-Feb-2018 14:41
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He's going to send it to a Sun orbit


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  Reply # 1952958 7-Feb-2018 14:56
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When aliens or future generations find a car orbiting the sun they are probably going to think we are/were idiots. Convince me a car in (any) orbit is not space junk.




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When aliens or future generations find a car orbiting the sun they are probably going to think we are/were idiots. Convince me a car in (any) orbit is not space junk.

 

 

It is. I assume the Sun orbit will be a large orbit, so it will be there forever probably. But its must have been authorised, which is possibly more a I want this and I am doing stuff, so they let it ride


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tripper1000:

 

When aliens or future generations find a car orbiting the sun they are probably going to think we are/were idiots. Convince me a car in (any) orbit is not space junk.

 

 

It is. I assume the Sun orbit will be a large orbit, so it will be there forever probably. But its must have been authorised, which is possibly more a I want this and I am doing stuff, so they let it ride

 

 

 

 

Yep, into a Heliocentric Solar orbit, it'll pass by Mars at some stage on it's orbit of the Sun.

 

SpaceX and Elon Musks personal piece of history.

 

 

 

With the amount of money he's saving NASA by using SpaceX over ULA for its launches I'd be surprised if they declined anything. 


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Distant future archaeologists will ponder over this and decide it had some kind of religious significance. No-one ever seems to think that a pyramid or moai or henge might have just been built for the hell of it, as an ultimate declaration of 'because I can' .

 

 





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tripper1000:

 

When aliens or future generations find a car orbiting the sun they are probably going to think we are/were idiots. Convince me a car in (any) orbit is not space junk.

 

 

 

 

Maybe. Any spacefaring civilization has probably, early in its own timeline, also sent stuff into space 'just because'. If it makes any difference to you, it will probably disintegrate into bits. Whether that's good or bad, is down to personal perspective, I suppose. Radiation Will Tear Elon Musk's Rocket Car to Bits in a Year.

 

 

 

Personally, I think it's cool. It hurts no-one. And if you're rich and smart enough to be able to launch cars into space, then I think it behooves you to do so.


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When aliens or future generations find a car orbiting the sun they are probably going to think we are/were idiots. Convince me a car in (any) orbit is not space junk.

 

 

 

 

Well they needed a payload to prove it works so rather than send a chunk of concrete out there why not do it in style and send a tesla.

 

 


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  Reply # 1953990 9-Feb-2018 01:24
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Well they needed a payload to prove it works so rather than send a chunk of concrete out there why not do it in style and send a tesla.

 

 

 

 

 

 

They could have just given me the Tesla. I would have happily donated them some concrete if needed. I have lots of old concrete I need to get rid of sometime.






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