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Red Sky at night (pt.2)

Posted: Wed Jul 19, 2017 6:39 pm
by Brian
New Satellite “Mayak” Might Light Up the Sky.

"Russia's first crowd-funded satellite, named Mayak (Russian for "beacon of light"), promises to be the “brightest object in the night sky next to the Moon.”

It's now in orbit and awaiting deployment. Seems it won't be up long though:

http://www.skyandtelescope.com/astronom ... light-sky/

Re: Red Sky at night (pt.2)

Posted: Thu Jul 20, 2017 9:50 am
by RMSteele
Mmm, interesting article. I often think (rather whimsically) that it's a shame the sky everywhere can't be made into a World Heritage Site and protected from monstrous developments and loony lighting. Bob

Re: Red Sky at night (pt.2)

Posted: Thu Jul 20, 2017 2:14 pm
by David Frydman
I reckon if Putin is sent up into low Earth orbit wearing a white dinner suit, he might be visible with the unaided eyes.
Maybe reading a broadsheet party newspaper for extra brightness.

Regards,
David

Re: Red Sky at night (pt.2)

Posted: Thu Jul 20, 2017 3:10 pm
by Brian
Observers looking out for this "beacon" have so far only reported not seeing it. Maybe it's a damp squib :)

Re: Red Sky at night (pt.2)

Posted: Thu Aug 10, 2017 5:04 pm
by Brian
Seems the reflector failed to deploy :roll:
http://spaceflight101.com/soyuz-kanopus ... reflector/
Watch out for further attempts .....

Re: Red Sky at night (pt.2)

Posted: Fri Aug 11, 2017 12:50 pm
by brian livesey
It'll give them something to reflect on.