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I wonder if amateur astronomers will be able to see it.
He's sending it to Mars isn't he?
yeah saw that a week ago on one of the facebook astro groups
I don't know.I wonder if amateur astronomers will be able to see it.
Apparently they got more boost from the third stage that then were expecting. Musk's original projected flight-path (see below) is wrong.
According to JPL, a bunch of amateur astronomers, and Tony, aphelion was off by approximately a full AU.Musk's original projected flight-path (see below) is wrong.
From what I've researched, there is little probability of impact of earth or mars over the next 100 years, based on current data.there is a very small possibility that it may impact the planet
A factor 10 in distance is 5 magnitude difference. By the time it will be 25 million km away (in about 2-3 months) it will be at magnitude 24.3, a bit brighter than Fenrir, a small moon of Saturn, as seen from Earth. An 8-meter telescope from the ground can watch it.19.3 mag (R)
2,500,000 km distance
Indeed!Ground-based telescopes will probably have too much background light.
That is generally true, and it is the reason the outer planets and various asteroids were discovered so late. It is easy to see them as objects, but realizing they are not stars needs a comparison of multiple observations, or at least an extensive star database to check every object - something that didn't exist for a long time.Without the motion, it is just noise.