Canaveral Launch Success! (see comment 649)

By: LowerCal , 10:19 PM GMT on August 15, 2011

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On the east side of the Sea of Cortez (Gulf of California) is a circular area of low clouds rotating counterclockwise. High clouds above it are moving clockwise. Deep convection is bursting near the center.

UPDATE: A satellite loop of the system described is in comment 1. Similar systems continue to appear. Below I've added self updating satellite images and surface maps of the area.

I'll add loops of similar systems that I see to the comments. Currently there are loops in comments 1 and 7.

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Grail Moonbound on the last Delta II (Skyepony)
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Grail Moonbound on the last Delta II
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Sunset Allure
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Every Year on the Winter Solstice for many years now I have taken the Sunrise. It is always in the same spot behind that Evergreen Tree. This year there are some clouds but you can still see the Sun Blazing through. Today is the shortage amount daylight. The Good News! We will start picking up daylight from now on! Happy Holidays, Make it The Best Ever! P.S. In the Northern Hemisphere the Winter Solstice starts: Dec. 22, 12:30 A.M. EDT (05:30 UT*), Sun enters sign of Capricorn; winter begins.
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The Kiruna, Sweden cam is currently not loading and may be too busy. Kindly close that page if you are not watching it please.

Ally You're welcome. I think you and I and a lot of other people have that item in common.

goofyrider Thank you so much for those additional cams. I'm going to update the live aurora cam list.
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Here are two more:

http://www.earthcam.com/cams/iceland/reykjavik/

next is a cam aimed at a volcano but when weather clears, will catch the night sky

http://www.ruv.is/katla

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WOW! Thanks for the links LC!...viewing the Northern Lights in person is one of the things on my bucket list..
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The Yellowknife, Canada cam image updates on every reload (in a matter of seconds) but you have to do the reloads manually.
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Rob You're welcome.

The Yellowknife, Canada cam has been activated and bright green marbling is showing in the sky.
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Quoting LowerCal:
Live Aurora Cams:

Sodankyla, Finland,
Kiruna, Sweden,
Yellowknife, Canada (click on CONNECT AURORAMAX LIVE)
& Poker Flat, Alaska

Aurora activity is currently faint on the
Sodankyla, Finland cam and vigorous on the Kiruna, Sweden cam. The Yellowknife, Canada cam won't be activated until it gets dark there. The Poker Flat, Alaska cam may be inactive for a longer term.


Cool!
Thanks for the links!
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The Kiruna, Sweden cam image automatically reloads every minute. You have to manually reload the Sodankyla, Finland cam image.
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Live Aurora Cams:

Sodankyla, Finland,
Kiruna, Sweden,
Yellowknife, Canada (click on CONNECT AURORAMAX LIVE)
& Poker Flat, Alaska

Aurora activity is currently faint on the
Sodankyla, Finland cam and vigorous on the Kiruna, Sweden cam. The Yellowknife, Canada cam won't be activated until it gets dark there. The Poker Flat, Alaska cam may be inactive for a longer term.
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shore I remember. I guess she was the one that was prone. ;^)
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shore Also the "N" on the camera image it magnetic north but it is nearly the same as geographic north from Kiruna, Sweden - only 6.2° difference there.
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Ah, ha! I was right. Just like when kitty Calliope went out and (ADD: we!) laid in the parking lot to watch Comet Lulin. ;)
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shore Yep, it's a straight up view - as if you were lying on your back. (That's why E and W are reversed from what you'd see if you were looking down at a map.)
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Pat Looks like it's starting.
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My gosh! The Kiruna cam is really beginning to light up. I went to the camera site to figure out the orientation and I'm still a little confused. Is this view essentially straight up into the sky?

Whatever, it's beautiful. I've never watched one of these when there was so much activity.
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There is a faint green glow in the sky on the Sodankyla, Finland aurora cam and the green is really starting to boil on the Kiruna, Sweden aurora cam.
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Been checking that as well LC..good hunting tonight seems.

Inbound storm should light her up later.
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Green arc overhead now on the Kiruna, Sweden aurora cam.
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You can currently see just a hint of activity on the NNW horizon of the Kiruna, Sweden cam.
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At the bottom of the blog entry I added a WunderPhoto of aurora activity caused by a recent coronal mass ejection (CME) from our increasingly restless Sun.

Another CME occured today that should increase aurora activity on the 24th and 25th. Keep an eye out for it at the following live aurora cams:

Sodankyla, Finland,
Kiruna, Sweden,
Yellowknife, Canada (click on CONNECT AURORAMAX LIVE)
& Poker Flat, Alaska
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Skye I am overcome with envy of your 'hood now but thanks for sharing anyway. ;^)

Short of video a trail best conveys the experience online. Next up from the Cape is an Atlas V with 5 smoke producing solid boosters scheduled for right around sunset on February 16. Should be a very nice photo op if your weather is as nice as last night again.
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492. Skyepony (Mod)
It was a great view. Like Rob noted. Didn't launch in the usual chasing the ISS direction but to the SE which left me with a better view.

The launch time was ideal too. Fit well into a really busy day.. There is a crowd of launch junkies in my 'hood. We all gather in the one area with the best view..Yell real geek stuff like "DELTA IV, DELTA IV, DELTA IV. WOO Woot woot WOO!! GO DELTA!"

Thrilled to get a even kinda decent pic for the rest of my launch junkie friends worldwide. The night ones are tough. I should try & get a time lapsed one sometime.
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Skye Thanks. Your pic was approved and I've added it at the bottom of the blog entry. It's obvious you have a front row seat. :^)
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490. Skyepony (Mod)
Launch was beautiful. Very clear. Right on time, first try:) I got a pic uploaded, awaiting approval.
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SPACECRAFT SEPARATION! The Air Force's Wideband Global SATCOM 4 military communications satellite has been deployed into orbit from the Delta 4 rocket's upper stage, completing tonight's launch.

Regardless of the numbers of soldiers, ships or airplanes would you want to trade today's military capability for that of WWI or WWII?
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Ossqss You're welcome. Let's do our best to see that the heavy lift Space Launch System schedule doesn't slip.
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Pat So that's what he was thinking with that look on his face... :^D

Thanks for Neo's montage.
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Quite cool watching it with binoculars from 150 miles away. Not quite the shuttle though.......... I really am going to miss seeing that again :(

Thanks for the blog Lo-cal
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Second stage engine cutoff #2.
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Second stage ignition #2.
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Quoting Neapolitan:

Here's a (very) quick and (very) dirty exposure montage of this evening's launch:

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.."I think maybe I should have skipped the Jambalaya"


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shore You're welcome. All is looking good so far for a successful delivery to orbit.
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The rocket will coast a few minutes and then do another short burn before reaching the western coast of Africa. Spacecraft separation will occur after crossing Africa.
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Late for launch! Glad all is looking good & thanks for heads-up, LC.
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Second stage engine cutoff.
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Pat Still an amazing feat.

Rob You're welcome and thanks for the report. The Space Shuttle would go NE when headed for the International Space Station. This miltary communications satellite was going almost due east on the way up.
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Very cool launch to watch. Nice long burn and totally different trajectory from a shuttle launch. Was able to see all the way through main engine cutout.


Thanks again LowerCal for the heads up on this launch.
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Nice ride up and over the Hill...


Been awhile
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Second stage ignition.
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Main engine cutoff.
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Payload fairing jettison.
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Solid rocket booster jettison.
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Liftoff
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T minus one minute.
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Pat, Rob Thanks for the updates.
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T minus 3 minutes and counting.
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Rocket: Delta 4
Payload: WGS 4
Date: Jan. 19, 2012
Window: 7:38 to 9:11 p.m. EST
Site: SLC-37B, Cape Canaveral, Florida
Feed: SES 2, Transp. 21, C-band, 87° West

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T-minus 4 minutes 15min planned hold on schedule for 7:38 EST
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0013 GMT (7:13 p.m. EST Thurs.)
The final guidance update on upper level winds is being loaded into the rocket.
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Tonight's Vehicle 3 days ago

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