Stardust re-entry look angles spreadsheet

From: Ted Molczan (seesat@rogers.com)
Date: Sat Jan 14 2006 - 03:44:58 EST

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    Just a reminder that Stardust will re-enter on 2006 Jan 15, at about 09:56 UTC,
    visible from several western U.S. states.
    
    I have made an Excel spreadsheet that computes Stardust re-entry azimuth,
    elevation, R.A. and Dec in tabular form, found in the following zip archive
    file:
    
    http://satobs.org/seesat_ref/stardust/Stardust_look_angles.zip
    
    It is simple to use: download the spreadsheet, and enter your latitude,
    longitude and height above sea-level in the cells with the red coloured font.
    
    The spreadsheet employs the trajectory data provided via URLs connected to the
    following web page, which provides observing tips:
    
    http://reentry.arc.nasa.gov/viewingforum.html
    
    Skymap users will prefer to run graphical predictions using the following
    trajectory data:
    
    http://reentry.arc.nasa.gov/StardustSkymap.txt
    
    The above site has Skymap plots for several locations near the re-entry path.
    
    For additional information and discussion, please see the earlier threads on
    this topic:
    
    http://satobs.org/seesat/Dec-2005/0169.html
    
    http://satobs.org/seesat/Dec-2005/0181.html
    
    Ted Molczan
    
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