OT: Falcon 9/Jason-3 Launch Visibility

From: kd6nrp--- via Seesat-l <seesat-l_at_satobs.org>
Date: Thu, 14 Jan 2016 10:32:46 -0800 (GMT-08:00)
Good Morning:

Some of you may be interested in my visibility prediction for Sunday's Falcon 9/Jason-3 launch. It is as follows:

"A Falcon 9 booster carrying the Jason-3 oceanographic satellite is scheduled for launch from Vandenberg AFB on Sunday morning, January 17. The Falcon is scheduled to lift-off at 10:42:18 PST, the start of a 30-second launch window.

Following liftoff, the Falcon 9 will head towards the southeast and carry Jason-3 into orbit.

Under very good conditions, the bright flame from the Falcon 9's first stage could be visible to the unaided eye as far away as 100 miles. The launch visibility footprint could include Big Sur, Bakersfield, Ventura County, Los Angeles County, and coastal Orange County.

For the best view of the launch, use tripod-mounted or image-stabilized binoculars, a spotting scope, or an astronomical telescope."

Regards,

Brian Webb
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