RE: Information Question

From: Ted Molczan (molczan@rogers.com)
Date: Fri Sep 24 2004 - 10:09:32 EDT

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    Linda Ramsey wrote:
    
    > This is probably off topic, but I would appreciate some feed back 
    > privately to me.  My school has a 10" Meade reflecting telescope.  On 
    > Monday night we will be having a PTO meeting and I would like 
    > to have a viewing session for those who attend.  Will viewing the 99% 
    > moon cause any permanent eye damage?
    
    It will not cause any damage. Brian Tung provides a good explanation on his
    Astronomy Corner web site. Go to the following faq page, and search for the
    phrase "looking at the Moon through a telescope":
    
    http://astro.isi.edu/reference/faq.txt
    
    
    > I plan on them viewing the ISS and HST if possible. I have not
    > followed (or understood) all the discussion about changes to the
    > data released about the satellites, but I was wondering if 
    > information on Heavens Above is still accurate to use to find 
    > satellites, etc.?
    
    Based upon the information provided recently by Air Force Space Command, it
    appears that the service that will replace NASA/OIG will continue to provide
    orbital elements to the public. How comparable the service will be remains to be
    seen, but it looks promising.
    
    In any case, at this time NASA/OIG remains the source of data, and Heavens Above
    continues to operate normally. As I write this, its ISS elements are up to date.
    According to this NASA site, there are no ISS manoeuvres currently planned for
    the next 10 days or so:
    
    http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/realdata/sightings/SSapplications/Post/JavaSSOP/orbi
    t/ISS/SVPOST.html
    
    Ted Molczan
    
    
    
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