SpaceX’s Inspiration 4 mission will launch later today, placing all civilian space crews in orbit.
A team of four astronauts — including a teacher, a cancer survivor, a raffle winner and an Internet entrepreneur — will leave Kennedy Space Center in a SpaceX Dragon capsule atop a Falcon 9 rocket.
They will travel a maximum of 600 kilometers above Earth, and tgeb will land in the Atlantic Ocean after three days.
It’s hard to know when the Inspiration 4 will be visible until launch, but experts say it’s likely it will appear. SpaceX is in said That travel would “continuously eclipse more than 90 percent of the Earth’s population”.
Its large size, and white, reflective color, as well as its 590-kilometer apogee low-Earth orbit, mean that “in theory” it would be bright enough to be seen, explained Dr Paul Daniels, Vice President of the Royal Astronomical Society. Granthshala.
The craft’s three-day flight means about 45 orbits of Earth – one every 90 minutes – and thus there is a “good chance” that it will pass over the UK at some point.
Jonathan McDowell, an astronomer at the Center for Astrophysics, agrees that it “definitely” will [be] bright enough” but without orbital data it’s hard to say what material it will be over, and at what time of night it will be visible – “but it will be bright enough to the naked eye if it passes over you at night while it Looking at the sun.”
Although it will not be easy to identify as other bodies; “While it will be only a few hundred kilometers higher than the International Space Station, a moderately bright view in the night sky, Inspire 4’s small size will make it a difficult target to spot once it is in orbit”, said Greg Brown, an astronomer at Royal Observatory Greenwich, reported Granthshala.
Once the craft is in the air, it will be much easier to track the craft via websites like Celestrac, Heavens-Above, or N2YO—and likely won’t require special equipment.
“It will almost certainly be a naked eye glow,” Dr. Daniels said. “Telescopes can be used, but will not have a high enough magnification to see any detail”, and binoculars “can be used, but very high magnifications and small field-of-view will make it difficult to track”. .
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