Hemisphere:  Southern  ·  Constellation: Aquarius (Aqr)  ·  Contains:  Extremely wide field
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Tianwen-1 Over Texas, 


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Tianwen-1 Over Texas

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Imaging cameras: Canon EOS Rebel SL2

Mounts: Sky-Watcher Star Adventurer

Astrometry.net job: 3692162

RA center: 23h 26' 45"

DEC center: -16° 2' 57"

Pixel scale: 78.897 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: -57.990 degrees

Field radius: 19.600 degrees

Resolution: 1500x1000

Locations: Home, Cibolo, Texas, United States

Data source: Backyard


I believe this is Tianwen-1, the first mission to Mars from China, leaving Earth.

As I was setting up the telescope to image planets, I noticed a tiny cloud low to the southeast. However, something about it was off, so I grabbed my DSLR. After seeing the cone shape of the cloud in the photo, I searched for recent rocket launches and saw Tianwen-1 had launched about half an hour earlier. It was visible to the unaided eye for over an hour as it moved away from Earth.


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Tianwen-1 Over Texas, 


            Chappel Astro