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



    
        

            Ethan Chappel
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Tianwen-1 Over Texas

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Tianwen-1 Over Texas, 



    
        

            Ethan Chappel
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Tianwen-1 Over Texas

Acquisition details

Dates:
July 23, 2020
Frames:
Integration:
0″
Avg. Moon age:
2.99 days
Avg. Moon phase:
9.79%

RA center: 23h26m45s.6

DEC center: -16°0257

Pixel scale: 78.897 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: -57.990 degrees

Field radius: 19.600 degrees

More info:Open 

Resolution: 1500x1000

File size: 1.5 MB

Locations: Home, Cibolo, Texas, United States

Data source: Backyard

Description

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, 



    
        

            Ethan Chappel