APOD: The Traffic in Taurus (2020 Apr 03)

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APOD: The Traffic in Taurus (2020 Apr 03)

Post by APOD Robot » Fri Apr 03, 2020 4:11 am

Image The Traffic in Taurus

Explanation: There's a traffic jam in Taurus lately. On April 1, this celestial frame from slightly hazy skies over Tapiobicske, Hungary recorded an impressive pile up toward the zodiacal constellation of the Bull and the Solar System's ecliptic plane. Streaking right to left the International Space Station speeds across the bottom of the telescopic field of view. Wandering about as far from the Sun in planet Earth's skies as it can get, inner planet Venus is bright and approaching much slower, overexposed at the right. Bystanding at the upper left are the sister stars of the Pleiades. No one has been injured in the close encounter though, because it really isn't very close. Continuously occupied since November 2000, the space station orbits some 400 kilometers above the planet's surface. Venus, currently the brilliant evening star, is almost 2/3 of an astronomical unit away. A more permanent resident of Taurus, the Pleiades star cluster is 400 light-years distant.

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Re: APOD: The Traffic in Taurus (2020 Apr 03)

Post by Boomer12k » Fri Apr 03, 2020 6:34 am

Great timing...

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Re: APOD: The Traffic in Taurus (2020 Apr 03)

Post by heehaw » Fri Apr 03, 2020 8:45 am

Wow! Space Station is icing on the cake!

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Post by sillyworm 2 » Fri Apr 03, 2020 1:04 pm

Have we all seen the Space Station fly by? Quite a sight to see when it is directly overhead.

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Re: APOD: The Traffic in Taurus (2020 Apr 03)

Post by orin stepanek » Fri Apr 03, 2020 1:26 pm

Very nice; wish Venus wasn't so bright in the photo; but still very nice! 8-) The SST really is icing on the cake heehaw! :D
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Re: APOD: The Traffic in Taurus (2020 Apr 03)

Post by Ann » Fri Apr 03, 2020 1:49 pm

Don't have much to add, but I'd like to give everybody's post here a like! :thumb_up:

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Re: APOD: The Traffic in Taurus (2020 Apr 03)

Post by BillBixby » Fri Apr 03, 2020 6:42 pm

orin stepanek wrote:
Fri Apr 03, 2020 1:26 pm
Very nice; wish Venus wasn't so bright in the photo; but still very nice! 8-) The SST really is icing on the cake heehaw! :D TrafficTaurusLionelMajzik_1067.jpg
Not sure how SST is being used in this reference. But it brings to mind the Super Sonic Transport,like the Concord. But the ISS is faster as it takes only about 90 minutes to orbit the blue marble.

Has the world given up on the SST as impracticable or only put it on hold for technology to advance?

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Re: APOD: The Traffic in Taurus (2020 Apr 03)

Post by Chris Peterson » Fri Apr 03, 2020 6:57 pm

BillBixby wrote:
Fri Apr 03, 2020 6:42 pm
orin stepanek wrote:
Fri Apr 03, 2020 1:26 pm
Very nice; wish Venus wasn't so bright in the photo; but still very nice! 8-) The SST really is icing on the cake heehaw! :D TrafficTaurusLionelMajzik_1067.jpg
Not sure how SST is being used in this reference. But it brings to mind the Super Sonic Transport,like the Concord. But the ISS is faster as it takes only about 90 minutes to orbit the blue marble.

Has the world given up on the SST as impracticable or only put it on hold for technology to advance?
There's still active research into non-military supersonic aircraft. I've seen a few papers or articles about recent developments with increasing efficiency and largely eliminating shock waves.
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Re: APOD: The Traffic in Taurus (2020 Apr 03)

Post by orin stepanek » Fri Apr 03, 2020 9:06 pm

Chris Peterson wrote:
Fri Apr 03, 2020 6:57 pm
BillBixby wrote:
Fri Apr 03, 2020 6:42 pm
orin stepanek wrote:
Fri Apr 03, 2020 1:26 pm
Very nice; wish Venus wasn't so bright in the photo; but still very nice! 8-) The SST really is icing on the cake heehaw! :D TrafficTaurusLionelMajzik_1067.jpg
Not sure how SST is being used in this reference. But it brings to mind the Super Sonic Transport,like the Concord. But the ISS is faster as it takes only about 90 minutes to orbit the blue marble.

Has the world given up on the SST as impracticable or only put it on hold for technology to advance?
There's still active research into non-military supersonic aircraft. I've seen a few papers or articles about recent developments with increasing efficiency and largely eliminating shock waves.
Thanks; Chris! I wouldn't be able to reply to supersonic travel!
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Re: APOD: The Traffic in Taurus (2020 Apr 03)

Post by BillBixby » Sat Apr 04, 2020 12:25 am

orin stepanek wrote:
Fri Apr 03, 2020 9:06 pm
Chris Peterson wrote:
Fri Apr 03, 2020 6:57 pm
There's still active research into non-military supersonic aircraft. I've seen a few papers or articles about recent developments with increasing efficiency and largely eliminating shock waves.
Thanks; Chris! I wouldn't be able to reply to supersonic travel!
Thank you Chris from me, too. I would like that to return as an option.
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Re: APOD: The Traffic in Taurus (2020 Apr 03)

Post by Jughead » Sat Apr 04, 2020 3:02 am

I can't find Venus. Where is it relative to the Sun's glare?

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Post by neufer » Sat Apr 04, 2020 7:19 pm

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