• 01-13-2006, 03:34 PM
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    Those Interested In Astronomy On The West Coast
    If you're up late on the night of the 14th, you can watch, and perchance photograph, the re-entry of the Stardust space capsule.

    Here's the notice from Sky and Telescope.

    "An artificial "meteor." Late tonight the Stardust space capsule, returning from Comet Wild 2, will streak into Earth's atmosphere over northern California and Nevada on its way to landing in northwestern Utah. The reentry should be visible from Seattle to south of San Francisco and as far east as Salt Lake City, weather permitting. Stardust should reach a peak brilliance several times brighter than Venus around 1:56 a.m. Pacific Standard Time, 2:56 a.m. Mountain Standard Time, on the morning of the 15th. The sky will be washed with moonlight. For full details see NASA's site for viewing Stardust's reentry."