Can we see Hubble from the planet earth?

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Offline turnipsock

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Can we see Hubble from the planet earth?
« on: 11/07/2008 23:26:44 »
I know we can see a lot of satalites whizzing about at certain times of the day. The Iridium ones are easy to see at dusk, but can we see the Hubble telescope?

I tried doing a search on Starry Night for 'Hubble' and it took me to the bit of space for the Hubble Deep Field image. If you have Starry Night, I would try this just to see how small the bit of space Hubble was looking at.
« Last Edit: 12/07/2008 00:49:03 by turnipsock »
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Re: Can we see Hubble from the planet earth?
« Reply #1 on: 11/07/2008 23:47:28 »
You can see the position of Hubble here...

Photo of light trail of International Space Station, (Hubble is smaller and 50% further away).

The International Space Station in orbit (ISS)
Brightness approximately -4 (less than Venus)
Launch Window 5-10 min.
Orbital Altitude 361 km at perigee
437 km at apogee
Mass approx. 420 000 kg
Dimensions 111.08 m by 89.2 m
Speed approx. 26720 km/h
Orbital Inclination 51.5947
Estimated Cost 28 billions
Orbital Period approx. 90 min.
Visibility btw 60 N & 60 S
Orbital Type elliptical

« Last Edit: 12/07/2008 16:47:17 by RD »


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Can we see Hubble from the planet earth?
« Reply #2 on: 14/07/2008 21:30:32 »
I checked the orbit of the HST by loading the orbital parameters from Celestrac into the Wxsat prediction program I use for weather satellites.
It seems that it never gets higher than 1 above the horizon in Southern UK so there is little chance of seeing it here.
It is very easy to see the the ISS, it is well above the horizon here and very bright
« Last Edit: 16/07/2008 09:25:20 by syhprum »