A Community Devoted to the Preservation and Practice of Celestial Navigation and Other Methods of Traditional Wayfinding
From: Frank Reed
Date: 2020 Mar 7, 17:03 -0800
Last night a Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Florida sending the last of the first-generation Dragon cargo capsules to the ISS (International Space Station). Some of you may recall we looked at a launch photo back in January for a little navigation analysis: http://fer3.com/arc/sort2.aspx?y=20200108&sort=du&y2=20200120&author=&subject=spacex. The photography last night was similar, yet different in ineresting ways. As before we can do some navigation: where was the photographer? Here's the high-resolution of the photo: https://www.spacex.com/sites/spacex/files/crs20_streak1.jpg with a lower-res version attached below. The same photo along with launch details can be found in this article from spaceflightnow.com: https://spaceflightnow.com/2020/03/07/late-night-launch-of-spacex-cargo-ship-marks-end-of-an-era/. I'll let anyone who's interested give it a go. I think I have figured it this time. Last time, I had no guess before posting the photo. You may recall that the photographer last time was probably way out on the back roads looking for a good line of sight. This time ... not so much.
To get you rolling on the astronomical alignments, that's Arcturus in the middle of the frame, and you'll find the handle of the Big Dipper vertical toward the upper left. This rocket took off from Pad 40, same as in January.