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    Re: Celestial in the thin air!
    From: S. Velasquez
    Date: 2020 Jun 5, 12:18 -0700

    Michael, Thanks for the suggestion about using Stellarium for a space-based viewpoint. I have used Stallrium.  but how do I do that?   Do you know how to place my observing point halfway between the Earth and Moon? 

    Before I write my children (my characters) off to the Moon, I want to focus on the view from high over the Pacific for their backstory. I get it that it's a simulation intended for suburban skies, but can I make the program Stellarium show the view from 20,000 feet where the air is thin and cold? The stars must look different from up there. Have you had the experience of flying in a dark cockpit at high altitude? Can you see the Milky Way? Counting me, I have flown many hours in the pilot position, but I don't have a legal license. I have flown as a passenger in a small plane at night but never in a completely dark cabin.

    Thanks, too, for your EAA ppt show. I looked through it quickly.  I'll look at it more carefully this weekend.  I'm a little uncertain by your zip of nautical almanacs from the war period. Are those the type of ephemera volumes they would have carried when flying?  Did they actually carry whole books or just a page for a day of flying? I'm imagining that no ferry flight would have lasted more than ten hours and any long-range ferry flight would have had very specific initial and terminal points.  If you leave San Diego for Honolulu, I don't think you can change your mind in the middle and fly to Tahiti instead!!  /Ha ha/.

    Andres, thank you for asking. I'll let you know.  Gary, wow! Those links are loaded. I am sure I will have many questions for you.  ... ..._ ... ..._ ~/) S/V S.V.

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