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Offline DanWebb

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Sunset and Sunrise at Gale Crater
« on: 08/11/2012 03:33 am »
I am looking for a website that has some of this information:  Sunset and sunrise times for Gale Crater (where Curiosity landed).  Also the time when Curiosity starts and ends times for line of sight communication with earth.

When Spirit and Opportunity first landed, this kind of information was easy to get.

Thank you
Dan

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Re: Sunset and Sunrise at Gale Crater
« Reply #1 on: 08/11/2012 03:36 am »
This thread had my hopes up that we were about to see photos of sunset and sunrise at Gale Crater.  aww.

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Re: Sunset and Sunrise at Gale Crater
« Reply #2 on: 08/11/2012 04:06 am »
This blog has some very good information about the sky as seen from Curiosity's vantage point.

http://astrobob.areavoices.com/2012/08/10/what-does-earth-look-like-from-mars/

and has a link to downloadable software which would answer your question.

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Re: Sunset and Sunrise at Gale Crater
« Reply #3 on: 08/11/2012 05:00 am »
I have Stellarium.  I just used it to view mars up close.  When I play with the time control, mars rotates.  If I am looking the actual features that are visible at that particular time, I can check if Gale crater is visible and this will give me the info that I want.  That's if the info is true and accurate.

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Re: Sunset and Sunrise at Gale Crater
« Reply #4 on: 08/11/2012 09:44 am »

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Re: Sunset and Sunrise at Gale Crater
« Reply #5 on: 08/11/2012 01:59 pm »
Here's a thread suggestion:

Could there be a "Image of the week" thread for MSL?
Sometimes I just flat out don't get it.

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Re: Sunset and Sunrise at Gale Crater
« Reply #6 on: 08/11/2012 09:03 pm »
If Stellariumís view of Mars is accurate, why does Gale Crater end up on the night side at the time of MSL landing.  Didn't Gale Crater still had two hours of light left before sunset?  Or am I doing something wrong.

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