07/13/2015 – Ephemeris – New Horizons’ encounter with Pluto just 1 day to go!
Ephemeris for Monday, July 13th. Today the Sun will be up for 15 hours and 17 minutes, setting at 9:27. The Moon, 2 days before new, will rise at 5:05 tomorrow morning, and tomorrow the Sun will rise at 6:10.
The New Horizons spacecraft is hopefully Go for its encounter with Pluto and its moons tomorrow morning (July 14, 2015), and tomorrow New Horizons will be working in radio silence because it will be too busy to turn and relay anything to the Earth. Tomorrow evening we should get a signal from the spacecraft with engineering data on its survival of the encounter. Any photographs will be sent starting Wednesday. Pretty pictures are not the only data to be sent back. It will take 16 months to get all the data sent back. A series of highly compressed images will be sent for the next 6 days. Then other data will be taking priority until September 14th when photographs will again be sent. We’ll be feasting on the information for quite some time.
Times are for the Traverse City/Interlochen area of Michigan. They may be different for your location.
The following images are shown in chronological order as New Horizons approaches Pluto and Charon. Click on any of these images to enlarge.
On July 4, the spacecraft went into safe mode. Imaging resumed on July 8th.