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New Russian Satellite Mayak
A new small satellite has just been launched which will deploy a large reflector once in orbit and has the potential to be very bright. We now have a provisional orbit from Space-Track which you can use to generate predictions. Please note that the magnitude estimates are possibly very inaccurate until actual observations are reported.

Update: We have had several reports that Mayak has not been seen when expected, although the project team has stated that the reflector has been deployed. This could mean we have the wrong object. Space-Track are still calling the object we think is Mayak simply "Object F", so they are not sure either. There are some reported sightings from Russia, however. We will keep you updated as soon as we have more news.

Get ready for the total solar eclipse in August
On August 21st this year, the Moon's shadow will cross the USA from coast to coast - find the best time and place to view it using our new solar eclipse pages. You will find maps and animations for all the eclipses between the years 1900 and 2099.



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