Starman flies on to 20th magnitude

The new observation record stands at 3.2 million km, acquired with the 0.4 meter telescope at the McCarthy Observatory in Connecticut, and is now close to magnitude 20, dimming with distance from both Earth and Sun.   Realistically, if it weren’t for the attached Falcon upper stage, it would have long since faded to invisibility, but it will be interesting to see how long it can be visibly tracked.


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