See the International Space Station go by

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Grape Ape, Jul 25, 2009.

  1. Grape Ape

    Grape Ape Younger than Hack Tavern Member

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    If you want to see the International Space Station, and now that they are separated the Space Shuttle, go by in the sky here is the site and information so you can get the times and location in the sky so you can see it.

    Go to Human Space Flight (HSF) - Realtime Data

    On the left of the screen in sighting opportunities, click on "Go to country"

    Then choose your state and then closest city. That will give you the dates, times, duration of sighting, direction it will become visible and where it will disappear.

    If there is not a city close to you then when you get to the state listings, click on the "NASA Skywatch Applet" enter your zip code and hit enter then choose from the choices "next pass", "Next Sighting", "Weekly Sightings" or "All Sightings" That will give you the times it will be visible from your location.

    In the NASA Skywatch Applet, if you click "Next Sighting" it will give you the time. Below the times click "Sky Track" and it will give you a star map that shows the stars that you will see and the path of travel of the Space station across your stars so it may be easier to track.

    It will be the brightest thing in the sky. Now that the Space Shuttle has separated from the International Space Station you will also be able to see it separately. The website includes times to see it also.

    Hope the sky is clear so you all can see it.
     
  2. bantam700

    bantam700 New Member

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    I have yet to see that thing go by, I'd love to find a long and slow pass and try to get my scope on it. It'll be hard but one of the things I like to do while I'm waiting for it to get dark is track passing airplanes so I might be able to get a quick view of it.
     

  3. Grape Ape

    Grape Ape Younger than Hack Tavern Member

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    My wife saw it last night and was able to track it with binoculars she said it happened pretty fast though. We only had a 2 minute window tonight we have 3 and are going to try to track with a telescope and a 60x spotting scope.
     
  4. Sean

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    cool site, but it looks like NASA is using some kind of dos program from the 80s. It is a clear night, so Ill look, Thanks
     
  5. Grape Ape

    Grape Ape Younger than Hack Tavern Member

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    Well I was out on the porch and the wife was in the yard. She saw it and from my vantage point I couldn't. She is going nuts and pointing. Yep did a lot of good to point while standing 20' away in the dark. I will be better prepared tomorrow night. It will be visible longer and I will have my walking cast/foot support thing on so I can go further than the porch.
     
  6. Fran

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  7. Grape Ape

    Grape Ape Younger than Hack Tavern Member

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    I got to see it a little last night, as it became visible through the clouds a few times. Going to be out in the yard tonight so I am not blocked by the house and hopefully I will get a good look at it.
     
  8. bantam700

    bantam700 New Member

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    Have you had any luck spotting that impact on Jupiter from a few days ago?
     
  9. BanTamStoWay

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    Thanks for posting a link to that site.