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Message started by Tony on 08/20/07 at 22:37:09

Title: I saw the ISS and space shuttle tonight
Post by Tony on 08/20/07 at 22:37:09

http://heavens-above.com is an awesome website.  It tells you where and when to look for the ISS and the shuttle.

Tonight, around 9:30, the ISS appeared out of the northwest sky, followed by the space shuttle.  Just when they reached the peak of their brightnesses, they disappeared into the Earth's shadow.  Very awesome.

Title: Re: I saw the ISS and space shuttle tonight
Post by Mal on 08/21/07 at 00:43:32

I saw them last week while at the observatory here - and also saw them disappear! I guessed they must have gone into the Earth's shadow, but they disappeared rather abruptly about 2/3rds of the way in their path across the sky, was most off-putting!

I could have sworn when they were right overhead that I saw a tiny dot attached to the main dazzling light that was the station itself. Could that have been the shuttle? Or just my imagination?

Title: Re: I saw the ISS and space shuttle tonight
Post by Tony on 08/21/07 at 01:07:47

You probably saw a solar panel.  In 10x50 binoculars I can see what appears to be 2 connected dots.  Check out the BAUT forum on the Astrophotography page.  Someone snapped some really nice pictures.

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