ISS back in the skies

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ISS back in the skies

Postby jsc248 » Thu Oct 26, 2006 5:23 pm

Hi Gang,
Jusr=t a quick word on the ISS, it is now visible in our neck of the woods again. Here is a chart from ESA showing where it is now [url=http://esa.heavens-above.com/esa/iss_step3.asp?SatID=25544&lat=53.416&lng=-2.940&alt=0&loc=Liverpool&TZ=GMT&Date=39016.7977232543]http://esa.heavens-above.com/esa/iss_step3.asp?SatID=25544&lat=53.416&lng=-2.940&alt=0&loc=Liverpool&TZ=GMT&Date=39016.7977232543[/url] use the homepage to find your location.
John.
To me astronomy is looking up and thinking "What the heck is going on up there!!"
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RE: ISS back in the skies

Postby les » Thu Oct 26, 2006 8:10 pm

HI John,
Thanks for that,Ive just printed out a weeks supply of timings for ISS along with Iridium flares.Recently the ISS was fitted with new highly reflective solar panals which was supposed to make it a lot brighter,(I heard up to magnitude -3)but so far its not been scheduled to be above +0.2.Maybe its because I observe from so far north.Thanks again John.
Regards and clear skies Les.
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RE: ISS back in the skies

Postby martigra » Fri Oct 27, 2006 7:33 am

There was a fantastic pass last evening, at 18:33:40 wsw to sse mag -0.5, it brightened significantly as it passed max altitude.
The prospects look good for the next few nights :-
27th 18:55
28th 19:16
29th 18:38
30th 17:24
and 31st 17:45

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RE: ISS back in the skies

Postby barnardstar2 » Sat Oct 28, 2006 8:46 pm

As the low clouds were scuttling their way across the Pentland Hills tonight a gap opened up and the ISS could be seen for quite a while as it passed over. It was brighter for longer than any Iridium flare I have seen so far. Thanks for the heads up.
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RE: ISS back in the skies

Postby snowman » Sun Oct 29, 2006 5:36 pm

If it's clear enough the best time tonight to see the ISS wil be between 18:36 and 18:40 .
I haven't seen it yet since the new solar panels were added can't wait!
(whoops b**dy clocks)
Best of Luck.
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RE: ISS back in the skies

Postby gavin » Sun Oct 29, 2006 8:56 pm

I missed the ISS the other night, i went out too late[:(], Maybe I Will Catch It Next Time
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RE: ISS back in the skies

Postby snowman » Tue Oct 31, 2006 6:50 am

ISS can be seen this evening at 17:44 to 17:51 52deg@ 17:49.
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RE: ISS back in the skies

Postby barnardstar2 » Tue Oct 31, 2006 7:03 pm

And for those who missed it this is what it looked like when is passed Over Edinburgh

[image]http://static.flickr.com/108/284830166_f1e21df31c.jpg[/image]

Click here for a [url=http://static.flickr.com/108/284830166_f1e21df31c_b.jpg]larger size[/url]
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RE: ISS back in the skies

Postby aspicio astrum » Wed Nov 01, 2006 11:40 pm

Saw it on the 30th purely by chance, was out walking with the missus at dusk. It took me a minute to realise what it was, only because I'd read this thread a couple of days earlier. Very bright, there were no other stars out at the time.

Interestingly, she thought she could see a cross shape to it - this was before I'd realised what it was, and we were thinking that it was an aircraft. It just looked like a point light source to me.

Saw it again the next night, the 31st. Was less impressive, it didn't look much different to any other sattelite, even through binoculars.

Definately cool to see though.
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