Excellent opportunity to see the International Space Station tonight
and once early Monday morning.
At least in the east and maybe the whole US or whole eastern
hemisphere visible for 5 or 6 solid minutes, at high elevation also.
On Saturday, May 28, 2016 at 5:08:28 PM UTC-4, Roy Biggins wrote:
I watched NASA's 747 deliver the space shuttle to NYC, fly over, down the
Hudson. That was cool. We're near the end of that era, Boeing is building
less than one a month now, they slowed down the build rate, hoping for
some new freighter orders. Looks like the two new AirForce One's may be
the last ones they ever build. Which would be a fitting way to end it.
My favorite plane now is the 777. Not quite as big, but still impressive.
I flew 16+ hours on one a few years ago, JFK to Hong Kong. Left JFK late morning, by about 3PM it was dark outside, we were nearing the north pole.
That was the best plane ride of my life. First class, I had 3 plane windows
worth of space, 3 flight attendants for 3 passengers and I drank every
booze they had.
The 747 returning the Shuttle to the east coast from the second (? or
3rd?) launch made a detour over the Thiokol plant in Utah that built the
booster motors . We were standing on top of the hill above the (can't name
it , security) facility when it went over ... the pilot waved at us , and we
were nearly knocked over by the jetwash from the plane . To say he was
flyin' low is an understatement ..
On Saturday, May 28, 2016 at 6:42:57 PM UTC-4, Terry Coombs wrote:
I just watched the ISS pass overhead. It didn't make much noise. Had a
great view, it was bright and went from SW horizon to NE horizon, passing
almost directly overhead, 6 min trip. Thanks to Micky for the heads up.
I noticed that. For a while I wasn't sure if it was the ISS or an
airplane. There were 3 others flying nearby while I was waiting.
But I'm convinced I saw it, which it makes it the first non-natural
thing I've ever seen in the sky, after many prior tries.
YW. And thanks to a friend who told me and then reminded me.
might not be? You're replying to Trader who already saw it at 9:50
ET. You're in Central time iiuc, but it does't take 66 minutes to get
there. So I think you already missed it!**
As to trees, yeah, my front yard has too much light from street
lights, my back yard has too many trees, so I walked to a field
nearby, and then I noticed the road had a curve which caused the
headlights to shine in my eyes for a little bit. But there weren't
many cars and the thing was bright.
That sounds good, but that's 3 minutes before here and you're west of
Baltimore, so how could that be? Oops, I'm backwards, of course it's
earlier. Depending on how far west you are in the Central timezone,
it would 2 to 6 minutes later, your time. Except there is still the
time zone thing. Your header shows Central time, but the clock time,
9:54 and 4:38 are Eastern times. ????
**For a long time all the space ships and afaik all the satellites
took 90 minutes to go around the earth once. The chart here seems to
say 98 minutes. https://spotthestation.nasa.gov . I wondered why
there is nothing listed for about 12:30AM and I think it's because the
sun is opposite the earth from wherever it is 1AM daylight time, and
the ISS is in the earth's shadow.
Right on schedule at 9:54 PM CDT . It was actually higher than I thought ,
and I had a very good view for about 2.5 - 3 minutes . And in reference to
your (snipped) comment about trees and lights , I live in a clearing out in
the woods with no scattered light from a city . The stars are freakin'
awesome out here on a clear night .
On Saturday, May 28, 2016 at 11:06:41 PM UTC-4, Terry Coombs wrote:
I have a street light right in front of my house. And because of trees
in all directions, standing about 25 ft from that light was where I had
to be. I still could easily see it, it's very bright, so if you're in
a spot where you can see some stars or planets, you'll be able to see
it. Assuming it's a similar track. If it's low at the horizon for
example, IDK how that will affect it. But I have seen it once before,
lower in the sky and didn't have any difficulty finding it. These man
made things are so much better. Not like looking for some piss ant
comet or waiting for a meteor shower that's supposed to happen between
11PM and 6AM. This sucker shows up right on time.
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