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  1. #1 ISS viewing? 
    Forum Masters Degree bit4bit's Avatar
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    Anyone see the international space station in the skies tonight?

    In the UK (approx 50',0' lat/long) , at around 7:15 PM.

    I saw on the news that it would be visible, and expected to see a tiny speck in the sky. They said it would pass close to the moon at 7:13PM.

    Luckily we've got very clear skies at the moment, so I went to have a look.

    I was looking near to the moon and saw nothing, and then moments later something was moving across the sky. At first it looked like an airplane, but you could tell it was way too high up, and moving too fast to be that...also it was taking a clear parabolic path across the sky, and had no visible vapour trails.

    With the naked eye, it was alot more impressive than I thought. It was really bright,, and you could even vaguely make out a rough shape/structure of it! I was amazed at how fast it went across the sky too. From the moment it came up on the horizon, it was behind the houses within literally 2 minutes.

    I only wish i had some binoculars/telescope to look through.

    Anyone know how often this happens, and what he conditions are for it? I'd like to look again next time with a telescope. :-D


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    Thats pretty amazing....

    Damn you people with clear skies!


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    Well, I'm in England, so it's a treat for us too :P

    We're getting sunny days, but cold nights.
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    Yeah! She passed overhead, right through the belt of Orion. A stunning sight.
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