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Visibility Of ISS Passing Overhead At Night?  
User currently offline747-600X From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 2789 posts, RR: 15
Posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 3271 times:

A friend has asked me if I know when/if the International Space Station will be visible as it passes overhead. I wondered if any one more on the space end of "aerospace" had any knowledge about that sort of thing or knew where one could find out.

Thanks!


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User currently offlineSATL382G From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 3226 times:

Check out this link...

http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/realdata/sightings/index.html

if you want something more specific shoot me an e-mail, there are alternatives. ISS is the most visible satellite orbiting earth. If you have a good set of binocs you might be able to make out some details.

SATL382G


User currently offlineRob2507 From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 166 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 3217 times:

This is one of my favorite sites--it lists everything up there..satellites, space junk, you name it, this site will tell you when it's visible in your area.

http://www.heavens-above.com


User currently offlineLeezyjet From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 4041 posts, RR: 53
Reply 3, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 3015 times:

I've seen it a few times, although I find that looking with the naked eye you can see more as the binoculars don't allow enough light through at night to see it clearly.

You can see the middle living quarters and also the huge solar panels out stretched on either side.

It looks like an a/c flying over, just a white light moving through the sky, but it has to be a clear night to see it.

 Smile



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User currently offlineBartiniMan From Australia, joined Jul 2001, 315 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (9 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 2798 times:

I've seen it a few times aswell. I've also watched Mir traverse the night sky, only days before it re-entered earths atmosphere, boy was it bright then.

Anyway, Leezyjet, do you mean you saw the living quarters with the binoculars, I strongly doubt you saw it with your naked eye.

BartiniMan


User currently offlineLeezyjet From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 4041 posts, RR: 53
Reply 5, posted (9 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 2775 times:

BartiniMan,

Yes I saw it without the binoculars. I couldn't see anything with them.

You could clearly see the long round bit in the middle and the solar panels outstretched on either side. Not saying you could read the writing but you could clearly make out which part was which.

Even my old folks could see it without their glasses !!!.

I saw it about 3 times in the one night, and again the next night. Each time the sky was completely clear with no clouds at all.

 Smile



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User currently offlineRG828 From Brazil, joined Jan 2004, 582 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (9 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 2795 times:
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I was about to post something related to this, as last night I saw one of the biggest and brightest satellites I've ever seen pass overhead!

I knew it could'nt be an ordinary satellite, so I thought it must have been the ISS.

I've also seen really bright stuff pass overhead Milan (huge!), and San Francisco (bright and slow-moving), I wish I knew of a way to find out what they were.



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