BartiniMan From Australia, joined Jul 2001, 315 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 1822 times:
Iriduim Flares are extremely common around dusk and dawn. I can almost always spot a couple of satellites at dusk when I look up at the sky for 10 minutes (I like astronomy).
My most memorable "satellite" viewing was when i saw the Mir space station fly past just a few days before it re-entered Earths atmospehere. Needless to say, at that time it was at a low orbital height and thus very bright.
The ISS is also a nice viewing pleasure when it goes past, quite bright and fast moving.
Here is a good site to predict future satellite, ISS and shuttle passes over your location www.heavens-above.com
Bill142 From Australia, joined Aug 2004, 8493 posts, RR: 8
Reply 9, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 1761 times:
there are heaps of sattelites pasing in the sky at night. I doubt anyone, unless they are a keen enthusiast would know which one is which. This is kind of like that thread in civ av "my girlfriend just saw a plane does anyone know which on it is?"
BlueElephant From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2006, 1817 posts, RR: 5
Reply 10, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 1688 times:
I once got saw the International Space Station in Orbit. It was a couple years ago when i was in high School. It was a big moment because apparently the Space Shuttle was in the process of Undocking with the Station, so we had the opportunity to see both the ISS and the Space Shuttle.
It was really awesome. Would love to see more around in Orbit, but alas....City lights are no fun.