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Did Anyone See The Two Satellites?  
User currently offlineAf773atmsp From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 2713 posts, RR: 1
Posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 1352 times:

Just now two satellites were near each other making a bright light. The bright light could only be seen for about two seconds. Did anyone else see them?


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User currently offlineDc9northwest From Switzerland, joined Feb 2007, 2301 posts, RR: 7
Reply 1, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 1339 times:

No... But those weren't satellites; what you saw was the mother-ship... Big grin

User currently offlineWestWing From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 2135 posts, RR: 7
Reply 2, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 1331 times:

If you are near Minneapolis, you probably saw Iridium flares from #59 and #96 at about 19:23 local time.

[Edited 2007-02-10 02:49:02]


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User currently offlineRonglimeng From Canada, joined Oct 2006, 626 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 1319 times:

Here's a great website for satellite-watching:

http://www.heavens-above.com/


User currently offlineBartiniMan From Australia, joined Jul 2001, 315 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 1315 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


User currently offlineAsstChiefMark From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 1300 times:

Two Satellites? There's a shitload of them around MSP.



Mark


User currently offlineAsstChiefMark From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 1276 times:

I'll bet it looked like this:

http://epod.usra.edu/archive/images/dsc_3123.jpg

Mark


User currently offlineAf773atmsp From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 2713 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 1268 times:

It did not look like that. There was two little bright dots moving across the sky. Just a couple seconds before this happened, a NW A320 flew over my house.


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User currently offlineAsstChiefMark From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 1263 times:

Satellites are pretty common. I see them frequently when I'm laying out on the deck at night. I'm surprised how many are in polar orbits.

I like watching the International Space Station whenever it passes by. It can be tracked at: http://spaceflight1.nasa.gov/realdata/tracking/ Unfortunately, the site is down for maintenance right now.

Mark


User currently offlineBill142 From Australia, joined Aug 2004, 8466 posts, RR: 8
Reply 9, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 1254 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?"

User currently offlineBlueElephant From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2006, 1813 posts, RR: 6
Reply 10, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 1181 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.


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