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User currently offlineVonRichtofen From Canada, joined Nov 2000, 4627 posts, RR: 36
Posted (13 years 1 month 8 hours ago) and read 1141 times:

Hey all,

I was walking to my truck at about 3am last night and I was looking at the stars. I noticed one was moving across the sky. I know satellites look like dim stars moving across the sky, but this one was really bright, and then it gradually went dim then dissappeared.
Anybody know what that might have been? It's got me quite curious!!

Kris  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

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User currently offlineJetService From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 4798 posts, RR: 11
Reply 1, posted (13 years 1 month 7 hours ago) and read 1122 times:

In didn't know you can see satellites (I assume you mean man-made). Where are you? Near the pole?

"Shaddap you!"
User currently offlineEGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12443 posts, RR: 34
Reply 2, posted (13 years 1 month 6 hours ago) and read 1118 times:

Yup you can indeed see satellites, depending on how big they are and how closely they are orbiting the earth they can be very bright, or very dull.

I'd say you probably saw the International space station, or maybe a very small shooting star (couple of inches maybe).

Oh well Big grin



User currently offlineVonRichtofen From Canada, joined Nov 2000, 4627 posts, RR: 36
Reply 3, posted (13 years 1 month 4 hours ago) and read 1116 times:

I live in western Canada, so I'm in the northern hemisphere, but I'm not really close to the pole (My city is at the south side of the country). I don't think it was a shooting star because it was moving so slowly across the sky and because of how gradual the change in brightness was.

Thanks for your replies!


Kris  Smile

User currently offlineThom@s From Norway, joined Oct 2000, 11953 posts, RR: 46
Reply 4, posted (13 years 1 month 4 hours ago) and read 1113 times:

The space station is said to visible around these times north of equator or so, so I'd guess that would be it.


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User currently offlineTransactoid From Canada, joined Mar 2001, 788 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (13 years 1 month 2 hours ago) and read 1107 times:

It could very well have been a meteor, or perhaps a fireball. Last week was the height of the perseid meteor shower, and its possible you were seeing some of the last remnants.

User currently offlineKiss My L-1011 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (13 years 1 month ago) and read 1104 times:

Oh no, a UFO! Lol...  Smile/happy/getting dizzy It might have been the International Space Station.

User currently offlineKiss My L-1011 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (13 years 1 month ago) and read 1102 times:

Maybe it was the U.S.S. Enterprise? I wonder if Captain Picard likes K.F.C or Taco Bell?

User currently offlineBO__einG From Canada, joined Apr 2000, 2771 posts, RR: 18
Reply 8, posted (13 years 4 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 1096 times:

Haha a fireball. and N1703 Something..

It was the International Space Station Alpha.

When did u see it?
I heard that space shuttle Discovery would be around for a while attached with the station for a few days.

There could be a chance that it was Discovery orbiting by preparing for re-entry?

Chance favors the prepared mind.
User currently offlineBlackened From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (13 years 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 1089 times:

The International Space Station can be seen very often and it sometimes is very bright but 3 am might be too late for a visible pass because the sun is too far away at that time to light the ISS. I don't exactly know about Calgary but I'm 47,8°N and it's only visible here till about 11 p.m.. I suggest you to go to this site and check if you saw the ISS.
Anybody else can also check visible passes of the ISS for his location of course!

User currently offlineBlackened From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (13 years 4 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 1087 times:

You cannot check a date in the past there but Calgary seems to get only few visible passes. There is no visible pass in the next 10 days for you! Your coordinations are: 51.0830N, 114.0830W if you need them.
The shuttle is still connected to the ISS BTW!

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