VonRichtofen
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Lights In The Sky....

Sat Aug 18, 2001 8:47 pm

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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RE: Lights In The Sky....

Sat Aug 18, 2001 9:57 pm

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

Sat Aug 18, 2001 10:34 pm

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

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RE: Lights In The Sky....

Sun Aug 19, 2001 12:32 am

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!

Regards,

Kris  Smile
 
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RE: Lights In The Sky....

Sun Aug 19, 2001 12:44 am

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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RE: Lights In The Sky....

Sun Aug 19, 2001 2:44 am

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.
 
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RE: Lights In The Sky....

Sun Aug 19, 2001 4:26 am

Oh no, a UFO! Lol...  Smile/happy/getting dizzy It might have been the International Space Station.
 
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RE: Lights In The Sky....

Sun Aug 19, 2001 4:28 am

Maybe it was the U.S.S. Enterprise? I wonder if Captain Picard likes K.F.C or Taco Bell?
 
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RE: Lights In The Sky....

Sun Aug 19, 2001 6:52 am

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?
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I Don't Think It Was The Iss!

Sun Aug 19, 2001 8:10 am

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.
http://www.heavens-above.com
Anybody else can also check visible passes of the ISS for his location of course!
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Correction!

Sun Aug 19, 2001 8:15 am

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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