Newark777
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Satellite Spotting

Fri Apr 22, 2005 8:29 am

Just wondering how many other people use this site: http://heavens-above.com/

It is a great site, and using it I have been able to spot the ISS over my house on multiple occasions, with the naked eye. I have always found it fascinating that you can see satellites that are miles up and traveling upwards of 17,000 mph.

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flymia
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RE: Satellite Spotting

Fri Apr 22, 2005 8:34 am

Well most nights I cant even see most of the stars up in the sky. Let alone a satellite. I have seen a Satellite once atleast that I know of and remember.
No much light living in the center of Miami.
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Newark777
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RE: Satellite Spotting

Fri Apr 22, 2005 8:39 am

Quoting FlyMIA (Reply 1):
Well most nights I cant even see most of the stars up in the sky. Let alone a satellite. I have seen a Satellite once atleast that I know of and remember.
No much light living in the center of Miami.

You may be able to see Iridium flares, though. They are much brighter than the brightest stars, and a bit dimmer than the moon. They are communication satellites, with large solar panels, and direct light back at earth when at the right angle. I once saw one in Elizabeth, NJ, which has quite a bit of light pollution, being right near Manhattan.

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RE: Satellite Spotting

Fri Apr 22, 2005 8:42 am

Quoting FlyMIA (Reply 1):
No much light living in the center of Miami.

During the deepest cold of winter (all 40 degrees F of it) it's a great time to head south to the Everglades!! Stop by "Robert is here" and grab yourself the best Strawberry Shake in Dade County...
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RE: Satellite Spotting

Fri Apr 22, 2005 9:12 am

lol you must be psychic Newark777, I was going to post a topic on the same subject.
Here in the UK tonight theres clear skies, and I logged into Heavens-Above and found that Envisat was transiting the moon at 22.16.
So I go out at 22.00 to set up the scope, and with the moon being at 93% it was a perfect clear night (still is infact..I just come in to warm up a bit.)
Exactly a second after it was due to transit the Moon the Satellite whizzes past literally in the blink of a eye it had crossed the Moons "face".
And also saw 2 other Satellites which were COSMOS 2219 and METEOR 1-29 within a minute of each other.
Im currently staying up to see a double pass by the ISS, one at 03.39 and the other (slightly brighter) around 0500am.
But yes if your into Satellites or Flares like I am, Heavens-above is well recommended, also the star charts and "Comet finder" comes in handy too.
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flymia
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RE: Satellite Spotting

Fri Apr 22, 2005 11:46 am

Quoting TedTAce (Reply 3):

During the deepest cold of winter (all 40 degrees F of it) it's a great time to head south to the Everglades!!

Yea I know of some people that do that once in a while. I been away from Civilzation before in NC and Florida and the stars are awesome!
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RE: Satellite Spotting

Fri Apr 22, 2005 7:52 pm

Star gazzing is awsome, last time, I saw 3 shooting stars, great feeling of awe. See many satelites too.

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