ISS spotting

I've just seen the International Space Station pass over for the first time! It was pretty cool. I went on the Heavens Above website earlier on today and had a look to see when it would be around next. They give you start and end times for the pass and what magnitude it will be. Being at latitude 53 means that the ISS isn't always visible. This particular one was good, not only because it was the first time I've seen the space station from the ground, but because I saw it pass into the shadow of the Earth and dim until I couldn't see it anymore while still at an elevation of around 45 degrees. Actually, I was quite lucky to see it tonight as there is a lot of cloud around; luckily the bit of sky that I needed to see had a gap in the clouds.

Posted in astro blog by Stuart on Saturday 07th May 2005 (23:00 UTC) | Permalink
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