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Saturday July 27, 2002
04:45 AM

International Space Station

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Last night, I watched the international space station. What did you do?

I was planning on looking at it through the new telescope, but it was moving too fast. Went across the sky in about five minutes. It was about as bright as the brightest star in the sky, not as bright as Venus had been earlier. But there are people in it, just like on Venus!

The Heavens Above site is very cool. Personalized star charts etc. telling you when and where the ISS will be. I went outside with my mother-in-law and wife and told them it would pass right above the edge of the handle of the Big Dipper, and right through the dipper of the Little Dipper, and sure enough, there it went, at the time the site said it would. Nifty.

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  • Hey, I did too. It was really neat; I was worried that it wouldn't be visible at all since it was a little cloudy. Around when it was supposed to appear, I was trying to convince myself I was only staring at a star, just above the trees in the South-West where the ISS was supposed to appear. When-- OH, Of COURSE. That's much better... It was quite a bit brighter than I expected (since it was only 1.3 magnitude).

    I saw it for about 7 1/2 minutes; at maximum altitude (only 389km away), it seemed as brig


    -DA []

  • Quote of the article:
    "I followed the ISS with my 10-inch at home one night."


  • What did I do? I go back from OSCON to discover that a kitchen cabinet had fallen off the wall, showering the entire kitchen with shattered glasswear. It was like something out of a David Letterman stunt (where they toss stuff off buildings to watch it splat).

    Yeah, my life sucks. Does yours?