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  • by da (1525) on 2002.07.27 11:30 (#11119) Homepage Journal
    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 bright as a plane, but solid white instead of flashing. It disappeared into the haze over Kitchener (at over 1000km away) instead of reaching the horizon, but when it disappeared it wasn't falling very fast. So, from where I was (at 9:50 to 10:00pm) it passed below Libra, below Lyra, and through Pegasus.

    I'd hoped to see it Thursday night, when it was considerably brighter (-0.4 magnitude, or 2.5 times as bright as last night!) and passing directly overhead through Draco, but it was heavily overcast.

    Yes, heavens-above.com does rock. I'll be keeping a browser tab on it for the next two weeks while the ISS is visible from North America.

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    -DA [coder.com]