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Posted: 7/28/2017 1:07:56 AM EDT
Rarely do I get an opportunity to see the Space Station.

Sitting on our back deck cooling down after the day I spotted a very bright light moving steady and fast coming up from the West horizon.
First thing I thought was it has to be the ISS.

As it got directly overhead it was more than just a bright light, you could even see that it had shape !
Man that spacecraft is huge !
The orientation of it with the Sun made it a spectacular sight, fantastic view.

Came in to double check on the "Where is the ISS ?" site, and confirmed that it exactly as I called it.


Yeah I know, CSB, but it was my best viewing of the ISS ever.

Link Posted: 7/28/2017 1:08:58 AM EDT
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Seen it a couple times, pretty awesome
Link Posted: 7/28/2017 1:15:59 AM EDT
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Best one I ever saw was watching the ISS pass over with the Shuttle following right behind it.
Link Posted: 7/28/2017 1:16:35 AM EDT
[#3]
Did you have some ISS matzo, to celebrate?
Link Posted: 7/28/2017 1:17:17 AM EDT
[#4]
...or a Nork ICBM test.
Link Posted: 7/28/2017 1:18:25 AM EDT
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Saw that many years ago. One of the coolest things I've seen.
Link Posted: 7/28/2017 1:36:14 AM EDT
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Old Milwaukee.
Link Posted: 7/28/2017 1:54:52 AM EDT
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https://spotthestation.nasa.gov/

Sign up for text alerts for your location. Has been fun for us and is spot on for times. 
Link Posted: 7/28/2017 2:25:30 AM EDT
[#8]
Some day I'd like to make contact with one of the astronauts via ham radio. They get on the air once in a while.
Link Posted: 7/28/2017 2:51:00 AM EDT
[#9]
http://www.issabove.com/purchase/iss-above-hd

Device you can buy which blinks when the ISS is overhead... and if you plug it into a TV will display the live video feed from the ISS if it's available.
Link Posted: 7/28/2017 2:53:23 AM EDT
[#10]
Get your amateur radio licenses and you can talk to them.
http://www.ariss.org/contact-the-iss.html
Link Posted: 7/28/2017 2:57:24 AM EDT
[#11]
that's no space station...it's a ....
nevermind. its a space station.
Link Posted: 7/28/2017 3:01:27 AM EDT
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Link Posted: 7/28/2017 3:08:36 AM EDT
[#13]
Outstanding!  I've had a hand in building a lot of parts for it, but never seen it.
Link Posted: 7/28/2017 3:16:52 AM EDT
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Link Posted: 7/28/2017 4:17:08 AM EDT
[#15]
Its really fast. I see it every few weeks, being a third shifter and all. I check the tracking site to see when another good pass over 5 minutes will come.
Link Posted: 7/28/2017 5:59:12 AM EDT
[#16]
I saw it the other night for the first time.  

Very neat
Link Posted: 7/28/2017 6:08:26 AM EDT
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Link Posted: 7/28/2017 6:59:26 AM EDT
[#18]
I work with a lot of people who work on the ISS at Mission Control.

Always Nice folks.   I was amazed at how old / obsolete the computer systems are on it...  

Since every time you see a Sci-Fi show NASA has all sorts of high falutin state of the art computers... (that's how you know the show if Science FICTION    )

It would sure be awesome if we could get up and back to the ISS on our own, instead of having to beg an Uber from Russia to come or go...

THAT is the REAL "Russia Scandal" in my own humble opinion...
Link Posted: 7/28/2017 7:08:52 AM EDT
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Link Posted: 7/28/2017 7:19:52 AM EDT
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That would be cool! I never even thought about seeing something like that.

One of my favorite things to do with NVG's is watch satellites fly over.
Link Posted: 7/28/2017 7:23:51 AM EDT
[#21]
Got to see the space shuttle re-enter the atmosphere above Austin one day. Middle of the day and it was glowing so bright. Very impressive.
Link Posted: 7/28/2017 7:36:57 AM EDT
[#22]
I try to watch it everytime it goes over

Its usually cloudy though
Link Posted: 7/28/2017 8:59:18 AM EDT
[#23]
Saw it a couple of times this week. Good weather helps! I use ISS Finder on my iPhone. It is accurate as heck. Pretty cool standing in my driveway watching it fly overhead. I especially like it when it occasionally fades from sight as it passes into Earth's shadow. I've only seen that once.
Link Posted: 7/28/2017 9:02:31 AM EDT
[#24]
@fredman has some great shots of transits
Link Posted: 7/28/2017 9:03:54 AM EDT
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This.

For me it was Discovery, on its final mission, after I returned from watching the launch. I believe it was the final 2 orbits Discovery would make over my area.
Link Posted: 7/28/2017 11:48:17 AM EDT
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I work with a lot of people who work on the ISS at Mission Control.

Always Nice folks.   I was amazed at how old / obsolete the computer systems are on it...  

Since every time you see a Sci-Fi show NASA has all sorts of high falutin state of the art computers... (that's how you know the show if Science FICTION    )

It would sure be awesome if we could get up and back to the ISS on our own, instead of having to beg an Uber from Russia to come or go...

THAT is the REAL "Russia Scandal" in my own humble opinion...
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We will .... I have no idea why this isn't promoted more  

SLS
Link Posted: 7/28/2017 12:00:17 PM EDT
[#27]
I recently got to spend some time on the floor at mission control watching the ISS, it was pretty cool.



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Link Posted: 7/28/2017 12:06:07 PM EDT
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Link Posted: 7/28/2017 12:17:00 PM EDT
[#29]
I like this site for timing the ISS passes.
Current position etc.
Link Posted: 7/28/2017 5:50:20 PM EDT
[#30]
NASA Live: Official Stream of NASA TV



Live Now.  Soyuz which launched this morning docking to the ISS.
Link Posted: 7/28/2017 5:51:38 PM EDT
[#31]
I once caught it for a few seconds in a 90 mm telescope at about 30x magnification.  It was spectacular, the solar panels clearly visible.
Link Posted: 7/28/2017 6:12:04 PM EDT
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Did somebody say ISS Transit?  My specialty

Crappy picture of the ISS itself. Damn thing is hard to photograph.  Or maybe it's a TIE Fighter.
ISS by FredMan, on Flickr

ISS Stack 2016-10-16_01 by FredMan, on Flickr

ISS Transit 2016-10-17 by FredMan, on Flickr

ISS Transit 20121201 Depart by FredMan, on Flickr

ISS Transit 20161220 Edit by FredMan, on Flickr

ISS Transit 20170130 by FredMan, on Flickr

ISS Transit 20170202 by FredMan, on Flickr

ISS Transit 20170525 by FredMan, on Flickr

ISS Transit 20170526 by FredMan, on Flickr

And my piece de resistance, a Big Island Hawaii transit.
Big Island ISS Transit 20170227 by FredMan, on Flickr

And hell, for good measure, here's a rocket launch out of Wallops.  Gap is the coasting period between the 1st and 2nd stages.
DSC_9327_01_Antares Launch 2016-10-17 by FredMan, on Flickr
Link Posted: 7/29/2017 12:06:46 AM EDT
[#33]
I think I just saw it north of here in the night sky! Pretty cool.
Link Posted: 7/29/2017 12:23:35 AM EDT
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I miss seeing that.
Link Posted: 7/29/2017 4:41:37 AM EDT
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https://spotthestation.nasa.gov/

Sign up for text alerts for your location. Has been fun for us and is spot on for times. 
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I was signed up for that last year and saw the ISS a bunch of times. It is always neat to watch it appear and disappear.
Link Posted: 7/29/2017 10:12:46 PM EDT
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Tonight's transit.  Low on the horizon (11 degrees).  About 4/10 the way up the frame, flat faint arc.  Moon was out, sun was kicking up the last vestiges of the day, and light pollution from the shopping complex 7 miles west.

Last night was perfect; almost directly overhead.  But I didn't check the website and had just got done shooting the sunset so the camera wasn't set up.

ISS Transit 20170729 by FredMan, on Flickr
Link Posted: 8/23/2017 6:51:21 PM EDT
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Not long after I got my ham ticket in 97, I was able to hear a pre-recorded message in several languages from this.




RS-17 was a scale model satellite built by high school students to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the launching of Sputnik I.  It was launched by hand on November 4, 1997 by Russian cosmonauts from the MIR space station.
Link Posted: 8/23/2017 7:06:03 PM EDT
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Anyone know why its orbit is like that?

I'm imagining the map superimposed on the globe, and it still isn't making sense to me.
Link Posted: 8/23/2017 9:04:00 PM EDT
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Anyone know why its orbit is like that?

I'm imagining the map superimposed on the globe, and it still isn't making sense to me.
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I'm not sure why they chose the angle for the orbit they did.  Could be so that the orbit passes over the launch facilities of the various countries that partnered to build it... namely the USA and Russia.

As for why it progresses around and isn't always going over the same places on the ground... The Earth is rotating underneath it. 
Link Posted: 8/23/2017 9:08:59 PM EDT
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Rarely do I get an opportunity to see the Space Station.

Sitting on our back deck cooling down after the day I spotted a very bright light moving steady and fast coming up from the West horizon.
First thing I thought was it has to be the ISS.

As it got directly overhead it was more than just a bright light, you could even see that it had shape !
Man that spacecraft is huge !
The orientation of it with the Sun made it a spectacular sight, fantastic view.

Came in to double check on the "Where is the ISS ?" site, and confirmed that it exactly as I called it.

Yeah I know, CSB, but it was my best viewing of the ISS ever.

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Check out Heavens Above. Tells you when and where to look for all kinds of stuff. 

Check this out
Link Posted: 8/23/2017 9:39:55 PM EDT
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Saw that from Texas several years ago. There is a website called "Spot the Station" It will send location alerts for when it will be visible in your particular AO.

https://spotthestation.nasa.gov
Link Posted: 8/29/2017 8:30:28 PM EDT
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Found this very cool site that will plot ISS transits of the sun and moon.

For you photo buffs out there...

Transit Finder
Link Posted: 8/29/2017 8:35:20 PM EDT
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Link Posted: 8/29/2017 8:41:55 PM EDT
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My wife was outside with the dog the last time the space shuttle undocked from the space station before returning home after its last flight.

Said she saw it streaking across the sky and then the two separated and she saw the burn of the shuttle.
Link Posted: 8/29/2017 8:43:44 PM EDT
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Link Posted: 8/29/2017 8:46:41 PM EDT
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Every once in a while we have chance to be reminded that despite all our petty bullshit, occasionally we as human beings can be pretty cool.




NASA thanks you for your donation
Link Posted: 8/29/2017 8:50:45 PM EDT
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I talked briefly to the MIR on 145.550 in the 1990s while driving using nothing but a 1/4 wave antenna and a 50 watt Kenwood. That was a bit of a surprise.
Link Posted: 8/29/2017 9:01:48 PM EDT
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I wondered if that is what we saw one night. It was very bright. I've seen satellites before but this was lot larger.
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The international space station is huge. It would weigh nearly a million pounds if it was on Earth.
Link Posted: 8/29/2017 9:05:26 PM EDT
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Lucky. I've only seen one shuttle overhead that I'm aware of. It was the breakup of Columbia.
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My wife was outside with the dog the last time the space shuttle undocked from the space station before returning home after its last flight.

Said she saw it streaking across the sky and then the two separated and she saw the burn of the shuttle.
Lucky. I've only seen one shuttle overhead that I'm aware of. It was the breakup of Columbia.
That must have been an every and amazing things no to see.  RIP

She didn't realize what she saw until she came in and saw a news story that the space shuttle just had undocked from the ISS for the last time.  Screw you obama.
Link Posted: 8/29/2017 9:09:25 PM EDT
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I talked briefly to the MIR on 145.550 in the 1990s while driving using nothing but a 1/4 wave antenna and a 50 watt Kenwood. That was a bit of a surprise.
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That is some seriously cool shit, if true.



Got to put you on the spot then..... You talked to astronauts, via radio, while they where in orbit?
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