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Old August 7 2013, 02:24 AM   #1
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Viewing the ISS

I know this is going to sound dopey, but I'm so excited. I just got to see the International Space Station for the first time. It actually made me giddy as I watched it rise above the horizon in the South West situated between Saturn and Antares in the sky. I tracked it across as it disappeared, it seemed so close, like I could touch it.

I signed up to get email updates as to when the ISS would be visible. When I lived down on Long Island, forget about it. With the light spill and all, I never got a chance. However up here in Syracuse where there is hardly any, the sky watching and use of a telescope is simply amazing. Now I want to upgrade my telescope to take advantage of it.
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Old August 7 2013, 04:36 AM   #2
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Re: Viewing the ISS

The reflection off those huge solar panels is pretty bright. If you can see any stars through the local light pollution you should be able to see the ISS. Magnitude is usually a negative value (very bright). It's nearly as bright as Venus. Viewing opportunities occur before sunrise or after sunset when the station, at its greater altitude, is still or already illuminated by sunlight. Watch for a rapidly moving bright pinpoint of light.

Link to a page that predicts viewing opportunities for the US and Canada (enter your zip or postal code):
http://www.spaceweather.com/flybys/

The site includes the direction to look and angle above the horizon. Some other orbiting objects are listed, but few if any approch the brighness of the ISS. Your location will probably not have viewing opportunities every evening or morning.

With the high inclination of the station's orbit its not unusual for Cape Canaveral nighttime supply launches to be visible from points near the mid-Atlantic coast of the US. I've already seen one Dragon Cargo launch from SE Virginia. After watching the liftoff on NASA TV I go out in the driveway and watch the rocket go by a few minutes later.
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Old August 7 2013, 06:21 PM   #3
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Re: Viewing the ISS

I saw it Sunday evening, too. I had only just stepped outside for a few minutes of stargazing and there it was.

http://www.isstracker.com/
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Old August 7 2013, 07:39 PM   #4
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Very cool. What type of setup do you have?
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Old August 8 2013, 11:06 PM   #5
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Not at all, Last month it was over my area for a few night. Made both the kids come out and watch it go over heard. One of the nights it was almost right over head.
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Old August 9 2013, 01:58 AM   #6
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I watch it every time it comes over and it never gets old.
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Old August 9 2013, 05:13 AM   #7
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Re: Viewing the ISS

Tom Hendricks wrote: View Post
I know this is going to sound dopey, but I'm so excited. I just got to see the International Space Station for the first time. It actually made me giddy as I watched it rise above the horizon in the South West situated between Saturn and Antares in the sky. I tracked it across as it disappeared, it seemed so close, like I could touch it.

I signed up to get email updates as to when the ISS would be visible. When I lived down on Long Island, forget about it. With the light spill and all, I never got a chance. However up here in Syracuse where there is hardly any, the sky watching and use of a telescope is simply amazing. Now I want to upgrade my telescope to take advantage of it.
I don't know that they do email notifications, but input your info and, besides ISS flyover times for your location, this site will tell you when you'll be able to view a number of other orbiting and astronomical goodies:

http://www.heavens-above.com/
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