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central

16,733 posts

124 months

Sunday 21st October 2007
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Will it show again tonight?

AngryS3Owner

15,855 posts

136 months

Sunday 21st October 2007
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Silly question here, but what did it actually look like to the naked eye. I could see something last night, it was like a VERY high plane with two fixed lights at each end but it seemed to be leaving a trail so I'm guessing it was actually a plane? confused Anyone got any pics?

drive2tractors

470 posts

171 months

Sunday 21st October 2007
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central said:
Will it show again tonight?
The data for Kettering shows visible tomorrow from 19:27:17 to 19:27:39 so not for long. Look at www.heavens-above.com log on and set your location. Try the link in my above post and this will show shuttle sightings if they launch.
Andrew

drive2tractors

470 posts

171 months

Sunday 21st October 2007
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AngryS3Owner said:
Silly question here, but what did it actually look like to the naked eye. I could see something last night, it was like a VERY high plane with two fixed lights at each end but it seemed to be leaving a trail so I'm guessing it was actually a plane? confused Anyone got any pics?
Looked like a largeish bright light travelling across the sky like a jet. No flashing lights or trails just a constant bright spot, no detail visible but knowing what it is makes it exciting!!
Andrew

central

16,733 posts

124 months

Sunday 21st October 2007
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drive2tractors said:
central said:
Will it show again tonight?
The data for Kettering shows visible tomorrow from 19:27:17 to 19:27:39 so not for long. Look at www.heavens-above.com log on and set your location. Try the link in my above post and this will show shuttle sightings if they launch.
Andrew
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Yertis

12,989 posts

173 months

Sunday 21st October 2007
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I have a fairly powerful reflector telescope which I occsionally use to gaze at the stars (The Pleiades are my favourites nerd) . I've trained it onto this space station in the past and to save you the trouble it looks like this:


Eric Mc

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87,735 posts

172 months

Monday 22nd October 2007
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To the naked eye and even in binoculars it only shows up as a bright dot. With a proper tracked telescope and camera set up some very good amateur shots of the ISS and Shuttle have been obtained. These photos appear from time to time in the various astronomy mags and it's amazing the detail they can pick up.

Racefan_uk

2,935 posts

163 months

Monday 22nd October 2007
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Eric Mc said:
To the naked eye and even in binoculars it only shows up as a bright dot. With a proper tracked telescope and camera set up some very good amateur shots of the ISS and Shuttle have been obtained. These photos appear from time to time in the various astronomy mags and it's amazing the detail they can pick up.
Any online links to any of these Eric?

schuey

650 posts

117 months

Monday 22nd October 2007
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Yertis said:
I have a fairly powerful reflector telescope which I occsionally use to gaze at the stars (The Pleiades are my favourites nerd) . I've trained it onto this space station in the past and to save you the trouble it looks like this:

Looks a tidy bit of engineering that. Must have some ex MG guys working for them!

jmorgan

25,020 posts

191 months

Monday 22nd October 2007
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Re images. I have seen a corker of the ISS being chased by the shuttle crossing the sun.

!!Obviously the usual do not look at the sun especially through optics applies. Unless you know what yo are doing and have the correct gear!!!

Can't find the link at the moment.

Eric Mc

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87,735 posts

172 months

Monday 22nd October 2007
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I did a search on the Internet a while ago for ground based shots of the Shuttle and the ISS and came up with nothing. All the images I've seen have been in magazines. The BBC's "Sky at Night" magazine is usually good for high quality images.

jmorgan

25,020 posts

191 months

Monday 22nd October 2007
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Here is one crossing the sun
Link

Edited to add, its from this site which is well worth a look.
http://www.astrophoto.fr/index.html

Edited by jmorgan on Monday 22 October 13:13


Edited by jmorgan on Monday 22 October 13:20

central

16,733 posts

124 months

Monday 22nd October 2007
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central said:
drive2tractors said:
central said:
Will it show again tonight?
The data for Kettering shows visible tomorrow from 19:27:17 to 19:27:39 so not for long. Look at www.heavens-above.com log on and set your location. Try the link in my above post and this will show shuttle sightings if they launch.
Andrew
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Anyone see it?

Eric Mc

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87,735 posts

172 months

Sunday 16th December 2007
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Another pass overhead Southern England in about 1 1/2 hours (17.19 pm).

Should be very bright

Road Pest

3,115 posts

105 months

Sunday 16th December 2007
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Heaven's above star chart doesn't quite match mine. Am in Leicester I take it we can see it overhead too?

Eric Mc

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87,735 posts

172 months

Sunday 16th December 2007
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Won't be as overhead as here in Farnborough, Hants but it should still be fairly high in the sky.

Road Pest

3,115 posts

105 months

Sunday 16th December 2007
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Is it easy to view with telescope or not worth trying?

Hedders

18,363 posts

154 months

Sunday 16th December 2007
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Road Pest said:
Is it easy to view with telescope or not worth trying?
You should see it very easily without one! It will be a bright dot moving across the sky at a similar speed to how a jetliner looks.


Eric Mc

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87,735 posts

172 months

Sunday 16th December 2007
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Mk1 eyeball is best fort ISS viewing.

Road Pest

3,115 posts

105 months

Sunday 16th December 2007
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Won't bother cracking open the christmas present then while the wife is sleeping ...