ISS This Morning

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   This morning I braved the chilly temperature and caught the International Space Station as it orbited a little to the north over my space on the surface.

         A great way to start the end of the year!

   This graphic is a screenshot from my cellphone showing the display from ISS Detector, an extremely useful APP for Android and IOS and tablets like my Kindle Fire.
   
   
   

   The track across the sky lasted about 7 minutes. It started in the west and then followed a path between the two ‘Dippers’ passing the Pointer Stars in the Big Dipper on the way toward Polaris, the North Star.

   
   
   Camera Settings: 18 mm; 3.5 sec. F5.6; ISO 1600

   
   
   

Click here to go to the Qué tal in the Current Skies web site for monthly observing information, or here to return to bobs-spaces.

ISS This Evening

   Despite a temperature of 6oF and standing in a couple of inches of snow it was worth it as Venus and Mars shined brightly over my neighbor’s laser light show and I waited patiently for an ISS orbit over my home this evening. This orbit had the International Space Station rising in the northwest and setting in the southeast in a 6-minute visibility that took it nearly to the zenith with its maximum altitude of 85o above the horizon. It’s orbital track had the ISS pass along one side of the ‘Summer Triangle’, the stars Vega and Deneb. As it nears the zenith the ISS will pass very close to the star Alpheratz, the upper left corner star of the asterism “Square of Pegasus”. Alpheratz is actually a star in the constellation of Andromeda the Princess, but it it is commonly used to complete the ‘Square of Pegasus” asterism.

   Camera settings were 18mm; ISO 800; F6.0; 3.2 sec. Pictures stacked using StarStaX. StarStaX is available as Freeware for Mac OS X, Windows and Linux.

   
   
   

Click here to go to the Qué tal in the Current Skies web site for monthly observing information, or here to return to bobs-spaces.

ISS This Evening

   This evening, Thursday December 1st, the International Space Station, ISS, did another orbit over my part of the world as it first appeared in the southwest near the setting waxing crescent Moon. It climbed to nearly straight overhead as it passed by the stars of Delphinus the Dolphin, Sagitta the Arrow, and Deneb in the Cygnus the Swan, until it passed out of my camera’s field of view. I continued to watch it cruise past the stars of Cassiopeia the Queen high over the northeast horizon.

   This was my first time for seeing the entire flyover from when the ISS appeared in the southwest until it faded out near Cassiopeia. Pretty cool.
   Camera settings: 21 stacked pictures at 18mm; ISO 1600; f3.5; 3.5 sec; at 2 second intervals.
   

   
   
   

Click here to go to the Qué tal in the Current Skies web site for monthly observing information, or here to return to bobs-spaces.

ISS Flyover This Evening


   The ISS, International Space Station made an appearance over the southwestern horizon this evening. As this map from the Heavens-Above web site illustrates the path the ISS will follow – which it did. (see below)

   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   Here is a stacked sequence of 30 pictures showing the path the ISS followed as well as Venus, Mars, and the stars of Capricornus the Sea Goat. All pictures were taken at: 18 mm; 2 sec.; ISO 1600; f3.5

   
   
   

Click here to go to the Qué tal in the Current Skies web site for monthly observing information, or here to return to bobs-spaces.

It Was An EarthKam Week

   This past week was an EarthKam week. During the week participants are able to view the daytime orbital path for the International Space Station and request a picture to be taken of whatever the ISS happens to be passing over. This could be your hometown if the ISS happens to have an orbit that passes over where you live. The one time, so far, that there was an orbit over where I live we had completely overcast skies and rain. Nonetheless as you can see from these pictures, there is a lot of the Earth to see from the perspective of the International Space Station.
    Click on any picture to see it, or any of the rest of the pictures larger. The picture may also be viewed at its full size, which for some pictures will show an amazing amount of detail. If you are familiar with Tucson Arizona look at the picture labeled tanque verde and speedway.

   
   
   

Click here to go to the Qué tal in the Current Skies web site for monthly observing information, or here to return to bobs-spaces.

ISS and a Flare – Will the Skies Be Clear?

Iridium Flare

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   Wednesday evening October 19th there will be an opportunity to see the International Space Station fly overhead and a few minutes later see an ‘Iridium Flare’. However, for those that know me from the classroom at Longview College or workshops you also know most of the times I have made a viewing recommendation there is a good chance it will rain, snow, or just be overcast. Hopefully this will not apply to Wednesday evening.

   Using the very reliable Heavens Above web site you could set it for your home location if you do not live in the Kansas City area and see if you will be able to see this event or others on future dates.
   Use this link to see a live video view of the Earth from the ISS during its daytime periods. You may even get to see a sunrise or sunset. This graphic was just a few minutes ago as I was writing this posting.

   
   
   

Click here to go to the Qué tal in the Current Skies web site for monthly observing information, or here to return to bobs-spaces.

ISS – From Mars to Altair

   Friday evening around 7:30 pm CDT the ISS, International Space Station, passed over my part of the world traveling from the southwest to the northeast. This particular orbit carried the ISS past Mars and the star Altair in Aquila the Eagle. This picture is composed of 26 individual pictures stacked together with all pictures having the same settings of: 18 mm; f/6.3; 1.6 sec.; ISO-400.

iss-tracker-ani   One of the ways I prepare for a flyover is to use an App, ISS Detector, on my phone or online with Heavens-Above and NASA’s ISS Sightings. These screenshots of the ISS Detector APP are showing the position of the ISS as it approaches my location – the red dot. The ISS is visible from anywhere within the circle around the ISS icon. When the edge of the circle reaches the red dot the ISS has just risen above my local horizon.

   
   
   
   
   

Click here to go to the Qué tal in the Current Skies web site for monthly observing information, or here to return to bobs-spaces.