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At 6:03pm EST tonight Cloudy and I got to see the ISS traveling across the sky with our naked eyes.
We have been following it for quite some time and it has rather odd hours as to when it is visible, but when it is its awesome to think how fast it is going and how many souls are aboard it... If you are interested you can visit "Spaceweather.com" and click in "Flybys" then just enter your zip code and it is all figured out for you in a very easy to read, dated, format... It will tell you what time, how bright, which direction to look, ect...We hope you get to enjoy the show....
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For me, on the 11th.
ISS 05:13:02 pm W 05:15:06pm 29° -2.2 (very bright)
Have you ever seen it Bill N.Y.? If not take your kids or whoever is around and it will be easier to spot with more eyes looking... It looks like a bright star but is moving WAY to fast... Sometimes it "hides" on the horizon due to haze, but you'll see it above the horizon for sure... It has about a 5 minute crossing time from horizon to horizon, and will be very easy to identify if its not cloudy out...
The ISS (International Sapce Ststion) will be visible with the naked eye again in the early evening next week from Tues through Sat, in North Eastern United States... To check if it is visible from your location just go to
then arrow down to "Sattelite Flybys" then enter your zip code and the site will tell you what time and which direction to look for it... It is very accurate and takes all the work out of figguring all that stuff out...
Would 85 0/0 mean almost straight up? And does magnitude go up with higher numbers? Dim is 3.4 and visible is 2.0 but which is brighter?
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Magnitude 6 was about the limit of good eyes, clear and dark skies. Brighter targets have smaller numbers and negative numbers are used for really bright objects. I'm not sure about the 85 0/0 question, 85%? The elevations are given in degrees above the horizon. This is a very robust site, if you mouse over the headings you get additional info and if you click the satellite an information box appears.
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Satellite Rise time Direction to look Transit time Max elevation Magnitude
TRMM 05:45:50 am N 05:48:52am 35° 3.4 (dim)
Hubble Space Telescope 06:30:15 pm W 06:32:32pm 85° 2.0 (visible)
Hubble Space Telescope 08:09:16 pm W 08:12:37pm 32° 3.6 (dim)
What I'm wondering is 85 degrees only 5 off of straight up? If so we should be able to see the Hubble tonight.
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The Hubble will not be visible from NE US but starting Friday early AM (around 6:30) the ISS will be visible again for a few days in a row from my location... The smaller the number the brighter the object... I believe a full moon registers around -13... When the ISS is at -3 it is VERY visible in a clear sky... And yes Danny 90% would be straight overhead... The more eyes (people) you have near you the easier it will be to spot... It looks just like a very bright star except it is travelling very fast and lasts approx. 5 to 6 min's from horizon to horizon...GL with your viewing..
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