Re: Morning Pass Of ISS

From: Ed Davies (
Date: Fri Apr 27 2001 - 08:11:36 PDT

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    Steve Adams wrote:
    > BTW - What an incredible sight Venus is in the southern sky at the moment! -
    > It almost looks bright enough to be seen in broad daylight.
    Venus is bright enough to be seen in broad daylight.  A more serious 
    than me amateur astronomer friend pointed it out to a group of us at 
    my gliding club launch point a few weeks ago at around midday.  He knew 
    where to look, of course.
    I think it helped a bit that there was a band of high cloud close by 
    allowing the eye to focus properly.  In a completely blue sky it is
    harder to pick out such small points if your eyes aren't quite 
    focussed properly.
    Through binoculars Venus showed a crescent quite nicely.
    I was looking for Jupiter the other evening (a few days before the
    STS-100 launch) just after sunset - mainly to try to estimate the 
    earliest time at which it would be at all sensible to try looking for 
    the ISS and/or shuttle (the STS-100 orbiter and ET were seen from parts 
    of Europe but it was just too light here to have a chance).  Even having 
    found Jupiter, without any other reference nearby, I still had to search 
    a bit to find it again a minute or two later.
    As it turned out, I was under a big shower as the STS-100 launch
    went by.  The weather cleared up and I saw the ISS on the next pass
    but by the time the orbiter came round again the orbit plane was 
    well to the south west and encrouching cloud from that direction
    blocked the view.
    Ed Davies
    High Wycombe, England.  N51.608 W000.805.
    P.S: I glad I'm not the only one who has trouble with spelling
    words like "Satellite".  I never could get the hang of double
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