ISS through cloud

From: Robert Holdsworth (
Date: Fri Jun 13 2008 - 20:34:44 UTC

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    In very poor conditions this morning at dawn with about 90 percent cloud I 
    decided I would take a look for ITS/STS-124 anyway.  (I was encouraged to do 
    this after a brief sighting yesterday when they broke through clouds briefly 
    at culmination- I have submitted a brief movie of what I believe to be 
    STS-124 to
    Sure enough at 1852 UTC this morning (not exact) I saw a brief flare through 
    the clouds at the right elevation and time just before expected culmination. 
    Predicted mag of the ISS was -3.3 but in view of the thickness of cloud I 
    suspect it may have flared much brighter than that for visibility to be 
    Sighting of STS-124 was impossible,as was a Cosmo-Skymed 1 flare: in clear 
    skies this could have been nice with the ISS due to pass at the same time 
    and direction as the flare, though at different elevations, followed by 
    Robert Holdsworth
    New Zealand
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