NASA Quotes Thomas Fly on ISS - Jupiter conjunction/transit/eclipse

From: Ted Molczan (
Date: Thu May 13 2004 - 02:31:08 EDT

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    Congratulations Tom!
    I have appended the URL and an excerpt from NASA's article.
    Ted Molczan
    May 12, 2004: On May 13th, weather permitting, sky watchers up and down the US
    east coast can see the International Space Station (ISS) glide by the planet
    Jupiter. The ISS looks like a slow-moving meteor, as bright as Jupiter itself.
    When the two converge ... it's going to be beautiful. 
    The encounter will be widely visible from Alabama, Georgia, parts of North
    Carolina and Tennessee, Washington D.C., West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and all
    the states of New England. Most people in those areas will see the ISS pass mere
    degrees from Jupiter. A few observers are going to see the station actually
    eclipse the giant planet. 
    The "path of totality," only about 80-meters wide, runs from Alabama to Maine.
    Viewed from inside this narrow corridor, the space station will pass right in
    front of Jupiter. It only takes a split-second for the ISS to cross the planet,
    but during that instant, Jupiter's cloud belts and its largest moons will wink
    in and out among the station's gangly solar arrays and modules. 
    Space station transit expert Thomas Fly has prepared an ephemeris for this
    encounter: Click to view a list of times, latitudes and longitudes where the
    Jupiter-eclipse can be observed:
    If you want to get inside the path of totality, try using a GPS receiver to
    guide you to the listed coordinates.
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