Bright ISS and Shuttle through clouds

From: Robert Holdsworth (
Date: Fri May 21 2010 - 18:40:28 UTC

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    At 1757 UTC we had an overhead  shadow exit pass of the ISS/STS complex.  It was due to pass close to Jupiter (in front of it for some locations not far from here!) 
    Conditions were very poor, I saw Jupiter very briefly but it disappeared into cloud before the pass.
    The complex was easily visible 1x for a few second at and just after culmination, despite nothing else being visible at all.  Calsky predicted  -4.5 mag but to get through the cloud so clearly I suspect it was much brighter, possibly even -6. 
    I am pleased to report that through Facebook our local observatory is continuing to encourage observation of the ISS, and I have been adding further details.  Hopefully at least some will have their interest aroused to look at further objects, I will certainly do all I can to encourage that!  Now to wait for a suitable solar or lunar transit and ask nicely about using their telescope maybe :-)   
    Robert Holdsworth
    New Zealand 
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