ISS and Comet Swan

From: Gerhard HOLTKAMP (
Date: Sun Oct 29 2006 - 16:41:10 EST

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    I don't know what you can make of it photograhically but over the next few 
    days a number of observers can expect to see the ISS pass closely by comet 
    Swan. As an example on Tuesday, 31-OCT-06 the ISS will pass directly in front 
    of comet Swan along a line from south of Birmingham and north of London, 
    England (17:48:38 UTC) via Antwerp, Belgium and Cologne, Germany (17:49:42) 
    to Plzen, Czech Republic 17:50:44. (It's still fairly bright in England at the 
    time for the comet though.) A few hours later Vancouver, Canada gets 
    the honour at 2:58:30 UTC, 1-NOV-06. It's not as critical as a solar transit 
    - you can easily be 50 km away from the line and still see an interestingly 
    close pass. 
    It is probably best if you check whether over the next few days the ISS passes 
    through the constellation Hercules as viewed from your location and maybe 
    take a closer look with a planetarium program to see how the pass will look 
    like to get you prepared for it.
    Gerhard HOLTKAMP
    Darmstadt, Germany
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