International Space Station crosses the Sun's disk?

Date: Thu Sep 24 2009 - 23:03:52 UTC

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    I thought I would post this interesting message  from the Astro-L list from 
    someone who thinks he might have witnessed a transit  of the ISS across the 
    face of the Sun.  Can anyone here on SeeSat confirm  that he might have 
    made such a sighting?  Mike is located at Berkeley, CA  at 122 degrees 18 
    minute west, 37.9 degrees north. -- joe  rao
    Fellow Astros: 
    I was out looking at the sun and the new  sunspots currently on the disc 
    with my 3.5-inch Questar when I was astounded to  see what I think was the 
    International Space Station crossing the surface. It  took me by surprise, to 
    say the least, but I regained enough of my composure to  determin that what 
    ever it was made it’s way across the sun in about two  seconds. It appeared 
    about the size of a very large sunspot group, maybe an  arcminute and a half 
    across. I did see what looked to be solar pannels,  photovoltic arrays, on 
    either side of what seemed to be a cylindrical looking  body. 
    The sighting occurred at 11:37 a.m. PDT, Sept. 23, 2009,  and with the help 
    of my wife, I determined the approximate timing of the event  by checking 
    her watch, the only time piece around, with WWV. 
    Anyone know how I could fing out the fly-over time of the station? I would  
    like to verify the sighting, or at least determine that it was not the 
    station.  Thanks. 
    Mike Gardner  
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