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Old 10-02-2017, 09:12 PM   #1
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Default Strange object in the sky Saturday night

Did anyone else see it? Flew over the lake around 7:30 in an easterly direction. Seemed to be illuminated by the sun as it stayed brightly lit through it's travel.
Satellite...Hubble telescope...space station?



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Old 10-03-2017, 07:40 AM   #2
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If I may suggest your time is a little off, this could certainly be the International Space Station. The link below lists sighting opportunities from Meredith, all visible with the naked eye. I copied part of the list below; the current orbit makes sightings very regular right now. If you want, you can sign up for e-mail alerts when sightings are in your area.

https://spotthestation.nasa.gov/sigh...h#.WdNzlFuPLn8



The following ISS sightings are possible from Wednesday Sep 27, 2017 through Friday Oct 6, 2017

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears
Wed Sep 27, 7:45 PM 5 min 78 10 above SW 24 above ENE
Thu Sep 28, 6:54 PM 6 min 42 10 above SSW 10 above ENE
Thu Sep 28, 8:32 PM 1 min 33 23 above WNW 33 above NNW
Fri Sep 29, 7:40 PM 4 min 50 32 above W 15 above NE
Sat Sep 30, 6:50 PM 2 min 38 38 above NE 11 above ENE
Sat Sep 30, 8:24 PM 2 min 23 19 above NW 23 above N

Sun Oct 1, 7:32 PM 4 min 30 24 above NW 11 above NE
Sun Oct 1, 9:08 PM < 1 min 12 12 above NW 12 above NW
Mon Oct 2, 8:16 PM 2 min 20 14 above NW 20 above N
Tue Oct 3, 7:24 PM 4 min 22 16 above NW 10 above NE
Tue Oct 3, 9:00 PM < 1 min 12 11 above NW 12 above NW
Wed Oct 4, 8:08 PM 2 min 19 12 above NW 19 above N
Thu Oct 5, 7:16 PM 4 min 19 12 above NW 11 above NE
Thu Oct 5, 8:53 PM < 1 min 13 11 above NW 13 above NW
Fri Oct 6, 8:00 PM 2 min 22 11 above NW 22 above N
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Old 10-03-2017, 10:37 AM   #3
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If I may suggest your time is a little off, this could certainly be the International Space Station. The link below lists sighting opportunities from Meredith, all visible with the naked eye. I copied part of the list below; the current orbit makes sightings very regular right now. If you want, you can sign up for e-mail alerts when sightings are in your area.

https://spotthestation.nasa.gov/sigh...h#.WdNzlFuPLn8



The following ISS sightings are possible from Wednesday Sep 27, 2017 through Friday Oct 6, 2017

DateVisibleMax HeightAppearsDisappears
Wed Sep 27, 7:45 PM5 min7810 above SW24 above ENE
Thu Sep 28, 6:54 PM6 min4210 above SSW10 above ENE
Thu Sep 28, 8:32 PM1 min3323 above WNW33 above NNW
Fri Sep 29, 7:40 PM4 min5032 above W15 above NE
Sat Sep 30, 6:50 PM2 min3838 above NE11 above ENE
Sat Sep 30, 8:24 PM2 min2319 above NW23 above N

Sun Oct 1, 7:32 PM4 min3024 above NW11 above NE
Sun Oct 1, 9:08 PM< 1 min1212 above NW12 above NW
Mon Oct 2, 8:16 PM2 min2014 above NW20 above N
Tue Oct 3, 7:24 PM4 min2216 above NW10 above NE
Tue Oct 3, 9:00 PM< 1 min1211 above NW12 above NW
Wed Oct 4, 8:08 PM2 min1912 above NW19 above N
Thu Oct 5, 7:16 PM4 min1912 above NW11 above NE
Thu Oct 5, 8:53 PM< 1 min1311 above NW13 above NW
Fri Oct 6, 8:00 PM2 min2211 above NW22 above N
That's because sat. night I was at the Chicago concert at Meadowbrook...Sunday evening is when I was observing the sky! Thanks for the info!!

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Old 10-03-2017, 11:21 AM   #4
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Default Strange Object in Sky

You know, I saw this! The sun gleaming off it caught my eye, and I wondered if I was seeing some jet. But there was no trail, and it just didn't move like a jet.
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Old 10-03-2017, 01:08 PM   #5
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We saw it too, despite the clouds. But we were watching for it.
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That's because sat. night I was at the Chicago concert at Meadowbrook...Sunday evening is when I was observing the sky! Thanks for the info!!
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Old 10-04-2017, 05:04 PM   #7
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If I may suggest your time is a little off, this could certainly be the International Space Station. The link below lists sighting opportunities from Meredith, all visible with the naked eye. I copied part of the list below; the current orbit makes sightings very regular right now. If you want, you can sign up for e-mail alerts when sightings are in your area.

https://spotthestation.nasa.gov/sigh...h#.WdNzlFuPLn8



The following ISS sightings are possible from Wednesday Sep 27, 2017 through Friday Oct 6, 2017

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears
Wed Sep 27, 7:45 PM 5 min 78 10 above SW 24 above ENE
Thu Sep 28, 6:54 PM 6 min 42 10 above SSW 10 above ENE
Thu Sep 28, 8:32 PM 1 min 33 23 above WNW 33 above NNW
Fri Sep 29, 7:40 PM 4 min 50 32 above W 15 above NE
Sat Sep 30, 6:50 PM 2 min 38 38 above NE 11 above ENE
Sat Sep 30, 8:24 PM 2 min 23 19 above NW 23 above N

Sun Oct 1, 7:32 PM 4 min 30 24 above NW 11 above NE
Sun Oct 1, 9:08 PM < 1 min 12 12 above NW 12 above NW
Mon Oct 2, 8:16 PM 2 min 20 14 above NW 20 above N
Tue Oct 3, 7:24 PM 4 min 22 16 above NW 10 above NE
Tue Oct 3, 9:00 PM < 1 min 12 11 above NW 12 above NW
Wed Oct 4, 8:08 PM 2 min 19 12 above NW 19 above N
Thu Oct 5, 7:16 PM 4 min 19 12 above NW 11 above NE
Thu Oct 5, 8:53 PM < 1 min 13 11 above NW 13 above NW
Fri Oct 6, 8:00 PM 2 min 22 11 above NW 22 above N


For us rookies. Living in New Hampton, where in the sky would you be looking according to that Lat/long? Thank You.
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Old 10-04-2017, 05:51 PM   #8
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From our dock on East Bear Island yesterday, we watched the ISS on its early evening flight over Red Hill to the north until it faded out over Mt. Shaw to the east. 🐻
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Old 10-05-2017, 04:24 AM   #9
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We use an APP called Sky Guide. it actually sends you notifications right before it flies over and shows you the path. Very cool when you are out by the fire.


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For us rookies. Living in New Hampton, where in the sky would you be looking according to that Lat/long? Thank You.
I recommend having a look at the guide on the left side of the link below. In short, you'd use the compass directions to figure out what part of the sky to look in, and use the altitude numbers to estimate how far above the horizon the visible range is.

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Very easy to distinguish if something is a jet. All aircraft will have flashing lights. The ISS is not only visible with the naked eye, it is the brightest object in the sky and very easy to view. This Sunday is a real good viewing time as the ISS will be pretty high above the horizon(65 degrees with 90 being straight overhead. It is also a pretty long view of 4 minutes. Also Friday the 13th has a great one. Here is one link to check out upcoming viewing. NASA is usually my go to. This one has Manchester plugged in for me.
https://spotthestation.nasa.gov/sigh...r#.Wd-Bluk5CUk
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Old 10-12-2017, 12:23 PM   #12
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The ISS is so bright, it can also be seen in the daytime when it passes overhead on a clear day. Just most people don't notice it or assume it's a jet. Just check the schedule for an overhead daytime pass and be amazed.
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Old 10-12-2017, 07:15 PM   #13
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I got the ISS Detector app for my phone ... it is amazing how many and how often things are passing over and more amazing that I've never noticed. My wife is always accusing me of staring off into space...you'd think I would have seen SOMETHING!

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Old 10-12-2017, 08:11 PM   #14
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Thanks for the information everyone. Went out at 7:38 tonight and thoroughly enjoyed the fly over!
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Old 10-12-2017, 08:18 PM   #15
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I remember seeing the space shuttle pass overhead maybe 15 years ago and was amazed at how bright and how close it seemed. Recently, I went online using the link in one of the first posts and signed up for text alerts (thank you for posting the link). I didn't think I'd actually see the ISS for whatever reason but thought I'd give it a try. The first few attempts were not successful. It was either cloudy or assumed it flew so low in the sky that the trees blocked the view but tonight I was sure I'd have luck. Tonight it was high in the sky (81 degrees, 90 being straight up) and visible for 2 minutes. I convinced all three kids (18 to 13 y.o.) that we were going to see it and sure enough it appeared - exactly where we thought it would at the exact time it was supposed to. We were looking in the right direction at the right angle and were amazed - all of us. It appeared coming over the tree line and disappeared just past overhead. I though it would disappear at the opposite tree line, over the horizon but it was mid sky. VERY cool to see it just fade out and even cooler that my kids enjoyed it as much as I did. I guess we're all still kids when it comes to that kind of stuff. Amazing.
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. It appeared coming over the tree line and disappeared just past overhead. I though it would disappear at the opposite tree line, over the horizon but it was mid sky. VERY cool to see it just fade out and even cooler that my kids enjoyed it as much as I did. I guess we're all still kids when it comes to that kind of stuff. Amazing.
It depends on the relationship of the sun whether you see it the whole horizon to horizon. By that I mean the time it passes because the lower the sun drops behind earth the light shining on the ISS will be blocked by the earth. Which is why there is a big range of visible viewing. I think the longest I have seen it was near 7 minutes with it passing almost directly overhead(90 degrees). That is usually not long after sunset or not long before sunrise.
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