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« Reply #180 on: September 07, 2020, 05:55:17 PM »

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« Reply #181 on: September 08, 2020, 03:01:12 AM »

Great shots, Vic!  Mars and the Moon were fun last night.  Watching them dance across the skies all night was pleasant sight.
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« Reply #182 on: October 03, 2020, 04:50:10 AM »

Tonight almost full moon and Mars again, slightly out of focus but that makes Mars stand out better.

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« Reply #183 on: October 03, 2020, 01:28:18 PM »

Mars was very bright last night!
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« Reply #184 on: October 03, 2020, 04:22:36 PM »

Did you see the space station last night? I sat in a lawn chair hoping to see it but no luck. It was to be low on the NW horizon for me so must have been behind the trees. Thinking St. Loo would see it pretty well.
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« Reply #185 on: October 06, 2020, 02:41:29 PM »

I didn't see it last night but tonight it's going to be at 82 degrees  So should be ripe viewing, no clouds tonight.
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« Reply #186 on: October 07, 2020, 02:51:13 AM »

ISS and Mums. I followed the ISS tonight from Rapid City, SD to Savannah, GA.  When I took this picture it was approx over Nashville, TN

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« Reply #187 on: October 07, 2020, 04:02:07 AM »

Very cool picture Maggie. I also saw it very plainly. Watched it disappear as it passed into Earths shadow. Now you have me thinking about attempting a photo similar to yours. 
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« Reply #188 on: October 07, 2020, 03:10:03 PM »

Thanks, Vic.  It was super bright last night!
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« Reply #189 on: October 14, 2020, 12:51:13 AM »

Watching the weather news just now. They are saying that Mars is at it's brightest tonight. Very clear here.
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« Reply #190 on: October 14, 2020, 03:16:20 AM »

Super bright here

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« Reply #191 on: October 16, 2020, 03:44:53 AM »

Now I have a question for all you night sky watchers. Last night, watching for a string of satellites something quite interesting happened. I've had very little luck seeing them here but sky was pretty clear so had hopes. Finally, there is the first one, quite bright, watched it pass overhead for over a minute. Then nothing for a minute or two. Suddenly saw a bright light for less than a second, but was able to follow a faint light for some time. Over time, two more bright flashes then a faint light. All three flashes occurred in the same area. If not for the bright flash, I probably would have missed the faint moving light that followed. So, what was that flash? I'm wondering if I was seeing a reflection of the sun off the solar panels. It makes some sense to me. Has anyone else ever witnessed something similar?
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« Reply #192 on: October 16, 2020, 04:08:19 AM »

Is it something like this?

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Satellite_flare
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« Reply #193 on: October 16, 2020, 05:37:24 AM »

I think that may be what I saw. From reading that article, some satellites still produce a flare. What I saw was less than one second but was about as bright as Jupiter is right now.   
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« Reply #194 on: October 16, 2020, 02:24:22 PM »

Hi Vic,
Maggie's link tells the story about the Iridium flares.  As some satellites tumble they reflect the sunlight as you said.  https://www.heavens-above.com/ used to list the times and locations to see these flares, and with high accuracy too.  You could be outside expecting a flare and if someone was handy you could tell them to look "there" at the right moment and you would see a bright flare.  When it happened they would be looking at you in fear of someone with mystical powers.  It brings to mind the Bob Hope movie when he was about to be boiled by jungle natives and he told them if they did try to boil him he would removes the sun from the sky.  It was convenient he knew a solar eclipse was predicted.  They backed off and he was adored by all at the end of the eclipse for returning the sun to them.  Think it was this movie he also demonstrated the magic of matches.  And told them to practice with the one he lit as he blew out.

Heavens-Above has lots of valuable timings of things to see in the sky.  The ISS fly overs and the Starlink satellites are just couple of examples.
A flare is a neat thing to catch sight of.  Congratulations on this recent one.  It is like a rainbow. The flare and rainbow you see are your own. The person next to you sees their own as each are dependent on your exact location.  The intensity you see and that of the person next to you are different, even if only very minutely so.  Aaaaa....location, location, location....

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« Reply #195 on: October 16, 2020, 04:44:25 PM »

Thanks Mike, I feel privileged to have seen it when I did. I had no idea that excised. Also I do have Heavens Above saved in favorites for several years but never think to look there for info. 
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« Reply #196 on: October 19, 2020, 02:47:49 AM »

Looked for the telescope last night but it was a no show. Too bad, I had several neighbors looking too. Tonight, just me and I watched it for a long time. First time I've seen it. It doesn't have much of a tilt to it's orbit so stays low on the southern horizon. 
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« Reply #197 on: October 20, 2020, 07:20:35 PM »

Will be looking for the Hubble again tonight. Clear skies are promised. If you can see Jupiter where you are you should see the telescope also as it will pass almost directly over Jupiter viewing from here in WNC.
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