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Space Station Sighting?

jondf 14 2.8k
21 Aug 2011 10:59PM
Arrived home this evening around 10pm and looked up at the stars (as one often does) when I spotted a large blob of light coming from a south-westerly direction. It was moving uniformly like a satellite but was much bigger. I rushed inside to get the binoculars but the blob just looked bigger with no additional resolution. Anyone know if the ISS was due over the UK tonight?
Ewanneil 10 1.1k 2 Scotland
21 Aug 2011 11:18PM
I don't know where you are based but you could check here.
21 Aug 2011 11:21PM
Sounds like it and the time was about right. Its around most evenings now. There's a website you can go on to check out when its due ( or tweet @peoplesastro for updates
Jestertheclown 12 8.4k 253 England
21 Aug 2011 11:50PM
That looks interesting.
I'll keep a look out for that next time the sky's clear enough.
jondf 14 2.8k
22 Aug 2011 10:50AM
Thanks all...
Tooth 16 5.8k 227 Ireland
22 Aug 2011 12:33PM
It'll be visible for nine more nights (over Ireland anyway)
Metalhead 13 1.9k 2 England
22 Aug 2011 1:13PM
The website is one of the best resources for showing sightings of all the thousands of man-made Earth satellites up there. The Iridium ones can flare up so bright sometimes that I've seen them in daylight!

I've also found that they do an Android app which basically points you to the place in the sky that you should be looking! Very clever stuff.
jondf 14 2.8k
22 Aug 2011 3:13PM
For those in Leeds - it's due again around 8.45pm tonight coming from a WSW direction. Should be visible for up to five minutes, weather permitting.

Check your location and time here (thanks Ewan) -
Ewanneil 10 1.1k 2 Scotland
22 Aug 2011 10:30PM
Just watched it go over. Despite partial cloud cover it was so bright we could still see it. Even my wife and son, who are usually difficult to enthuse over such things, were impressed.
jondf 14 2.8k
23 Aug 2011 9:58AM

Quote:Despite partial cloud cover it was so bright we could still see it.

Same here. Makes you wonder how many folk think it's a UFO?
simont 16 2.3k 4 United Kingdom
23 Aug 2011 10:02AM

Quote:Makes you wonder how many folk think it's a UFO?

Seemingly quite a few - The Raelian Movement

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