posted on Aug, 23 2007 @ 06:30 PM
Hi sear'. Thanks for posting.
When one eliminates all the knowns... bingo.
Could you say what day last weekend and what time (as close as you can) and what the nearest town (or Google Earth data) might be and I'd be happy to
check it with the orbital stuff from ISS/STS-118.
The ephemeris is available publicly and I have some NASA-TV public domain video that can be referred to to confirm. There were several passes last
weekend that may have been visible traveling North North East also several South East-ish on some orbits. I recall Tennessee and Kentucky being
mentioned more than once on different nights but not Arkansas to my best recollection.
The "pass" duration of 3 minutes "fits" ISS just about perfectly, if it was pretty close to being over your head as oppossed to more to the
horizon. Closer to the horizion equals a shorter duration sighting. Pass durations in North America last weekend ranged from 1 minutes to almost 5
minutes depending on one's proximity to the fly-over orbital path.
It's pretty big and hard not to miss when looking up at the right time for more than a second or two... the light varies on it as the sunlight it
gets (while were in dark on the ground) makes it look "different" on subsequent sightings. It is very noticable at times. If it was late in the
weekend one could see two lights one leading the other and separating more and more on each 92 minute "pass" period. It's neat to watch. I have yet
to get a decent photo or video... I've tried a bunch of times and I can't get a decent pic... and video? No way to track well - shake-o-rama. I
really don't know how some videos can look great but mine are - not worth looking at... LOL.
sear', maybe to check what you saw for yourself, consider clicking to the NASA web site and look for a link to ISS overflights by city and see if you
can get a look at an ISS pass and compare to what you saw? It could confirm or eliminate ISS as a potential source of what you saw.