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Space Station/Jupiter Eclipse

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posted on May, 13 2004 @ 10:05 AM
The Science@NASA Website is reporting an event that should not be missed if you have the opportunity (and the right weather!) to catch it.

On May 13th, weather permitting, sky watchers up and down the US east coast can see the International Space Station (ISS) glide by the planet Jupiter. The ISS looks like a slow-moving meteor, as bright as Jupiter itself. When the two converge ... it's going to be beautiful.

The "path of totality," only about 80-meters wide, runs from Alabama to Maine. Viewed from inside this narrow corridor, the space station will pass right in front of Jupiter. It only takes a split-second for the ISS to cross the planet, but during that instant, Jupiter's cloud belts and its largest moons will wink in and out among the station's gangly solar arrays and modules.

I am going to miss out since rain is forecast, but I hope people get some good photos and video to share.

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