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ISS - Visible Passes | Home | Info. | Orbit | Help |
Search period start: 07 June 2012 00:00
Search period end: 17 June 2012 00:00
Location: Darlington, 54.5249°N, 1.5596°W
Orbit: 391 x 406 km, 51.6° (Epoch: 06 June)
Passes to include: visible only all
Click on the date to get a star chart and other pass details.
Date Brightness Start Highest point End
(mag) Time Alt. Az. Time Alt. Az. Time Alt. Az.
07 Jun -3.2 00:50:00 10° WSW 00:53:05 46° S 00:56:12 10° E
07 Jun -3.1 02:26:06 10° W 02:29:11 44° S 02:32:16 10° ESE
07 Jun -2.9 23:56:02 10° SW 23:59:02 38° SSE 00:02:03 10° E
08 Jun -3.2 01:32:00 10° W 01:35:07 49° S 01:38:14 10° ESE
08 Jun -2.4 03:08:21 10° W 03:11:05 26° SSW 03:13:50 10° SE
This is fairly typical for an ISS flyover; it is further away initially, and since it is approximately 250 miles above the surface and following the curvature of the Earth, the ISS brightens as it gets closer to your location, then usually dimming again as it moves away.
At first it seemed quite dim, like satellite's I have seen before, but after a couple of seconds watching, it dimmed, then got a lot brighter
Originally posted by AkumaStreak
If you can't identify it, it's a UFO until identified. That's what an unidentified flying object is. Just sayin'.edit on 6/6/2012 by AkumaStreak because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by FireballStorm
It sounds like you saw the ISS. I'm not far from you and there was a pass listed for my location at around that time.
If go here and enter your precise location, you will see the pass listed.
Edit to add - As you suggested, the zig-zaging is actually an optical illusion similar to the autokinetic effect that is quite common when observing satellites.edit on 6-6-2012 by FireballStorm because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by AbdulAlhazred
This is my first ever thread. I am mostly a lurker here, but I do post on occasion if I have something I think worth saying. I've been meaning to write an introduction for a while now, but I never get round to it. Anyway, thats for another day...
I was just out in the back garden for a cigarette and noticed a fairly bright star like light travelling across the sky. I am in the Darlington area in the UK, and the time was about 0055 GMT. Its probably worth mentioning that while I am outside quite a lot at night, and I do stargaze a fair amount, I do not have a great depth of knowledge about astronomical things. I have often seen satellites passing, and shooting stars etc, but I don't recall ever seeing 1 quite so bright. As best I can work out (though I may be completely wrong) it was travelling across the sky roughly from ESE to WSW, and took about45 secs to a minute to traverse the visible sky from my viewpoint (probably about 1/4 - 1/3 of the dome). At first it seemed quite dim, like satellite's I have seen before, but after a couple of seconds watching, it dimmed, then got a lot brighter. Im kind of putting the light difference down to high altitude cloud or what not. It seemed to get at least as bright as venus.
I have done a quick google on current location of the ISS, and if the website I found is to be trusted, then the ISS is not around these parts, and apparently in Earths shadow. Im sure theres plenty of other things up there it could have been, and i'm just wondering if anyone can possibly pinpoint it?
On a side note, there was a couple of moments where it seemed to zig-zag a bit on its path, but I have read about similar optical illusions that can occur when observing the sky. I've never really experienced it before, and I wonder if the brightness might have emphasised the effect...
Either that or I was watching a shiny new spaceship joyride!!!
Thanks for any help in advance!
Originally posted by 303inMyBrain
Yep must of been ISS thanks for the links FireballStorm & argentus.
Star for ya both & OP Cheers.
Originally posted by Serenity777
Well...if it wasn't a UFO, then you've already identified it...which means, that this whole thread is useless. -And, I'm not excited as it takes much more than a light in the sky to get my attention.
Originally posted by Destinyone
reply to post by Serenity777
Rude of you...shame on you. I hope people aren't as rude to you when you post a thread.
I found it interesting, and well written, as did others. OP ignore people like this. They often never have anything nice to say.